On the Outside, Looking In (01/16/11)
Another brief point I have pointed at before.
Until you become a disciple of a bona-fide guru, you are on the outside looking in. That applies to everything – kīrtana, sādhana, japa, discussing siddhānta, etc, even taking prasādam. The potency and grace to clearly understand all these things never comes, or is unavailable when we are on the outside. Accepting guru is the first step – guru-padāśraya. Then the journey begins.