Under No Circumstances Should The Guru Be Disrespected by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Lord Brahma recognized Brhaspatithe spiritual master of the demigods as possessing brahminical qualifications because of his awareness of the SupremeBrahman. Brhaspati was certainly in control of his senses and mind, and therefore he was a most qualified brāhmaṇa. LordBrahma chastised the demigods for not properly respecting this brāhmaṇa, who was also their guru. He wanted to impress upon them that one’s guru should not be disrespected under any circumstances.When Brhaspati entered the assembly of the demigods, they and their king, Indra,took him for granted. Since he came everyday, they thought, they did not need to show him special respect. As it is said,familiarity breeds contempt. Feeling very displeased, Brhaspati immediately leftIndra’s palace. Thus all the demigods,headed by Indra, became offenders at his lotus feet, and Lord Brahma, being aware of this, condemned their neglect. In an instructive song of, Narottama dasa Thakura it is said, cakṣu-dāna dila yei, janme janme prabhu sei: the guru gives spiritual insight to the disciple, and therefore he should be considered one’s master, life after life. Thus, under no circumstances should the guru be disrespected. However, the demigods, being emboldened by their plentiful material possessions, were disrespectful to their guru. In this regard ŚrīmadBhāgavatam (11.17.27) advises, ācāryaṁ māṁ vijānīyān nāvamanyeta karhicit/ na
martya-buddhyāsūyeta: the ācārya should always be offered respectful obeisances; one should never feel envy towards the ācārya, considering him an ordinary human being.
— Srimad-Bhāgavatam » Canto 6 » Chapter 7: Indra Offends His Spiritual Master, Brhaspati. »Verses 21, purport