I would like to come and preach to the people there.
Aravindaksi dasi: That made my mother very, very angry because she was seeing that I was becoming more and more Krishna conscious, and she was finding it difficult to cook separately for me. She even tried to make it hard for me, "You have to eat what I prepare or not at all." So when I was really hungry, I had to go in the kitchen and cook myself. After I did that, my mother, I guess, felt pity about it and she started cooking actually for me. After a while, only Amogha das stayed and it was then that he saw my perhaps, this is what he said, that "I see some sincerity in you, and do you want to see Srila Prabhupada?" I said, "I do, but it sounds so impossible. Can we ask Srila Prabhupada to come here, all the way?" Then he said, "Yes, why not? Because Srila Prabhupada always makes trips around the world, and soon he might come to Malaysia and he will go to Australia. And looking at the position of Indonesia, it's somewhere in between and we could ask him to stop by for a few days." So I said, "How would I do that?" And he said, "Well, just write sincerely to him, I will help you out, and I
will send it to him. Srila Prabhupada always answers all the letters that come to him."
I actually made a letter, but it was modified by Amogha das on how to put the words like "please accept my humble obeisances" in the beginning. I did not know anything about that. Soon after that the letter was sent. In hardly 10 days to 15 days, I got a reply from Srila Prabhupada. It was a full page that he wrote. It was a very long letter, "My blessings are for you and if you have sincerely invited me, if Krishna decides I could stop by for a few days." He did ask in his letter about how many devotees are there, do you chant regularly, do you have programs regularly, what are your activities. He did ask about "I hope you are keeping well" and "I would like to come and preach to the people there." He did not stress so much on the Indians, but at that time there were more Indian devotees than the local ones.
Reference: Following Srila Prabhupada – A Chronological Series
Author: Yadubara Dasa