Dear TOVP Donors and Well-Wishers,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
guhyam akhyati prcchati
bhunkte bhojayate caiva
Offering gifts and accepting gifts, revealing one’s mind in confidence and inquiring confidentially, accepting prasada and offering prasada – these are the six symptoms of love shared by devotees.
Nectar of Instruction, Text 4
Our policy at the TOVP fundraising department has always been based on these instructions from Rupa Goswami’s Upadesamrta. Asking for your hard-earned money is a sensitive task no matter how worthy the purpose, but as we ask from our hearts with love, so you are also giving from yours in the same way. We also do our best to reciprocate with appropriate gifts and offerings. We try to be as forthright and honest in revealing our plans, finances and construction updates, as you are to us when inquiring about various matters. Just as many of you fed us sumptuously during our tours around the world, we are mailing maha-prasadam to many of our donors and if we ever have the opportunity, we will certainly feed you with prasadam in Mayapur.
In order to further the above purposes, and with Ambarisa prabhu’s full approval and inspiration, we have formed a TOVP communications team at our Mayapur office, staffed by several initiated and dedicated devotees. In order to reach devotees in different countries throughout the world, they will be actively making calls around the clock. In the years to come they will serve many functions in improving our service both to you and to the TOVP, such as:
- Inspiring devotees around the world about this project
- Providing you with construction updates
- Helping you arrange your donations
- Informing you of special events related to the TOVP
- Maintaining and updating our donor database
- Raising awareness and answering general questions about the TOVP
In this way we will feel like a worldwide team, all working together for a common purpose in the construction of the TOVP. As Srila Prabhupada said, “Your love for me will be shown by how well you cooperate together.” This effort will be an offering of service to him in this spirit, and we pray that everyone involved will receive his blessings. We hope you will look forward to hearing from us as much as we look forward to speaking to you. This loving reciprocation will enhance our Krishna consciousness and forward march back to Godhead.
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me at the email address below.
Braja Vilas das
Global Fundraising Director