Srimad Bhagavatam 11.18.39 - How to Get Direct Mercy of Lord (download mp3)
by Deen Gauranga Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
tavat paricared bhaktah
yavad brahma vijaniyan
mam eva gurum adrtah
Until a devotee has clearly realized spiritual knowledge, he should continue with great faith and respect and without envy to render personal service to the guru, who is nondifferent from Me.
As stated by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura in his Gurv-astaka prayers, yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah: one receives the mercy of the Supreme Lord through the mercy of the bona fide spiritual master. A devotee who has been blessed by his guru with spiritual knowledge becomes qualified to directly engage in the mission of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Srila Prabhupada always emphasized that service to the spiritual master in separation, pushing on the mission of the guru, is the highest form of devotional service. The word paricaret in this verse indicates waiting upon one’s master by rendering personal service. In other words, one who has not clearly realized the teachings of his spiritual master should remain very close to the guru to avoid falling down into illusion, but one who has acquired realized knowledge by the mercy of his spiritual master may expand the spiritual master’s mission by traveling around the world to preach Krsna consciousness.