Srimad Bhagavatam 11.17.29-30 - How to adapt mood of Guru Maharaj (download mp3)
by Vishwarup Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
While engaged in serving the spiritual master one should remain as a humble servant, and thus when the guru is walking the servant should humbly walk behind. When the guru lies down to sleep, the servant should also lie down nearby, and when the guru has awakened, the servant should sit near him, massaging his lotus feet and rendering other, similar services. When the guru is sitting down on his asana, the servant should stand nearby with folded hands, awaiting the guru’s order. In this way one should always worship the spiritual master.
vidya samapyate yavad
bibhrad vratam akhanditam
Until the student has completed his Vedic education he should remain engaged in the asrama of the spiritual master, should remain completely free of material sense gratification and should not break his vow of celibacy [brahmacarya].
This verse describes the upakurvana-brahmacari, who enters grhastha-asrama, or family life, after completing his Vedic education. The word evam-vrttah indicates that although one may eventually marry and become prominent in society as an intellectual, politician or businessman, during student life one must remain without false prestige as a humble servant of the bona fide spiritual master. The naisthiki-brahmacari, who never marries, is described in the following verse.