Prabhupada Letters :: 1972
a.c. bhaktivedanta swami

30 September 2007
30 September, 1972  

Los Angeles

My dear Sankarasan,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated September 28, 1972, and I have noted the contents carefully.

Your question is how much or how little brahmacaris should associate with the unmarried brahmacarinis in the temple. As brahmacari you should not mix at all with brahmacarinis. Actually they should not at all see the face, but that is not possible in your country. But so far as possible, remain separate and talk almost nil. Brahmacari is advised not to go near a young woman anywhere.

A brahmacari should always address every woman as mother. In your country it is a little difficult, but the principle is to avoid. To talk secretly or privately is strictly prohibited. If you want to discuss philosophy and other matters you can discuss publicly in a meeting, but not privately.

A brahmacari and unmarried woman in the same room together alone is strictly forbidden.

Hoping this meets you in good health.

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

ACBS/sda

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