IS GURU NECESSARY?
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada
Question: Can one worship Krishna with-out being under the guidance of Gurudeva?
Srila Prabhupada: Never. Our only aimin life is to cultivate Krishna consciousness.This can only be done under the guidance or instruction of a devotee of Krishna. Sri Varshabhanavi-devi, Srimati Radharani, ismost favored by Krishna. Worshiping her ismost favorable for worshiping Krishna. No one is more favorable than Sri Radha. Those who are very dear to Srimati Radharani are all our spiritual masters. We, the Gaudiya Vaishnavas, are the worshipers of Krishna,who belongs to Radharani. The Gaudiya Vaishnavas are more on the side of Radharani than on the side of Krishna. Sri Gurudeva is non-different from Srimati Radharani.
Only by obtaining the favor of the most fa-vored is it possible to cultivate Krishna-con-sciousness. When one is not under the guidance of the most favored, one will not find anything favorable for the cultivation of Krishna consciousness or for the pursuit ofKrishna’s happiness. Instead, one will find that one’s heart is dominated by the demoniac desire for one’s own happiness. One has to give up such tendencies, which are unfavorable for devotion, and one has to give up all pride and arrogance. A devotee can find all opportunity to serve Krishna only when he wants to serve Krishna under the guidance of Gurudeva. But unfortunately, we have forgotten to make any effort to make Krishna happy. Instead, we have become busy in pursuit of our own happiness.
Alas! Instead of making Krishna the head of our household, we are acting in the role of the householder and we have become attached to our family life. But if we want what is good for us, then we have to become careful while we are alive in this human body.Otherwise we will be deceived; we will miss our excellent opportunity. _
— Excerpted from Prabhupada Saraswati Thakur. MandalaPublishing Group. Eugene, Oregon. 1997.
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