A Bona Fide Spiritual Master

A Bona Fide Spiritual Master

 SB 11.3.23 — [A sincere disciple should learn to dissociate the mind from everything material and positively cultivate association with his spiritual master and other saintly devotees. He should be merciful to those in an inferior position to him, cultivate friendship with those on an equal level and meekly serve those in a higher spiritual position. Thus he should learn to deal properly with all living beings. ]http://www.vedabase.com/en/sb/11/3

Vaisnava Acaryas
Needed Worldwide
kiba vipra, kiba nyasi, sudra kene naya
yei krsna-tattva-vetta, sei ‘guru’ haya

“It does not matter whether a person is a vipra [learned scholar in Vedic wisdom] or is born in a lower family, or is in the renounced order of life-if he is master in the science of Krsna, he is the perfect and bona fide spiritual master.” (Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya 8.128)

Found in the purports of
His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada
Bhagavad Gita As It Is 2.8

[If one understands the truth of Krsna consciousness and seriously desires to attain transcendental knowledge for the perfection of life, he can accept a spiritual master from any social status, provided the spiritual master is fully conversant with the science of Krsna. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura also states that although one is situated as a brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, sudra, brahmacari, vanaprastha, grhastha or sannyasi, if he is conversant in the science of Krsna he can become a spiritual master as vartma-pradarsaka-guru, diksa-guru or siksa-guru. The spiritual master who first gives information about spiritual life is called the vartma-pradarsaka-guru, the spiritual master who initiates according to the regulations of the sastras is called the diksa-guru, and the spiritual master who gives instructions for elevation is called the siksa-guru. Factually the qualifications of a spiritual master depend on his knowledge of the science of Krsna. It does not matter whether he is a brahmana, ksatriya, sannyasi or sudra.]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Madhya 8.128


1st class

2nd class


CC Madhya 22.66 — “ ‘One who is expert in logic and in understanding the revealed scriptures, and who always has firm conviction and deep faith that is not blind, is to be considered a topmost devotee in devotional service.’

CC Madhya 22.67 — “One who is not very expert in argument and logic based on the revealed scriptures but who has firm faith is considered a second-class devotee. He also must be considered most fortunate.


[In this Krsna consciousness movement a chance is given to everyone without discrimination of caste, creed or color. Everyone is invited to join this movement, sit with us, take prasada and hear about Krsna. When we see that someone is actually interested in Krsna consciousness and wants to be initiated, we accept him as a disciple for the chanting of the holy name of the Lord. When a neophyte devotee is actually initiated and engaged in devotional service by the orders of the spiritual master, he should be accepted immediately as a bona fide Vaisnava, and obeisances should be offered unto him. Out of many such Vaisnavas, one may be found to be very seriously engaged in the service of the Lord and strictly following all the regulative principles, chanting the prescribed number of rounds on japa beads and always thinking of how to expand the Krsna consciousness movement. Such a Vaisnava should be accepted as an uttama-adhikari, a highly advanced devotee, and his association should always be sought.]

>>> Ref. VedaBase => NoI: verse 5


Hear narration of “Sri Upadesamrta” or “Nectar of Instruction” which is a translation and commentary by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada:



Gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasa

[Reconnecting with Krsna is called bhakti-yoga, and Krsna comes to instruct us in this supreme yoga. In essence, He says, “Just revive your connection with Me, you rascal. Give up all these manufactured yogas and religions and just surrender unto Me.” That is Krsna’s instruction, and Krsna’s representative, the incarnation or the guru, says the same thing. Although Kapiladeva is an incarnation of Krsna, He acts as the representative of Krsna, the guru. If we just accept the principle of surrender unto Krsna, we will become actually transcendental to so-called material happiness. We should not be captivated by material happiness or aggrieved by material distress.]
>>> Ref. VedaBase => TLK Vs 13

[These are the instructions we get from Bhagavad-gita, and whoever reads Bhagavad-gita has to accept Krsna as the guru. We have to render service to a guru and surrender ourselves. It is not that one should accept just any person as a guru. The guru must be the representative of Krsna; then one can surrender oneself. Surrender means that one will accept whatever the guru says. It is not that one thinks, “I do not care for my guru’s order. Still I am a disciple.” That is not actually accepting a guru. Of course, it has become a fashion to accept a guru in this way, but this will not help anyone.]
>>> Ref. VedaBase => TLK Vs 28

[“The spiritual master is to be honored as much as the Supreme Lord because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and followed by all authorities. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is a bona fide representative of Sri Hari [Krsna].” (Gurv-astaka 7) This is the verdict of all sastras. The guru never says, “I am Krsna, I am God, I am Bhagavan.” Rather, the guru says, “I am the most humble servant of the servant of the servant of God.” He does not even say that he is the direct servant. Rather, he is the servant one hundred times removed. Gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasa. We should not try to become direct servants, for that is not possible. First of all we must become the servant of the servant [Cc. Madhya 13.80]. The guru is the servant of Krsna, and if we become his servant, we become an actual bona fide servant. That is our real position.]
>>> Ref. VedaBase => TLK Vs 41


[Having a bona fide spiritual master is mentioned many times in Srila Prabhupada’s writings.  However, where is a bona fide spiritual master?  It is especially difficult to find a Uttama Adhikari.  Some have said that there is no Uttama Adhikari and so they will only accept Srila Prabhupada as Diksa Guru although he is no longer physically with us except for his instructions and murtis.  The Sastra does say we can have many instructing spiritual masters “Siksa Gurus”.  If possible our Siksa Guru should work in cooperation with our Diksa Guru.  We also have authorized Vaisnava Sastra that we should worship and meditate on daily.]

Now developing a full program of
​faith, hope, ​love, friendship, and family​ for God
here at New Talavana
Hare Krsna Farms…
Go to Krishna Culture for all your Transcendental needs…

1 thought on “A Bona Fide Spiritual Master

  1. Pingback: New Talavana Message Addition 2 | Hare Krsna Farms

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s