Babhru – Part 1

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 117 | August 20, 2012 |

English; Berkeley, California, USA

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Tough one. Uuhh. Tough one in as much as devotees are encouraging you to go on, because how many devotees are in Germany who are taking position of spiritual leadership which you are doing. Preaching, that’s spiritual leadership, but you have a weakness which is very difficult to overcome, and don’t like to cheat others. 

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