Water the Seeds

– Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, 23 May 1996 UK

Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja ordered me, “I am giving some water to you, go there and water the seeds, creepers, and plants who are in dire need of being nourished. Otherwise, they will dry, wither, and ultimately die.” So, I came with the water of harikatha. What I speak is based on what I have heard from my bonafide guruvarga, gurudeva, and many siksa gurus.

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