Dear BRC supporters and well wishers
Please accept my humble obeisances _/\ò_. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
You will be glad to know that on April 7th 2013 the BRC and the managing committee (Bhakti Vinod Gosthi) of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s birth place at Dodasa Mandir, Birnagar signed an agreement to allow the BRC to catalogue, scan and preserve all the original works of Bhaktivinoda Thakura. All originals will remain at Dodasa Mandir and copies will be kept at the BRC.
In 1972 Srila Prabhupada wrote to Yadubara and Acyutananda:
Letter to Acyutananda June 12 1972:
I have asked Yadubara to come there to Birnagar from Bombay for photographing all of the manuscripts in the possession of Lalita Prashad Thakura page by page very completely before it is too late. The pages are in very decrepit condition, so best thing is to request Lalita Prashad if we may take care of them by treating them against insects and storing them in a tight, dry storage place where they may be preserved for future generations of Vaisnavas to see the actual handwriting and words of such great saintly persons.
Treat this matter very seriously and thoroughly, and take all precautions to protect this wonderful boon of literatures forever. Yadubara may photograph every page, never mind Bengali or English or any other language, and later we shall see where to send the copies to different places. You also write to Yadubara at Bombay in this connection and request him to join you in Birnagar immediately. I have also written him. These items are very, very priceless and are a great treasure house of Vaisnava lore, so be very careful in the matter and take all precautions to guard them.
Letter to: Yadubara — Los Angeles 20 June, 1972
N.B. I have just now got one letter from Acyutananda Maharaja from Mayapur, and his plan is to photograph all of the original manuscripts of Bhaktivinode Thakura which are held by his son, Lalita Prasad Thakura, in Birnagar. This is a very, very important work, so I think you are just the right man for going there with Acyutananda to make photos of each and every page of the old manuscripts as they are in very bad condition.
After 41 years this desire of Srila Prabhupada is going to be fulfilled.
I would like to thank HH Jayapataka Swami and Sripad Bodhayan Swami for their help, the BSCT for their support, and also Sri Vamsidasa Babaji and the members of Bhaktivinoda Ghoshthi for their warm and friendly dealings and allowing us to render this service for the pleasure of the Vaisnavas and Srila Prabhupada.
Your humble servant, Hari-sauri dasa
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