My spiritual master is the light that has illuminated a path in a dark world. Without his words so full of knowledge where would I be now? I would have fallen into a ravine without even knowing it, a victim of lust, greed, and anger.
My spiritual master is the selfless angel who gave free of charge everything to others, without caring about his own comfort or pleasure.
My spiritual master was sent by Nitai Gauranga to make Srinama known all over the world. Nobody had had such power before. In the western world, nobody knew the holy names of Radha Krishna. Now everybody knows.
My spiritual master did not care about disqualifications. He didn’t say to anyone “you are not qualified, I’ll not give you initiation and instructions”. He accepted everybody and anybody. He gave us a chance we had been waiting on for ages, and our fortune is incalculable.
pātrāpātra-vicāra nāhi, nāhi sthānāsthāna
yei yāṅhā pāya, tāṅhā kare prema-dāna
“In distributing love of Godhead, Caitanya Mahāprabhu and His associates did not consider who was a fit candidate and who was not, nor where such distribution should or should not take place. They made no conditions. Wherever they got the opportunity, the members of the Pañca-tattva distributed love of Godhead.”
(Caitanya Caritamrita, Adilila 7.23)
My spiritual master dealt with everyone, disciples, and non-disciples, with love. He gave everything and did not expect anything in return.
My spiritual master gave me another life. A wonderful life. The best life I could have desired. Had he not arrived, what would I have done, said, felt, thought? There would have been no Krishna. No Radharani. No Vrindavana. No Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Veda, Vedanta. Nothing. I tremble at the thought.
Being unable to express in words what I feel in my heart, I only prostrate again and again at the lotus feet of my spiritual master, Sri Abhay Caran Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, my Prabhupada, the representative of the Lord.
– A grateful disciple.
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