Prabhupada's letter to Caruhasa
Posted December 12, 2002
Hare Krsna! Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila
I saw my name mentioned on your website in the article by Bhakta Vinay
("Guys, Girls and Caruhasa"), so I thought I should chip in to the debate.
I was actually one of Caruhasa's earliest supporters when he was trying to
get his Ramayan movie off the ground, but it became apparent to me after a
while that perhaps we was not the best person to attempt this project.
impression was confirmed to me by the following letter Prabhupada wrote to
Caruhasa in 1974, which I believe is the letter that Bhakta Vinay is
referring to in his article:
"My dear Caruhasa das,
Please accept my blessings. I have received your letter undated and also
seen the picture book. You should know it that Krsna is not a plaything.
These things should strictly not be done*. If you do this, then Krsna
become a fairy tale. Please drop this matter.
I hope this meets you in good health.
Your ever well wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami" (Letter, 20 July 1974, Los Angeles)
*According to Folio, this letter is "about trying to have karmis make a
movie on Krsna Book."
One could argue that the Ramayan is not Krsna Book; but then again, Lord
Ramacandra IS Krsna, and the intent of Srila Prabhupada's instructions to
Caruhasa seems clear to me: "Krsna is not a plaything...If you do this,
then Krsna will become a fairy tale."
If Prabhupada says that something "should strictly not be done", then it
would be a foolish person indeed who would go ahead and do it anyway.
There is, of course, a possibility that Caruhasa Prabhu has another signed
letter from Srila Prabhupada which countermands this previous instruction;
however, I have not been able to find such a letter on Folio.
I am in complete agreement with Bhakta Vinay Prabhu's conclusion that:
"Srila Prabhupada, as always, is always right!" Indeed, were we to
whimsically discard any signed directive from Srila Prabhupada, then the
result would only be a disastrous one.