Prabhupāda Says: In the process of devotional service, the first step is to take shelter of the spiritual master and then inquire from the spiritual master all about the process. This inquiry is essential for immunity to all kinds of offenses on the path of devotional service. Even if one is fixed in devotional service like Mahārāja Parīkṣit, he must still inquire from the realized spiritual master all about this. In other words, the spiritual master must also be well versed and learned so that he may be able to answer all these inquiries from the devotees.
Thus one who is not well versed in the authorized scriptures and not able to answer all such relevant inquiries should not pose as a spiritual master for the matter of material gain. It is illegal to become a spiritual master if one is unable to deliver his disciple.
How many of us believe that a devotee who is rubberstamped by the ISKCON institution as a guru / spiritual master can in actual fact correctly answer any question posed by Mahārāja Parīkṣit??
What to speak of – can any of us sit in the presence of such an advanced soul as Mahārāja Parīkṣit what to speak of the other exalted souls in attendance and answer his questions? So then how can any one of us, aspiring Vaisnava devotees of the Lord claim to be able to offer diksa initiation or divya jnanam to another conditioned soul?
We simply have to give up this false belief that being a Vaisnava devotee of the Lord is a cheap thing…
“My dear mind, you are trying to imitate Haridāsa Ṭhākura and chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra in a secluded place, but you are not worth being called a Vaiṣṇava because what you want is cheap popularity and not the actual qualifications of Haridāsa Ṭhākura. If you try to imitate him you will fall down, for your neophyte position will cause you to think of women and money. Thus you will fall into the clutches of māyā, and your so-called chanting in a secluded place will bring about your downfall.”
The maha bhagavat devotee of the Lord is an empowered incarnation intentionally sent by Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa to deliver the fallen conditioned souls of the Kali – yuga and that is why Śrīla Prabhupāda was empowered to be able to write his commentaries on Bhagavad Gītā, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam and Caitanya Caritamrta and go further to be able to do so in only ten years when he was in his seventies. On top of this he established a fully functioning society with everything that one could possible need in order to transform the world.
Who amongst us can achieve such sublime accomplishments in ten years? I say none, for no one was meant to, it was His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda’s glorious blessing given by the Lord Himself to His most dear devotee.
We can only wonder at this marvelous happening and lay on the ground in prostrate supplication and submission to such an exalted soul who in modern times walked this earth.
Please let us be blessed to always be in the association of devotees who will help us be humble and submissive to such a personality, who can sit in the company of and answer the questions by exalted souls such as Mahārāja Parīkṣit. Please bless us to take the instruction of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda to heart and serve him with all our heart mind and intelligence.