(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 03 March 2013, Vrindavan, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.27.10)
There are letters where Srila Prabhupada writes, “Krsna has sent me many spiritual masters in the form of my disciples.” Is this artificial? No, Srila Prabhupada was never artificial! Srila Prabhupada never said things just to impress people – this was his wonderful quality. He did not try to impress anybody; he was completely genuine therefore this statement must be genuine.
So, how can he genuinely say, “Krsna sent me many spiritual masters.” Well think about it, every devotee is a unique individual and has some unique strength, some unique quality of surrender – they are really surrendering in a way that we would hesitate to. When we see others surrendering in areas and ways that we do not then we should consider them to be our spiritual masters and learn from them.