Discussion about Srila Govinda Maharaj with Doctor Asthana
[from a recording on 29th April, 1987]
Dr. Asthana: I am a little worried about Srila Govinda Maharaj’s position.
Srila Guru Maharaj: I have given him, I have empowered him, to do all these things on my behalf: ritvik. I have appointed him to do all spiritual activity on my behalf.
Dr. Asthana: But this “ritvik” word is misinterpreted by many people.
Srila Guru Maharaj: They may do so.
Dr. Asthana: Some do not consider him as a direct successor; they consider him only as a ritvik.
Srila Guru Maharaj: More than ritvik.
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