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Watering the Seed

by Giriraja Swami

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. Those illustrious souls who stepped forward to sacrifice their lives to help Srila Prabhupada became the most dear recipients of his priceless blessings.

Giriraj Swami is one such shinning jewel in the necklace of Prabhupada’s beloved followers. In this revised and expanded edition of his book Watering the Seed Giriraj Swami shares his realizations with honesty, wisdom, and humility. He recounts how Lord Krishna’s beloved gardener, Srila Prabhupada, took such great care to water the seed of devotion within his heart.

You will be transported into Prabhupada’s association during some of the most historic moments of ISKCON’s development. You will be given entrance into his private quarters to witness his gentle fatherly love toward his young and sometimes perplexed spiritual child. Prabhupada’s innocent childlike humor will bring joy to your heart.

Prabhupada’s compassion for the conditioned souls overcomes all opposition with unrelenting determination and faith. You will hear Prabhupada’s spontaneous philosophical perspectives both in times of crisis and in everyday life.

“Prabhupada told me that if I simply study the character of Lord Caitanya in Caitanya-caritamrta – even apart from His being the Supreme Personality of Godhead – just by studying Him as a Vaisnava, I will become perfect. So in the same way, if people study Prabhupada, apart from what his inner identity might be – which even we don’t know – if they study him just as a Vaisnava or as a great acarya or as a great personality, they will benefit.”

—Giriraj Swami






11 color photos, with dust-jacket, glossary