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September 27, 1972 : Los Angeles

Srutakirti: The following is an excerpt from a letter I wrote to Kirtanananda Maharaja three weeks after leaving New Vrindavan and becoming Srila Prabhupada's personal servant:
Prabhupada also received your sandesha yesterday, and I put two on his plate last night at his request, along with pineapple and hot milk. He bit into one and said Kirtanananda Maharaja made first-class sandesha. He then said how sandesha and rasagulla are called Bengali sweets and how they are "standard." He has been criticizing L.A.'s making of concocted sweets - sweets with puffed rice, carob, powdered milk, food coloring, peanut butter in different combinations that he did not care for.

He said, "I have given you sandesha, rasagulla, and sweet balls. These are standard sweets and are very good. Why do they go to these different things?" So last night I made cheese and turned it into sandesha this morning. I gave him one of the sandesha you had made and one I had made with his lunch. He ate both. When he was finished, I asked him how the sandesha was. His face lit up and he said, "Did you make them?" I told him what I had done and he said they were very good. I am really happy because they are one of his favorite sweets.

Reference: Srila Prabhupada Uvaca - Srutakirti Dasa