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Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Guru and Gauranga.
As many of you know our beloved god sister, Prema Devi, recently left her body. She was an extraordinary devotee, greatly dedicated to her Gurudeva, Bhakti Tirtha Swami. This dedication was manifest through her many services to her Gurudeva.
One of these services was purchasing the "Institute house" in Gita Nagari, Pennsylvania.
During Bhakti Tirtha Swami's last ten years on this planet he dedicated a tremendous amount of loving energy to the Gita Nagari farm project. He spoke of the importance of Gita Nagari to Srila Prabhupada and therefore its importance to him. When on the farm, he lived in the house purchased by Mother Prema. Other than the temple itself, this house became a central point of meeting and service for devotees. Not only was it the home of Bhakti Tirtha Swami but when his god family visited the farm, this is the place where they were sheltered and served.
During the last five months of his life when Bhakti Tirtha Swami could have chosen any place in the world to transition from his physical body, he chose this special house in Gita Nagari. In the will left by His Holiness, he requested the house continue to be used in service, and also house a museum that could present testimony to his beloved Srila Prabhupada's mission.
Dear Mother Prema paid this mortgage up to the last month of her life, and now we are in danger of losing this house. A small group of devotees from America and Europe have come together to facilitate the completion of this mission. For the past few months, a few generous devotees have paid the mortgage. Now it us up to us to continue this wonderful service.
The preservation of Gurudevas tirtha is now up to us! Without support we will not be able to maintain the house, and it could be lost forever.
The remaining mortgage on this house is approximately $110,000. The monthly amount to pay the mortage, taxes, insurance, utilities, upkeep and future repairs on the house is $2000.
We are humbly, yet emphatically asking for your help to realize Bhakti Tirtha Swami's last wishes for his tirtha in Gita Nagari - The preservation of the house, and exciting future plans to create a museum according to Gurudevas last wishes.
We are requesting donations in the form of monthly pledges. All donations are tax-deductible. Monthly progress updates of this wonderful endeavor will be forthcoming. Remember, many hands make for light work so please, if possible, help. Our mailing address is:
IFAST (Institute for Applied Spiritual Technology)
PO Box 4572
Rockville, MD 20849
For electronic credit/debit card donations our secure donation address is: http://my.simplegive.com/dl/?uid=the636221
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In addition to your financial support, we would deeply appreciate your prayers and blessing in our meager effort to serve this great Vaisnava, his divine father Srila Prabhupada, and the Gita Nagari community.
Thank you for your time and kind consideration.
Yours in Service,
Citishakti Devi Dasi
Jadurani Devi Dasi
Murari Gupta Das