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Some of the Instructions of Prahlāda Mahārāja

The importance of guru has always been stated first. After taking dīkṣā and śikṣā from a sad-guru, one must render intimate service to guru. Offer whatever you have gained to guru, because he will offer the same to Kṛṣṇa. Sādhu-saṅga must surely be there and the worship of Kṛṣṇa must definitely be observed. Hari-kathā must always be respected. These are some of the instructions of Prahlāda Mahārāja.

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Gurudeva Katha

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The Topmost Love – San Francisco 05 1996 July

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Book excerpts

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