SB 10-80-30-33 - Glories of Hanumanji (download mp3)
by Radheshlal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
kecit kurvanti karmani
tyajantah prakrtir daivir
Having renounced all material propensities, which spring from the Lord’s illusory energy, some people execute worldly duties with their minds undisturbed by mundane desires. They act as I do, to instruct the general populace.
kaccid gurukule vasam
brahman smarasi nau yatah
dvijo vijñaya vijñeyam
tamasah param asnute
My dear brahmana, do you remember how we lived together in our spiritual master’s school? When a twice-born student has learned from his guru all that is to be learned, he can enjoy spiritual life, which lies beyond all ignorance.
sa vai sat-karmanam saksad
dvijater iha sambhavah
adyo ’nga yatrasraminam
yathaham jñana-do guruh
My dear friend, he who gives a person his physical birth is his first spiritual master, and he who initiates him as a twice-born brahmana and engages him in religious duties is indeed more directly his spiritual master. But the person who bestows transcendental knowledge upon the members of all the spiritual orders of society is one’s ultimate spiritual master. Indeed, he is as good as My own self.
nanv artha-kovida brahman
ye maya guruna vaca
taranty añjo bhavarnavam
Certainly, O brahmana, of all the followers of the varnasrama system, those who take advantage of the words I speak in My form as the spiritual master and thus easily cross over the ocean of material existence best understand their own true welfare.
One’s father is a natural object of reverence, as is a religious leader who initiates one into sacred ceremonies and instructs one in general wisdom. But ultimately the bona fide spiritual master, learned in the transcendental science and thus able to take one across the ocean of birth and death to the spiritual world — such a guru is most deserving of worship and respect, for he is the direct representative of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as stated here.