Acaryas Quotes Gurudeva said today The Qualification to Understand

The Qualification to Understand

Devotee: How is your writing?
Śrīla Gurudeva: Very interesting. Bhaktivedānta Svāmī, your Gurudeva, has hidden something and I am opening it. You should pray to Kṛṣṇa that He should give me life and health, then I can finish [the 11th and 12th canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam].

Devotee: But my prayers are not effective.

Śrīla Gurudeva: If everyone will pray, He is bound to hear.

Devotee: We don’t have the qualification to understand your books, so we put them on the altar and worship them. Unless you give us the qualification, how will we read?

Śrīla Gurudeva: When you will read, Rūpa Gosvāmī himself will give you qualification.

May 15, 2008 Miami

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