(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, Radhadesh, Belgium, 29th April 2012) Lecture: Vyasa Puja 2012 Class

I heard a few things about the guru-disciple relationship. On the one hand what Sutapa mentioned that at first he was looking for a formal relationship. Others have sort of said:

‘Well I didn’t get a personal instruction,and obviously feel a lack of personal relationship, and would desire more of a personal relationship.’

All these things are there. A spiritual master first of all is one who is dear to Krishna, as we say in the Pranama Mantra, ‘Krsna presthaya bhutale,’ – he’s dear to Krishna, because he has sacrificed for Krishna and has done service for Krishna. Therefore he has credit with Krishna and he uses that credit for us!

So when he accepts us even if it’s not formally, even if he just says:

‘I accept you!’

Then it really means that he accepts that person. It’s not just a loose, shallow statement. When I say:

‘I accept someone.’

Then it just doesn’t mean that I sort of say:

‘Okay now you can feel good, because I have accepted you.’

No, I really accept that person within my prayer to Krishna and my ongoing prayer is there for the well wishing of that person!

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