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Who is Real Guru? Only a Paramhamsa, one of the topmost order.

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Who is Real Guru? Only a Paramhamsa, one of the topmost order.

Compiled by Dama Ghosha Dasa (Seattle, USA)

Qualifications to become Guru - One Must be a Paramahamsa, and no less.

What that means is given below.


Lectures, 9 April, 1971, Bombay

So anyway, our point is that paramahamsa means one who has no such dirty things in the heart, bhukti-mukti-siddhi. All, they are dirty things. Bhukti means material enjoyment, mukti means to become, to merge into the existence of the Supreme Lord, and siddhi means yoga-siddhi. So they are all dirty things. So such dirty..., a person with such dirty things, he is not paramahamsa. He may be a sannyasi, but he's not a paramahamsa. Paramahamsa means who has no dirty things.


anukulyena krsnanu-
silanam bhaktir uttama


So all the bhaktas, those who are pure devotees, he is paramahamsa.

So Krsna comes to teach this highest science of devotion to make people paramahamsas. Not these dirty karmis, jnanis, and yogis. Krsna's business is... Therefore Krsna, first condition, says, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam: "Just you surrender unto Me and I shall make you a paramahamsa." Then you will be able to see always Krsna.


Lectures, 1 November, 1976, Vrindavana

This is religion. Adau gurvasrayam. If you do not get a qualified guru, then everything is bogus. If you, by good fortune, if you get the association of a guru, qualified hamsa, paramahamsa…  Paramahamsa guru means sannyasi’s last stage is paramahamsa. Kuticaka, bahudaka, parivrajakacarya, and paramahamsa, these are the different stages. When one takes sannyasa, he lives outside the village in a kuti, in a cottage, and the family members goes and delivers him the food, because he is not practiced. So in the beginning, he keeps up this association of neighborhood or family, but he is not practiced. He therefore lives outside the village, and if somebody gives some food, he eats. Then when he becomes experienced, then he does not accept food from one, either his own home or one home. He takes foodstuff from many homes: “Give me a little piece of capati.” So somebody gives half, because they are also not overburdened. If they have to deliver, so many sannyasis come, and sumptuous food, then how the grhastha will provide? Therefore though… They do not overburden. There may be other sannyasis, therefore little only. Madhupuri. The  Gosvamis practiced this madhupuri in Vrndavana. They lived, but they would take little only from the house. This is called bahudaka. Then when he has practiced more, he travels all over the world, parivrajakacarya.  And when he is fully experienced, then, in spiritual life and everything, then he is paramahamsa. So one must find out a guru  who is paramahamsa. Neither kuticaka, nor bahudaka, nor  parivrajakacarya. Paramahamsa. ….


Then our strong desire to enjoy this material world in different way, that will be slackened. That is wanted. Thank you very much.


Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya 24.330

In the Padma Purana, the characteristics of the guru, the bona fide spiritual master, have been described:


brahmano vai gurur nrnam
sarvesam eva lokanam
asau pujyo yatha harih


maha-kula-prasuto 'pi
sarva-yajnesu diksitah
sahasra-sakhadhyayi ca
na guruh syad avaisnavah


The guru must be situated on the topmost platform of devotional service. There are three classes of devotees, and the guru must be accepted from the topmost class. ... When one has attained the topmost position of maha-bhagavata, he is to be accepted as a guru and worshiped exactly like Hari, the Personality of Godhead. Only such a person is eligible to occupy the post of a guru.


Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, CC Antya 5.71

A spiritually advanced person who is authorized to act as the spiritual master speaks as the Supreme Personality of Godhead dictates from within. Thus it is not that he is personally speaking.



It has become quite fashionable in this day to cheat people in the manner of presenting oneself as a highly elevated soul and therefore be quite capable of delivering other souls from the material mire. So, many such illusioned people in this age take up the role of Guru, Spiritual Master, or Acarya.


Our Srila Prabhupada, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, has made it quite clear, at least from his own books, which is our standard by which to judge such pretentious persons. This means that for a person to take on the business of initiating others into the cult of bhakti yoga, according to Srila Prabhupada, that person must be so ordered by his own guru , AND be highly qualified. Mentioned briefly above are some of those immense qualifications.


In the present day iskcon organization, it has become the norm to accept somebody as guru, with a no objection vote, after obtaining which that person is now certified by them to be qualified to take his own disciples and begin his business as "spiritual master".


Of course this is utter nonsense since as Srila Prabhupada has told us, guru doesn't become guru by votes of some council of men. A real guru is selected by the Lord Himself, authorized by the Lord Himself and lastly this person has the personal qualifications by which he can perform this intricate function on behalf of the Supreme Lord. The above two lectures and purport, prove this point-that a real guru has to be highly qualified, he MUST be from the Paramahamsa order of life and nothing less!! Otherwise if one accepts a person without these immense qualifications, it is sure he will be cheated and thereby his spiritual life will be ruined.


Or as Srila Prabhupada says above..."everything is bogus".


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