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Chapter 1: True Speech After 12 years of Following

Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvāca 1
True Speech After 12 years of Following

October 1972, ISKCON, Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple
Vrindaban, India
(An excerpt from a letter)

It was about 5:30 in the morning and Śrīla Prabhupāda called me into his sitting room wanting to know why Syamasundara and Pradyumna were still sleeping.

"I don't know," I replied.

Śrīla Prabhupāda told me to bring them to his room. When we returned, he told us we must conquer over sleep.

"Rising early and taking a cold shower is not austerity, but just common sense and good hygiene," Śrīla Prabhupāda said. Then, revealing a wonderful truth, His Divine Grace told us, "By chanting 16 rounds, following the regulative principles, rising early, reducing one's eating and sleeping, one gets spiritual energy. If one follows these guidelines for 12 years, all he speaks will be perfect!"

All Glories to Śrīla Prabhupāda!