P) Srila Prabhupada Is Worshiped on the Same Level as Lord Krishna.
Because Srila Prabhupada is the most confidential and empowered servitor of Lord Caitanya, all learned devotees or Gaudiya Vaisnavas in this age worship Srila Prabhupada on the same level as Lord Krishna Himself. All Hare Krishna temples conduct daily worship of Srila Prabhupada, both at mangala-arati while worshipping the Deity and again separately during the dailyguru-puja program, as per the principles of sadhana ordained by guru-sastra-sadhu and authorized by Srila Prabhupada personally.
uktas tatha bhavyata eva sadbhih:
“The spiritual master is to be honored as much as the Supreme Lord, because he is the most confidential servant of the Lord This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and followed by all authorities.” (Sri Sri Gurv-astaka, Verse 7).
“Just like Krishna can be present simultaneously in millions of places, similarly the spiritual master also can be present wherever the disciple wants. A spiritual master is the principle, not the body. Just like a television can be seen in thousands of places by the principle of relay monitoring.” (Letter, May 28, 1968)
“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… When one has attained the topmost position of maha-bhagavata, he is to be accepted as guru and worshiped exactly like Hari, the Personality of Godhead. Only such a person is eligible to occupy the post of a guru.” (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya 24.330, Purport, citing Padma Purana)
“It is recommended that one honor the spiritual master as being on an equal status with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Saksad-dharitvena samasta-sastrair. This is enjoined in every scripture. Acaryani mam vijaniyat. One should consider the acarya to be as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In spite of all these instructions, if one considers the spiritual master an ordinary human being, one is doomed. His study of the Vedas and his austerities and penances for enlightenment are all useless, like the bathing of an elephant. An elephant bathes in a lake quite thoroughly, but as soon as it comes on the shore it takes some dust from the ground and strews it over its body. Thus there is no meaning to the elephant’s bath.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.15.26, Purport)
Q) Srila Prabhupada Blesses the Global Krishna Consciousness Movement.
Srila Prabhupada and our predecessor acaryas—particularly Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura—have encouraged and blessed the Krishnaconsciousness movement, the worldwide sanga of Lord Caitanya’s devotees. This sanga cooperatively preaches Lord Caitanya’s mission in all corners of the globe, following the directions of the Six Gosvamis and serving the mission and teachings of the self-effulgent acarya, our Founder-Acarya, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is sad-guru and jagat-guru,the eternal guru for all his followers and the guru for all the world.
mahat-sevam dvaram ahur vimuktes: “One can attain the path of liberation from material bondage only by rendering service to highly advanced spiritual personalities.” (Srimad-Bltagavatam5.5.2)
naisam tnatis tavad urukramanghrim / sprsaty anarthapagamo yad-arthah
mahiyasam pada-rajo-‘bhisekam / niskincananam na vrnita yavat:
“Unless they smear on their bodies the dust of the lotus feet of a Vaisnava completely freed from material contamination, persons very much inclined toward materialistic life cannot be attached to the lotus feet of the Lord, who is glorified for His uncommon activities. Only by becoming Krishna conscious and taking shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord in this way can one be freed from material contamination.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.32)
“No one should think that this Krishna consciousness movement is a new movement. As confirmed by Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam, it is a very, very old movement, for it has been passing down from one Manu to another… Krishna consciousness, based on the nine principles of devotional service (sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam, arcanam vandanam dasyam sakhyam atma-nivedanam), will never be stopped. It will go on without distinction of caste, creed, color, or country. No one can check it.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.28.31)
“A person who cannot keep his faith in the words of his spiritual master but acts independently never receives the authority to chant the holy name of the Lord. It is said in the Vedas: yasya deve para bhaktir, yatha-deve tatha gurau, tasyaite kathita hy arthah, prakasante mahatmanah: ‘Only unto those great souls who have implicit faith in both the Lord and the spiritual master are all the imports of Vedic knowledge automatically revealed.’ This Vedic injunction is very important, and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu supported it by His personal behavior. Believing in the words of His spiritual master, He introduced the sankirtana movement, just as the present Krishna consciousness movement was started with belief in the words of our spiritual master. He wanted to preach; we believed in his words and tried somehow or other to fulfill them, and now this movement has become successful all over the world. Therefore faith in the words of the spiritual master and in the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the secret of success. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu never disobeyed the orders of His spiritual master and stopped propagating thesankirtana movement. Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, at the time of his passing away, ordered all his disciples to work conjointly to preach the mission of Caitanya Mahaprabhu all over the world. Later, however, some self-interested, foolish disciples disobeyed his orders. Each one of them wanted to become head of the mission, and they fought in the courts, neglecting the order of the spiritual master, and the entire mission was defeated. We are not proud of this; however, the truth must be explained. We believed in the words of our spiritual master and started in a humble way- in a helpless way — but due to the spiritual force of the order of the supreme authority, this movement has become successful.” (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi 7.95-96, Purport)