This is a letter sent by His Holiness Radhanath Swami to his dear friends, the devotees in Bologna, Italy and shared with the devotees all over Italy. His wisdom and concern are so poignant and instructive for us all right now… ~Rukmini Walker
To my beloved family of devotees in Italy,
Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
With my heart and soul I am praying for all of you. Please do whatever is best to protect your health. Our bodies are gifts that Krishna has entrusted to us for divine service.
Srimad Bhagavatam was spoken by Sukadeva Goswami to a man destined to die in seven days. Srila Prabhupada often told us that no one knows for sure if we have even seven minutes in our present bodies. Like a drop of water on a lotus leaf, life in the material world is always uncertain and vulnerable to disease, old age and death. But, for one who takes shelter of our supreme ever-well-wishing friend and lover, who resides within our hearts, Sri Krishna, then the joy of eternal life in divine love is awakened. That is our true fortune. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada have given us the Holy Names of Radha Krishna, Srimad Bhagavatam, association of devotees, worshipful Deities, and wonderful opportunities to serve. Let us sincerely remember and remind each other of these precious gifts.
My heart is breaking to think of the struggles that you and the people of Italy are passing through. I offer my sincerest prayers to our beloved Lord to protect you and to shower intimate blessings and grace upon you.
Thank you very much for your life of devotion.
With gratitude, your servant,