Hansadutta World Travelling Sankirtan Party

Hansaduttas World Travelling Sankirtan Party

Srila Prabhupada wrote a series of letters to Hansadutta in the late 60’s detailing his vision for the
“World Sankirtan Party”, a kirtan group consisting of two harmoniums, two mrdangas and six cartals,
that would travel the world performing kirtan concerts in halls.


Letter to Hamsaduta -- Tokyo 2 May, 1972
Letters, 1972 Hamburg

My dear Hamsaduta,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated 21 April, 1972, along with photos of busses. I do not know about these things, but I think a double-decker bus may not pass all the road obstacles such as bridges and tunnels between Germany and India, so I think a single-decker bus may be more practical for driving there. So far Germany, you can purchase one bus and let us develop that program gradually, if we see it is successful. You can report to me how the bus is running, and you may correspond with Kirtanananda Maharaja in Boston as he has got many such busses. He can give you best advice.

Hoping this will meet you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

ACBS/sda



His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
(Letters to Hansadutta das):

Regarding 'World Sankirtana Party', now the best of my students interested in Sankirtana, namely Mukunda, Tamal and yourself, are now in Europe, so I hope in the very near future you shall organize a very grand World Sankirtana Party and make a tour the world over and if you like I can also go with you.

Personally I still maintain the idea of a World Sankirtana Party, but such things, at the present moment, are a dream only. But one day maybe it will come out successful.

The purpose of 'World Sankirtana Party' will be to establish a center in each and every city and village of the world. I do not mean a concert party or a musical party that may go to a city, have some performances and collect some money without any perminant effect. For this purpose the 'World Sankirtana Party' should consist of members who can impress spiritual ecstasy in the hearts of the people, that some of them may come forward and agree to establish a center where the sankirtana may go on continually.

 

Srila Prabhupada Letter to: Hamsaduta
Tuesday, May 14, 1968, Allston, Mass

My Dear Hamsaduta,
Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated May 13, 1968, and noted the contents.

It is very good news that you are getting one bus for traveling with the Sankirtana party. Our first plan was like that--that we should have a nice Sankirtana party and travel all over the country. But since you said that you could not organize such a party, I requested you to go to open a center in Germany. Now our principle business and aim is to preach this Krishna Consciousness movement, and wherever we get the opportunity, we should take advantage of it.

Now, it is up to you, to settle up--whether you should go to Germany or travel about here in this country. If you have got at least 6 members for your party, then I would advise you to travel in this country with the Sankirtana party. But if you have no members to assist you, then you can try to open a center in Germany, as our good friend Subala is trying, struggling alone in Sante Fe, and still pulling on.

Our only business is to spread Krishna Consciousness to the best of our possibility, and Krishna has given us discrimination and judgment. So, Krishna is within you, you chant and ask Him, Krishna and He will give you proper instruction.

So far from my side, I can say that if you have got a party who can travel with you, then you can travel with them for some time with the Sankirtana party. If you go in the bus with your Sankirtana party, then we must sell our literatures, magazines, books, records, etc. The whole institution is not in very sound financial position, so we should always remember this position and try to sell our articles so that we may again publish our books and literatures.

Back to Godhead is already in difficulty for financial matter. It is giving me some anxiety. Back to Godhead may not be stopped publication--it will be a great setback for our missionary purpose.

At any rate, we should accept that bus.

Hope you are well.
Your ever well-wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami



Srila Prabhupada Letter to: Hamsaduta
Mayapur, 29 January, 1976 - 76-01-29
Bhaktivedanta Manor

My dear Hamsaduta,
Please accept my blessings. I beg to thank you for your letter dated January, 23, 1976.

Your struggle in Germany is the struggle between Hiranyakasipu and Prahlada Maharaja, and Prahlada Maharaja must come out triumphant. When there is so much interference on the part of Kamsa, Krishna must come out victorious, and kill Kamsa.

Yes, begin the bus program village to village, distributing kirtana, prasadam and books. That will make our foundation strong.
Just pray to Krishna for help. Krishna will come out triumphant without any doubt.

I hope this meets you well.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


Srila Prabhupada Letter to: Hamsaduta
Mayapur, 16 February, 1976 - 76-02-16
Delhi

My dear Hamsaduta das,
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated February 7, 1976.

Yes, with great pleasure I will accompany and we shall go village to village.
I have seen the pictures and the buses look very nice. They appear costly.
Regarding London, what I can advise. We must have a city centre. You do the needful, whatever is practical.*

I hope this meets you well.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


Srila Prabhupada Letter to: Hamsaduta
76-07-31, Vrindaban

My dear Hamsaduta Maharaja;

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated July 24, 1976 and have noted the contents with care. You should carry on your sankirtana movement; you are fit for that. Wherever you like you can make your Hq.

I hope this meets you in good health.
Your ever well wisher
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Srila Prabhupada Letter to: Hamsaduta

23 December, 1973, Los Angeles

My dear Hamsaduta,
Please accept my blessings. I am in receipt of your letter dated December 15, 1973.

Previously I have seen copy of German Easy Journey to Other Planets. It is very nice. The printing is very good and I am quite pleased. Thank you very much for helping me spread this transcendental knowledge to the Germanic peoples. It is a great credit for you and all the German devotees and Lord Caitanya will bless you with devotion to His lotus feet. I am very anxious to see our Bhagavad-gita in German so as soon as it is completed, kindly send me a copy.

Regarding the Volkswagen bus, if it is not possible to bring in March to India then it can be brought at a later date. Yes, you should go to London and give me a report on the progress there. Mukunda and Madhavananda are sincere workers and are trying to organize things there. So you may go and help them, not interrupt but help.

I gladly accept the devotees you have recommended for initiations and enclosed find their names, threads and gayatri mantra sheets. You may chant on the beads of the first initiates and hold a fire sacrifice amongst our members.

After that the second initiates may listen to the gayatri tape I have made through the right ear once only. Hare Krsna.

I hope this meets you well.
Your ever well-wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami