The exalted position and character of the spiritual master

The exalted position and character of the spiritual master

Twenty instructions by Srila Prabhupada

One should take initiation from a bona fide spiritual master coming in the disciplic succession, who is authorized by his predecessor spiritual master. This is called diksa-vidhana.  (SB 4.8.54 Purport)

The guru must be situated on the topmost platform of devotional service. There are three classes of devotees, and the guru must be accepted from the topmost class. (Cc Madhya-lila 24.330 Purport)

One should not become a spiritual master unless he has attained the platform of uttama-adhikārī. A neophyte Vaiṣṇava or a Vaiṣṇava situated on the intermediate platform can also accept disciples, but such disciples must be on the same platform, and it should be understood that they cannot advance very well toward the ultimate goal of life under his insufficient guidance. Therefore a disciple should be careful to accept an uttama-adhikārī as a spiritual master. (Nectar of Instruction 5)

A bona fide spiritual master is in the disciplic succession from time eternal, and he does not deviate at all from the instructions of the Supreme Lord…  (Bg 4.42 Purport)

There is no possibility that a first-class devotee will fall down, even though he may mix with nondevotees to preach.   (Cc Madhya-lila 22.71 Purport)

If one always follows the orders of the spiritual master, there is no question of falling down. As soon as a foolish disciple tries to overtake his spiritual master and becomes ambitious to occupy his post, he immediately falls down. (SB 5.12.14 Purport)

…sometimes, if a spiritual master is not properly authorized, and only on his own initiative becomes a spiritual master, he may be carried away by an accumulation of wealth and large numbers of disciples. His is not a very high grade of devotional service. (Nectar of Devotion 14)

A person who has full control over the senses and mind is called a gosvami or gosañi. One who does not have such control is called godasa, or a servant of the senses, and cannot become a spiritual master. A spiritual master who actually has control over the mind and senses is called gosvami. (Cc Adi-lila 7.13 Purport)

The so-called spiritual master without sense control is certainly the cheater, and the disciple of such a so-called spiritual master is the cheated.  (SB 2.9.43 Purport)

Presently people are so fallen that they cannot distinguish between a liberated soul and a conditioned soul.  (SB 4.18.5)

A pure devotee is never attracted by sense gratification, and consequently he is liberated. (SB 4.22.52)

One cannot become happy by accepting a false guru.  (SB 5.14.13 Purport)

Without being blessed by a pure devotee, no one can be fully satisfied, nor can anyone understand the transcendental position of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.  (SB 4.24.57)

A good man or woman accepts anything very easily, but a man of average intelligence does not do so. But, anyway, we should not give up our reason and discriminatory power just to be gentle. One must have good discriminatory power to judge a thing on its merit.  (SB 1.7.42 Purport)

According to revealed scriptures, a teacher or spiritual master is liable to be rejected if he proves himself unworthy of the position of a guru or spiritual master.  (SB 1.7.43 Purport)

If a man who does not factually possess the attributes of a great personality engages his followers in praising him with the expectation that such attributes will develop in the future, that sort of praise is actually an insult.  (SB 4.15.23 Purport)

Īśopaniṣad confirms that these pseudo religionists are heading toward the most obnoxious place in the universe after the completion of their spiritual master business, which they conduct simply for sense gratification.  (Sri Isopanisad 12 Purport)

…of all sinful activities, actions directed against a pure devotee out of sheer envy are considered extremely severe.  (Cc Adi-lila 17.51 Purport)

A mundane person in the dress of a Vaisnava should not be respected but rejected. […] There are many jealous people in the dress of Vaisnavas in this Krsna consciousness movement, and they should be completely neglected.  (Cc Madhya-lila 1.218 Purport)

If one thinks that there are many pseudo devotees or nondevotees in the Kṛṣṇa Consciousness Society, one can keep direct company with the spiritual master, and if there is any doubt, one should consult the spiritual master.  (Cc Madhya-lila 19.157 Purport)

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