Europe and America are in great danger
I read your sankirtana newsletter with great relish. Europe and America are in great danger; this Hare Krsna movement is enveloping them. The sankirtana devotees are very, very dear to Krsna because you are doing the field work of distribution, Krsna has immediately recognized them as true servants. Just like during war time, a farm boy or ordinary clerk who goes to fight for his country on the front, immediately becomes a national hero for his sincere effort. So Krsna immediately recognizes a preacher of Krsna consciousness who takes all risks to deliver his message. It is called drdha-vrata determination.
These boys and girls are mahatmas:
mahatmanas tu mam partha, daivim prakrtim asritah;
bhajanty ananya-manaso, jnatva bhutadim avyayam
‘O son of Prtha, those who are not deluded, the great souls, are under the protection of the divine nature. They are fully engaged in devotional service because they know me as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, original and inexhaustible.’ This verse is applicable here, if these boys were under material nature they would not take so much risk, they are mahatma, they are real mahatma, not that long beard and saffron cloth mahatma. They are unswerving in their determination—drdha-vrata. All glories to the American devotees!
Letter to Uttamasloka dasa, 11th December, 1975
Sent by Bhakti Vikasa Maharaha