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The Guru Reveals Everything to His Disciple. (08/26/01)

Dear T__,
Hare Kṛṣṇa.

You stated: “First we must have the āśraya (shelter) of a bona fide guru, then we are qualified to enter into the mysteries of spiritual understanding.” But how does someone become qualified? It’s not by the act of initiation alone, I assume. I understand the point that the guru delivers the secrets of spiritual life to his disciples. But what happens when the guru disappears from this world and the disciple has not enough spiritual understanding? The disciple can go to other śikṣā-gurus, but at some point he should be able to understand the issues himself. Has someone at that point a better connection with Paramātmā, who then reveals the rest to the disciple?

I assume because you are T__, that you have not yet found, accepted, or as of yet surrendered to a bona fide guru. That in essence is the answer to all your questions. First, we must have the āśraya (shelter) of a bona fide guru, then we are qualified to enter into the mysteries of spiritual understanding.

There is no ‘form’ answer to your question. But one who has a bona fide connection to a bona fide spiritual master will always understand the difference between relative and absolute considerations/statements of the guru. The guru reveals everything to his disciple in due course, as the disciple surrenders and renders transcendental loving service. This is the open secret in spiritual life.

I hope this meets you well.

Praṇāms,
Swami B.G. Narasiṅgha

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