In 2018, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami took us to Moti-kunda in Nandagaon, where Krsna performed his pastime of planting pearls in the ground and watering them with cow milk to sprout vines of pearls. Check out Maharaja’s full lecture below, along with a few photos, at Moti-kunda during Parikrama 2018.

In Moti-kunda, there is mercy. Without mercy, how can we chant? We have to look for mercy so that we can chant. It is the only way. We have to beg for mercy wherever we can! We have this metaphor of growing pearls and using it in relation to initiation. At the time of initiation, we receive pearls from our spiritual master. We should plant these pearls and water them with devotional service. Then these pearls will sprout, produce bushes, and many more pearls will come from them. That is the way it works. It is very important that initiation is taken in that spirit; initiation means that one must make offerings. It does not mean that we just take. It means that we must give! Yes, treasures were received; pearls were received but bring the milk of devotional service. Bring the milk of all your pranair arthair dhiya vaca; your hard labour, your intelligence, your words, your wealth. Bring it all in service because that is how we are watering the pearls of initiation – by devotional service. And then it will become wonderful!

However, if we take the pearls and plant them but do not water them, our initiation vows will become dry. We will be initiated but we will still struggle with our mind, struggle with our senses, because we are not fulfilled. When the heart is not fulfilled by devotional service, then we try to fill the emptiness with temporary enjoyment. It is only when the heart is filled with deep absorption in service and where there is so much service, that there is no room for anything else. As we grow the pearls we received, we will get more pearls, and as we keep making offerings in devotional service, our spiritual wealth will increase to the point where there is no room for material desires. Then we can actually attain fulfilment. So this is the purpose of initiation.

Kadamba Kanana Swami Lecture, Parikrama 2018, Moti-kunda, Nandagaon, India

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