By Vidura Mahatma das
Often enough we hear the question “How do you know Srila Prabhupada has accepted you as a disciple?” when we preach that Srila Prabhupada is the current, living initiating (diksa) guru for the Hare Krishna movement. The question stems from a misunderstanding of the role and nature of the spiritual master. The spiritual master’s purpose is to guide society to surrender to Lord Krishna through devotional service; his instructions are centered around that purpose. The bona fide spiritual master gives appropriate instructions which the entire world can take advantage of.