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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On His Order (Well, Almost) (Classic)

More evidence? This will blow your mis-matched socks off, Prabhus, so stay tuned! Can you imagine asking a bhakta (now days) to take diksa from an Iskcon guru whom he has never seen? Laughable? Preposterous, you say? This is like asking a person to marry a blind date. After all, your guru is for eternity, so isn’t it at least as important as marriage?

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Prabhupada’s ISKCON–How It Was Destroyed

When it became painfully obvious to most of us that these men were in fact not pure then they began their system of watering down the position of acarya. Gurus do sometimes fall down, they said. In other words they sometimes cheat, make mistakes, are illusioned and have imperfect senses. This philosophy did not come into being overnight because NOBODY in 1978 would have accepted it but was gradually introduced…

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Guru lust or Prabhupada’s vani?

It is clear that the ISKCON vapu-vadis (worshipers of the physical body as opposed to transcendental knowledge) do not have the mercy of Lord Caitanya and the holy name. Krishna’s holy name alone is sufficient to deliver all the fallen souls and bestow the highest perfection of life – Krishna prema; but the rubber stamped diksa vapuvadis do not accept this basic fact of Lord Caitanya’s sankirtan movement and insist on their own worship as “diksa-guru”.

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