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Srila Prabhupada, Boston, May 6, 1968, (Glenville Ave. Temple): [...] So the word that, “Nothing can happen without the sanction of God”, that is a fact. Nobody can act anything… Then the question is why a man acts sinfully? Why…? Does God give sanction for sinful action? Yes. When one insists that, “I shall do it”. “All right, do it. And suffer the consequences.”
So this purification process, according to Vaishnava smrti, adau gurvasrayam tato sad-dharma-prcchat sadhu marganugamanam. In the beginning one has to accept a spiritual master, bona fide spiritual master. And who is bona fide spiritual master? That is also described in several Vedic scriptures.
In the Upanisad it is said, srotriyam brahma-nistham [MU 1.2.12]. One who has come down in disciplic succession and as a result of such authorized succession one has become fully, firmly convinced in Brahman. Brahman, Paramatma, Bhagavan, the same thing. Brahma-nistham. He is transcendentally situated.
So these things are there. And in the Srimad-Bhagavatam also it is said that who requires a spiritual master? That is also said. Tasmad gurum prapadyeta [SB 11.3.21]. One, let one surrender himself unto the spiritual master. Who is that one? Jijnasuh. One who is inquisitive.
What about inquisitiveness? Jijna… sreya uttamam. The highest perfectional stage of life. If one is inclined what is transcendental life, what is spiritual life, what is perfection of life, if one is inclined to this subject matter, for him there is necessity of approaching a bona fide spiritual master.
To accept a spiritual master is not a hobby. “Because everyone accepts some spiritual master, let me have also a spiritual master without following the instruction, without following the principles.”
That sort of acceptance of spiritual master is not required. He doesn’t require to accept a spiritual master who is not inquisitive on transcendental subject matter. Jijnasuh sreya uttamam. Uttamam means… Ut means surpassing, and tamam means the darkness. This material world is darkness.
And one who has transcended the darkness region and has come to the region of light… Jyotir gamah tamasa ma, “Don’t remain in this darkness. Go to the light.” So that is called uttamam. Full Lecture