Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
A real guru does not claim that he is God. But indeed he is as good as God. So we should never consider such great mahatmas as ordinary people and be neglectful in our dealings with them. Sri Krishna says to Uddhava in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.17.27
aacaaryam maam vijaaniyaan / navamanyeta karhicit
na martya-buddhyaasuyeta / sarva deva mayo guruh
"One should know the acarya as Myself and never disrespect him in any way. One should not envy him, thinking him an ordinary man, for he is the representative of all the demigods."
Once Indra and the other demigods in his assembly, failed to pay respects to their spiritual master Brhaspati. Displeased with their behaviour, Brhaspati became invisible. Soon after this the demigods were easily defeated by the demons. And they had to face many miserable situations. On the other hand when a disciple is obedient and submissive, then pleased by their behaviour, the Lord sends His dear devotee to help the disciple to come to Him soon. Simply by abiding the instructions of their guru, Sri Narada Muni disciples like Dhruva Maharaj, Prahlad Maharaj were able to see the Lord face to face. In Padmapurana Uttara khanda, 1st chapter shloka 8, Shaunka muni very nicely says to Suta Goswami the glories of spiritual master. He says
cintaamani lokasukam suradruhu svarga sampadam
prayachati guruh preeto vaikuntho yogi durlabham
"The chintamani or touch stone is capable of granting the pleasures of the world. The divine tree Kaplavruksha can give pleasures of swarga and heavens. But a worthy Guru and preceptor who is satisfied can even grant entrance in Vaikuntha which would be difficult even for yogis."
So realising the greatness of spiritual master, we should never under-estimate them to be like a ordinary person, but always approach them with mood of service and humility.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi
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