What Determination Is Required To Serve The Spiritual Master’s Lotus Feet? by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
A real disciple accepts his spiritual master as the servitor God, most dear to Him. He never considers his spiritual master as inferior to the Lord in any way. A sincere disciple serves and worships his spiritual master as if he were God.
Those who do not follow this principle fall from their position as disciples. Until we see the spiritual master as a manifestation of and nondifferent from the Supreme Lord, we will not be able to chant the Lord’s name purely. A genuine disciple must possess firm determination and faith in his spiritual master, thinking, “I will serve my spiritual master and Lord Gaurāṅga with utmost simplicity. I will follow my spiritual master’s instructions, which have come down from the Supreme Lord. I will never disobey my spiritual master’s orders under the influence of anyone in this world. If following my spiritual master means I must become proud or an animal or go to hell forever, still I will never hesitate. I will not follow anyone other than my spiritual master.
I will destroy the flowing current of mundane thought by the strength of his instructions. If my spiritual master showers even a particle of pollen from his lotus feet upon the world, then millions of people will be delivered. There is no knowledge or proper code of conduct in the fourteen worlds that outweighs a particle of dust from the lotus feet of my spiritual master.”
— Amṛta Vāṇī: Nectar of Instructions of Immortality by Srila Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Compiled by Sripāda Bhakti MayukhaBhāgavatMahāraja. Adapted and Published by Īśvaradāsa Translated from Bengali by Bhumipatidāsa.