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Watering The Seed (With Teachings from His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

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Item Code: NAJ138
Author: Giriraj Swami
Publisher: Torchlight Publshing
Language: English
Edition: 2010
ISBN: 9780981727332
Pages: 382
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
Weight 660 gm
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About the Book

Watering the Seed is an invaluable offering to all aspirants on the path of devotion. Inside you will find many wonderful personal exchanges between Srila Prbhupada and his dear disciple Giriraj Swan who shares his realizations with the honest wisdom, and humility for which he is known and loved. He recounts how Lord Krishna’s beloved gardener, Srila Prabhupada, toe such great care to water the seed of devotion within his heart.

You will be transported into Srila Prabhupada intimate association during some of the me historic moments of ISKCON's development You will be given entrance into his private quarters to witness his gentle fatherly 10 toward his young and sometimes perplexed spiritual child. Srila Prabhupada's innocent child like humor will bring joy to your heal You will see how he, in his compassion for t. conditioned souls, overcomes all opposition with unrelenting determination and fait You will hear Srila Prabhupada's spontaneous philosophical perspectives both in times crisis and in everyday life.

In 1965 His Divine Grace A. C. Bhak vedanta Swami Prabhupada embarked upon a mission that would fulfill an ancient, Iongawaited prophecy. His spirit of selfless compassion passion will be imprinted forever upon the pages of religious history. Those illustrious souls who stepped forward to sacrifice the lives to help Srila Prabhupada became the dearmost recipients of his priceless blessing his Holiness Giriraj Swami is one such shining jewel in the necklace of Sri la Prabhupada beloved followers. "Get the association of Giriraj Swami. Soft heart, very soft heart, and good brain-good combination. That's why Srila Prabhupada liked him so much."

About the Author

Giriraj Swami is a spiritual leader and initiating guru in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). He met his spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in 1969 and followed him to India, where he made significant contributions to Srila Prabhupada's mission, most notably overseeing the development of Hare Krishna Land in Juhu, Bombay. Later he led the development of the Bhaktivedanta Ashram in Govardhana, and the Kirtan Ashram for women, the Bhaktivedanta Hospice, and the Institute of Palliative Care, in Vrindavan.

He was awarded sannyasa, the renounced order of life, in 1978, became a member of ISKCON's governing commission, and oversaw the Society's activities in Bombay, Mauritius, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. He has preached extensively in India and throughout the world.

Giriraj Swami is now focused on Srila Prabhupada's personal instruction to him to write. He has been a frequent contributor to Back to Godhead magazine and is working on several books and publications.


In 1965 His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada embarked upon a mission that would fulfill an ancient, long-awaited prophecy. His spirit of selfless compassion will be imprinted forever upon the pages of religious history. He spread the eternal message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu through- out the world. By his words and example, Srila Prabhupada established that Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, that all living beings are His eternal servants, and that the ultimate perfection of life is to awaken pure love for Krsna through the sublime method of chanting His holy names. With tears in his eyes, Srila Prabhupada would appeal to his followers to assist him in his divine service to humanity. Those illustrious souls who stepped forward to sacrifice their lives to help Srila Prabhupada became the dear most recipients of his priceless blessings. His Holiness Giriraj Swami Maharaja is one such shining jewel in the necklace of Srila Prabhupada's beloved followers.

Giriraj Swami is the son of a well-known and respected attorney, judge, philanthropist, and advocate for religious free- dom. In fact, to honor his father's contributions to jurisprudence and the community, Cook County, which includes Chicago, dedicated a courtroom in his name. After graduating from a prestigious university in Boston, Giriraj Swami dedicated his life to the path of pure devotion. Renouncing the pleasures of material opulence and prestige, he became one of the pioneers in Srila Prabhupada's mission in India.

Srila Prabhupada wanted to establish a temple for Sri Sri Radha and Krsna in Bombay. There was no support. Giriraj Swami lived in sub-poverty conditions on a plot of land infested with rats, mosquitoes, and life-threatening diseases. Corrupt government officers and gangs of criminals were creating continuous dangerous disturbances. Still, Giriraj Swami remained faithful, lovingly enduring all obstacles to please his spiritual master.

His father and mother came to India. They offered him a million dollars if he would return home. But Giriraj Swami replied that his service to Srila Prabhupada was a treasure beyond all the wealth in the world.

Srila Prabhupada saw in Giriraj Swami a genuinely surrendered servant and thus invested him with immense responsibility and great trust. Srila Prabhupada offered him the rare gift of being one of his close personal associates.

Watering the Seed is an invaluable offering to all aspirants on the path of devotion. In this book we will find many wonderful personal exchanges between Srila Prabhupada and his dear disciple. Giriraj Swami kindly shares his realizations with the honesty, wisdom, and humility for which he is known and loved. This book will transport us into Srila Prabhupada's intimate association during some of the most historic moments of ISKCON's development. We will be given entrance into his private quarters to see the beautiful human qualities of a world acarya from behind the scenes. We will witness his gentle fatherly love toward his young and sometimes perplexed spiritual child. At the same time, Srila Prabhupada's innocent childlike humor will bring joy to our hearts. We will see how Srila Prabhupada, in his compassion for the fallen, conditioned souls, overcomes all opposition with unrelenting determination and faith. Throughout these pages we will hear his spontane- ous philosophical perspectives both in times of crisis and in everyday life. Giriraj Swami recounts how Lord Krsna's beloved gardener took such personal care to water the seed of devotion within his heart.

It is my great fortune to have the opportunity to write the foreword to this book, which is the first in a series of publications by my dear god brother and friend. I pray that all who read watering the seed may be blessed with ever-increasing appreciation for Srila Prabhupada’s monumental contribution to our lives.


In April of 1969, when I heard Srila Prabhupada for the first time, he explained that if we sow the seed of service to God and water it with chanting, God will give us the sunlight to help make it grow. I did not realize it at the time, but Srila Prabhupada had just given me the seed of devotional service. The process by which the spiritual master gives the seed of devotional service to the disciple is explained in Sri Caitanya- caritamrta (Madhya 19.151):

brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
guru-krsna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija
"Out of many millions of living entities wandering throughout the universe, one who is very fortunate gets an opportunity to associate with a bona fide spiritual master by the grace of Krsna. By the mercy of both Krsna and the spiritual master, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service."

In his purport Srila Prabhupada elaborates: "Krsna is situated in everyone's heart, and if one desires something, Krsna fulfills one's desire. If the living entity by chance or fortune comes in contact with the Krsna consciousness movement and wishes to associate with that movement, Krsna, who is situated in everyone's heart, gives him the chance to meet a bona fide spiritual master. ... Such a person is fortified by both Krsna and the spiritual master. He is helped from within by Krsna and from without by the spiritual master. ...

"Everyone has dormant krsna-bhakti-love for Krsna-and in the association of good devotees, that love is revealed. As stated in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta (Madhya 22.107):

nitya-siddha krisa-prema 'sadhya' kabhu naya
sravanadi-suddha-citte karaye udaya
"Dormant devotional service to Krsna is within everyone. Simply by associating with devotees, hearing their good instructions, and chanting the Hare Krsna mantra, dormant love for Krsna is awakened. In this way one acquires the seed of devotional service."

The next verse continues:
mall hana kare sei blja aropana
sravansa-kirtana-jale karaye secana
"When a person receives the seed of devotional service, he should take care of it by becoming a gardener and sowing the seed in his heart. If he waters the seed gradually by the process of hearing and chanting, the seed will begin to sprout." (Cc Madhya 19.152)

Here Srila Prabhupada explains, "By the mercy of Krsna, one meets the bona fide spiritual master, and by the mercy of the spiritual master, the disciple is fully trained in the devotional service of the Lord.

"Bhakti-lata-bija means 'the seed of devotional service.' Everything has an original cause, or seed. For any idea, pro- gram, plan, or device, there is first of all the contemplation of the plan, and that is called bija, or the seed. The methods, rules, and regulations by which one is perfectly trained in devotional service constitute the bhakti-lata-bija, or seed of devotional service. This bhakti-lata-bija is received from the spiritual master by the grace of Krsna .... The bhakti-lata-bija can be received only through the mercy of the spiritual master. Therefore one has to satisfy the spiritual master to get the bhakti-lata-bija (yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadad). Unless one satisfies the spiritual master, he gets the bIja, or root cause, of karma, jnana, and yoga without the benefit of devotional service. However, one who is faithful to his spiritual master gets the bhakti-lata- bija ....

"After receiving the spiritual master's mercy, one must repeat his instructions, and this is called sravana-kirtana- hearing and chanting .... One has to water the bhakti-lata-bija after receiving instructions from the spiritual master."

By Srila Prabhupada's mercy we received the seed of devotional service, and since then we have tried to water it by hearing and chanting about Krsna.

The present volume is a collection of my efforts to water the original seed Srila Prabhupada gave me when we first met. Several disciples and friends suggested I publish a collection of anecdotes and articles about Srila Prabhupada and Krsna consciousness, including already-published as well as new material. I have endeavoured to glorify Krsna and His devotees for my own purification, to water my own bhakti-lata-bija. At the same time, if some spray or droplets of water touch the devotional creepers in your hearts-the hearts of the readers-I will consider my effort to be supremely successful.


Foreword xiii
Preface xvii
Acknowledgements xix
Prologue 1
Finding a Perfect Master 2
Chapter 1: Anecdotes 11
Service to Man and Service to God 12
If I Tell You I Am God, Will You Believe Me? 15
Srila Prabhupada's Equal Vision 17
Special Prerogative 23
Why Do You Sleep? 26
Where Is Krsna? 33
Remember Prabhupada's Instructions and Distribute 38
Simple 41
Always Remain Srila Prabhupada's Dog 43
A Prayer 46
Chapter 2: Spiritual Solutions to Material Problems 49
Krsna and Humanity 50
South Africa: What's the Problem? 53
Titanic Disasters 58
Harmony in the Holy Names 64
Chapter 3: Appeals and Messages 67
Not to Beg, But to Give 68
Reverence for All Life 71
The Lord's Special Mercy76
Ratha-yatra Message 81
The Real Cure 84
Prabhupada's Gifts 86
Srila Prabhupada's Incessant Mercy 89
Juhu Silver Jubilee Message 97
Chapter 4: Lectures 105
Krsna's Gifts • 106
Pure Servant, Pure Master109
Glorious Tests 116
Merciful to the Miserly 124
Preaching with Patience and Tolerance 131
Chapter 5: Advice 137
Srila Prabhupada's Mission 138
Time for Krsna 147
Our Victory 151
Never Compromise155
Srila Prabhupada's Trees 159
Service to Guru: No Higher Duty 161
Chapter 6: Prabhupada's Books169
Thousands of Foot Soldiers 170
Distribute and Get Mercy 173
The Greatest Pain, the Greatest Gain 175
Book to Godhead 176
Sankirtana Expands from Mayapur 182
Chapter 7: Srila Prabhupada 185
Studying Srila Prabhupada 186
Exchanges and Instructions 187
Every Day Is a Holiday 187
Eagerness 187
Simply by Eating 187
See What You Can Do 188
The Glitter of Gold 189
To Make an Old Man Happy 189
The Spiritual Master's Pleasure in Eating 190
Not-Liking 191
Teaching by Example 192
Harer Namaiva Kevalam 193
Always in Maya 194
All Nectar 195
You Should Write 196
Working like an Ass 199
We Can Trick Them200
You Should Preach 200
But Don't Leave202
The Same Message 202
The Same Result 203
The Powers That Be 203
The Marginal Position 205
What Pleases You Most 205
The Greatest 206
The Process of Knowledge 207
What's Wrong with Anger? 210
Special Mercy 210
Puja and Bhakti 211
Real Nectar 213
Govinda and Govinda's Organization 213
Which Do You Want?214
Spontaneous Vaisnavism 216
Krsna Will Be Satisfied 217
When Two Are Better than One 218
Our Duty is to Engage Everyone 218
They Are Liberated 222
Enjoyment and Renunciation-and Service 223
A Good Fight225
"But You Are Discouraging Me" 225
I Always Got What I Wanted 226
Inside Is Freedom 227
You Can Never Be Cured 227
Until Then, Worship Krsna 228
Speak like a Gentleman 228
The Art of Listening 229
Because I Like Everyone 230
A Pure Devotee's Longing 231
Back to Bombay 231
Gosvami 231
Not "Like," but "Life" 232
Sweet Grapes 232
Oh, Krsna, Where Are You? 233
Selling Books, Not Tickets 233
Why We Are Successful 233
Never Forget God 234
Keep It Simple 235
Rooms in Vaikuntha 235
Service Is Important 236
Bus Stop 237
Still You Must Dance 237
Patience and Tolerance238
The Same ABC 238
Line the Walls with Books 239
Why We Protect Cows 239
To Remember Means to Remember to Write It Down 240
Chant Loudly 241
Why Are You Attracted? 241
Bluffing Others and Bluffing Themselves 241
Nonviolent 241
Association while Working 242
Why Sixteen? 243
Everything Will Be Revealed 244
The Solution Is to Follow 247
Future Hope 248
Mystery Solved 249
Presenting the Gita As It Is250
Increasing Enthusiasm 253
Kirtana-Quiet and Serene 253
Organization and Intelligence 254
Sannyasa 255
Srila Prabhupada's Faith in the Holy Name 259
Srila Prabhupada-Dear to Krsna 271
Srila Prabhupada-s-Most Munificent 281
Chapter 8: Krsna and His Devotees 291
The Mystery of Lord Krsna's Birth 292
Perfect Question, Perfect Answer 296
The Mercy of the Devotee 299
The Glories of Govardhana Hill 304
Watering the Seed 312
Epilogue 315
On Separation from Srila Prabhupada 316
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 345
Abbreviations 348
General Index 349
The Author 360

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