(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 September 2017, Mauritius, Arrival Lecture)
We tend to put the spiritual master on a scale to see how much weight he has. In our minds, we all do this. We weigh people. This one is light-weight Guru, heavy-weight Guru or medium-weight Guru. Srila Prabhupada is the Guru of all, I am part of the Guru Parampara and this system has been established by Krsna Himself. It is not just a relationship between the Guru and the disciple where the Guru has to do all the work.
At the time of initiation, the disciple hands over his life to the spiritual master and then the spiritual master gives the disciple his life back and says, “Now this life is given to you by me and you have to make good use of it because it is mine.” In all the scriptures, it is said that the Guru is the representative of Krsna. It is through the Guru that Krsna delivers the disciple. Of course, the Guru can attract the mercy of Krsna but ultimately, it is Krsna who bestows mercy.
Srila Prabhupada prayed to Krsna for the whole planet and then he simply asked us to chant sixteen rounds and follow four regulative principles. Srila Prabhupada did so much for us. He made a channel through which we can go to the spiritual world. This ‘sixteen rounds offer’ was a very meagre one for Krsna but because Srila Prabhupada prayed, Krsna accepted.