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Who is a Guru and who is an Acharya?

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  1. Truth Seeker
    Key Master

    yare dekha, tare kaha 'krishna'-upadesa
    amara ajnaya guru hana tara' ei desa

    "Instruct everyone to follow the orders of Lord Sri Krishna as they are given in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. In this way become a spiritual master and try to liberate everyone in this land."

    Lord Chaitanya in Chaitanya Charitamrta Madhya 7.128

    Everyone should become a spiritual master means everyone should qualify themselves and prepare to be an example for everyone to follow that way Sri Chaitanya's mercy can be delivered to one and all. But that is not possible unless one accepts a guru in a bonafide sampradaya and follows him as he instructs. If we concoct we lose the purity. In this age Srila Prabhupada is the authoritative representative of Lord Chaitanya and he will remain so for the next 10,000 years. No one can become a guru unless they follow teaching of Srila Prabhupada. That is why he is called the Founder Acharya of the movement. A guru will not change the teaching of the acharya and just present himself as a transparent medium. If he changes he ceases to be a guru. So an Acharya is a guru but guru is not necessarily an acharya.

    And Srila Prabhupada is the universal siksha guru for everyone in ISKCON so we have this relationship with Srila Prabhupada always much like how Ramanujacharya is for Sri Sampradaya devotees and Madhvacharya is for Madhva Sampradya devotees. Acharya means one who lays down the path according the time and circumstance. That is why in our siksha system we have "Srila Prabhupada Ashraya" as the step before Guru Ashraya. In this stage one first takes shelter of Srila Prabhupada and practices Krishna consciousness before approaching a guru in ISKCON. They should hear and read from Srila Prabhupada first to get a proper understanding of Krishna consciousness. How many of you have heard Srila Prabhupada's lectures (Devotees raise hands).

    We should understand and propagate the mood of the Acharya that is the way to understand the mood of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Thankyou very much. Srila Prabhupad ki Jay.

    - From a Vyasa Puja lecture of HH Jayapataka Swami , Sridham Mayapur

    Posted 5 years ago #
  2. Anonymous

    By HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
    Every one of us should become a spiritual master because the world is in blazing fire. Now, of course, time is very high. So to understand the spiritual master… Spiritual master is not a new invention. It is simply following the orders of the spiritual master. So all my students present here who are feeling so much obliged… I am also obliged to them because they are helping me in this missionary work. At the same time, I shall request them all to become spiritual master. Every one of you should be spiritual master next. And what is their duty? Whatever you are hearing from me, whatever you are learning from me, you have to distribute the same in toto without any addition or alteration. Then all of you become the spiritual master. That is the science of becoming spiritual master. Spiritual master is not any… To become a spiritual master is not very wonderful thing. Simply one has to become sincere soul. That’s all. >>> Ref. VedaBase => Sri Vyasa-puja — Hamburg, September 5, 1969

    Posted 5 years ago #

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