Analysis of Srila Prabhupada’s Ritvik Appointment

We should also note that there was never any talk of a prospective disciple choosing a guru, because the only guru was Srila Prabhupada and as far as choosing which ” ‘ritvik’ -representative of the acarya Srila Prabhupada” to write to, Srila Prabhupada makes it clear that the Temple President is to write to the nearest one, with all the initiation recommendations from his temple.

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Too young, too much in love, too busy, too old, too late.

Submitted by Damaghosa dasa 14 July, 2016   Srimad-bhagavatam 2.1.2, Translation and Purport by Srila Prabhupada:   Those persons who are materially engrossed, being blind to the knowledge of ultimate truth, leave many subject matters for hearing in human society, O Emperor. PURPORT In the revealed scriptures there are two nomenclatures for the householder’s life. One is gṛhastha, and the […]

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Tamal’s Bogus Guru System (Classic)

As an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and as a member of the International Society for Krishna consciousness, I herewith call to account your past and present preaching activities. Don’t think that you are beyond accountability, because of your status as a Swami. Every devotee is accountable before his guru, and in the name of our spiritual master, I herewith demand that accountability from you.

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The Science of Accepting a Spiritual Master

Srila Prabhupada: Well, if he is bad, how can he become a guru? [Laughter.] How can iron become gold? Actually, a guru cannot be bad, for if someone is bad, be cannot be a guru. You cannot say “bad guru.” That is a contradiction. What you have to do is simply try to understand what a genuine guru is. The definition of a genuine guru is that he is simply talking about God–that’s all. If he’s talking about some other nonsense, then he is not a guru. A guru cannot be bad.

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Srila Prabhupada murti JUMPING OVER‏

Next you ask if I am present in my picture and form? Yes. In form as well as in teachings. To carry out the teachings of guru is more important than to worship the form, but none of them should be neglected. Form is called vapu and teachings is called vāṇī. Both should be worshiped. Vāṇī is more important than vapu.

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