Surrender to Guru

In spiritual life we have to have a spiritual master and we have to surrender to him. And the spiritual master guides one, one has to be receptive to the advice of the spiritual master and he guides one how to avoid this type of personal conflict, maybe someone has a mentality which is very angry or very antagonistic, so the guru may give him such a service, he may be the night guard in the temple, so he never meets anyone, he only meets at Mangala Arti then sleeps, until a person gets enough of the edge off of him – that can be adjusted by the guru. But one has to take guru and has to take guidance to solve all these problems.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986, 29th Sep, SB class @ Toronto, Canada

The spiritual master is a Nitya Rupa

The spiritual master no one can see who he actually is. They are seeing his skin outside clothing. But behind that, there is a nitya-rupa eternal form which is there serving Krishna on the transcendental platform. That is not visible by conditional souls. So similarly we don’t see the actual background all of these devotees they have got some relationship with Krishna and some… after Kurukshetra war, Krishna He went back very quickly. So some people He sent ahead and some people He allowed to remain.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 20th July, SB class @ Chennai, India.

Go through the guru-parampara…

The name Krishna was given to Him by Garga… but of course, that name always existed, and Garga Muni knew that this was Krishna and Balarama, as will be described later. So, Rama means He gives happiness. He’s the Supreme enjoyer, but when we serve the Lord who’s the Supreme enjoyer, not only do… does… actually we become happy. This is the… the wonderful secret, that by serving the Lord who is the Supreme Enjoyer, we actually become happy.
By serving our own whimsical desires, our own uh, material inclinations, we simply become miserable. But, by serving the uh… the desires of the Lord, then we become happy. So, the method of getting transcendental happiness is serving the lotus feet of Lord Balarama. No one can approach Krishna without the mercy of Balarama. No one can approach Lord Caitanya without the mercy of uh, Lord Nityananda Prabhu. So, of course, they’re very merciful, so… but we should not try to jump over. That’s why the guru is considered to be the representative of Balarama, or Nityananda, and to approach the Lord, we cannot jump over the guru. We have to go through the guru-parampara. In this way, approaching Balarama, or Nityananda Prabhu, thereby achieving the shelter of Lord Krishna, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 6th June, SB Class, New Vrindavan @ USA

Don’t put the spiritual master into difficulty.

We have to be very careful not to put the spiritual master into difficulty. Not to put ourselves into difficulty. Actually because of over attachment to sense gratification person becomes cruel and violent, by being so attached to sense gratification that they even are becoming cruel and violent to the spiritual master, what else can it be? Isn’t it cruel ness and violence if they break regulative principles knowing that it is going to put their spiritual master into difficulty, to willfully, intentionally put someone else into difficulty in modern law, and just in justice it’s considered to be violence, if a worker knows that a Boeing 747 doesn’t have an essential part and willingfully doesn’t put it in, and it crashes and 500 people die, so isn’t he considered to be responsible, violent neglect of his duty?

If a doctor knows that the patient is too weak for the operation but to get money operates anyway and the patient dies, and they can prove it, that he knew he was too weak, they sue. So even just neglecting our… no. This is more than that because we know that, “Whatever am doing after I take initiation my spiritual master is directly responsible for the reaction.” So if someone even in spite of understanding that is so attached to sense gratification that doesn’t consider what would be the reaction to the spiritual master, we can understand that person has become very cruel and very violent. If… if only out of ignorance.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1983, 5th,November, SB Class @ USA

The special mercy is very rare….

It’s not said about Lord Caitanya, but ordinarily Krishna doesn’t give special mercy, so much. You don’t find. It’s very rare. How many, you can count. Kubja got special mercy. Bali maharaja got special mercy. The gopis got special mercy. Some of the queens in Dvaraka, they got special mercy, but uh, out of so many millions of living entities getting that special mercy is uh, rare. Generally, special mercy is given directly by the Lord, or by His representative, so they’re also very rare. Out of millions and millions of people, you’ll find only one is a pure devotee of Krishna, so if they’re the only ones giving out special mercy, then isn’t that quite rare? In any case, special mercy is very valuable. It’s priceless commodity, so one should always be hankering, Prabhupada advised us, for the special mercy of guru and Gauranga.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

22nd Dec, 1982 SB class @ New Orleans, USA.

The super soul and the Guru are non different

one first hears from the spiritual master, it won’t be that what he’s speaking is completely new. But it’ll be almost as if we’d heard these things as some intrinsent truth that we can understand very easily, and we get even a confirmation from inside that, “Yes, this makes sense.”, you see. Because the Supersoul and the guru, the spiritual master are non-different. The Supersoul is working from within as caitya-guru, or the guru uh, of the conscience, of the consciousness, and the spiritual master is working from outside to give guidance.

So, the two are to be considered as one, although of course the guru is in the mood as servant of Krishna, and in fact he is the servant of Krishna, but for the disciple, they see that directly Krishna is helping me in the form of guru, so from within and without, then the uh, candidate for liberation is guided until full consciousness of service of Krishna is developed. At that time, then the relationship with the spiritual master is there, but then it becomes much more of… on a friendly level. While before that, it is more on a formal service, reverential level. In the spiritual sky, then even the spiritual master is uh, introducing one into the direct services of Krishna, which are not possible until one is completely free from all material conceptions.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

Nov 15, 1982 SB @ Nepal.


So to be secure, to be safe, then one does everything. Even if one feels very strongly about it, even if one maybe feel dead sure that this is inspired but say as like a check and balance, if nothing else to show an example for others one would go to the spiritual master which confirm it with the scriptures. Because the scriptures are subject to interpretation. Therefore the spiritual master’s able to tell what the exact interpretation of that particular passage in the scriptures means whether it applies or not. If a person just uses the scripture there’s also room for interpretation. You can kind of stretch out a few different meanings.

HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja

8th January 1984, New orleans


 After you chant a number of times, just by chanting you feel the very deep connection. But just because one feels the connection, that doesn’t mean that one gets an idea to do something that one’s going to… one would still want to confirm that with the spiritual master, and after confirming and confirming and after certain kind of maturity then one’s connection would be recognized by the spiritual master to be so… so in tune that the spiritual master would authorize that person to become a spiritual master. He would authorize that person to confirm other people’s inspirations…

HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja

January 8th, 1984 | New Orleans


“There is a sloka in Caitanya Caritamrita, Bharata bhumi te manushya janma hoilo jaar Janma saarthaka kori, koro upakaar. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad has taken this instruction and because of that so many lakhs and lakhs of people on this earth have been able to get the mercy of the Holy Name. So now all of you take this instruction of Caitanyadev and help others by giving them the Holy Name.”

His Holiness Srila Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaj
11th July, 2016
Kolkata, Indi


“ISKCON grew from just a seed to a worldwide organization because everyone was serving on the basis of the principle of serving the spiritual master, and Srila Prabhupada said this is the secret of the expansion of the Krishna conscious movement. And our basic principle is that we do everything as the servant of the servant of the Lord. Our basic principle is devotional service to the spiritual master.”

His Holiness Srila Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaj

28th September, 1985 | New Orleans, USA

Going back to spiritual world

Any way this Bhagavad-gita teaches us how this world works and how we can get out of it. Of course, by doing good karmas you can get higher birth. You can go to swarga. But when your good karma runs out, you have to come here. Lord Caitanya, He has given us a special blessing. If we chant Hare Krsna and follow His instructions, we can leave this material world and go back to the spiritual world. 

30th June 2019
Sri Jagannath Mandir
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Question: How will I accept gurudev’s instructions and service given by the authority as my life and soul and carry it out?

Guru maharaj: The guru, he doesn’t say his own opinion. Sadhu sastra guru, give the evidence. Whatever the guru says you can ask him where it is given in sastra. If the sastra or guru or life of some devotee that evidence is there. Some modern gurus, they say that they don’t believe in sastra. They are not qualified gurus Guru means that like a lawyer, he quotes case evidence and laws. A lawyer cannot say, see my client, he is accused of murder but he is a nice guy! Actually he is a good guy! He eats rosogolla! Ha! And he has a pet dog! We should have mercy on him! Otherwise who will feed his dog? A lawyer cannot say that! Similarly a guru cannot say that oh worship Tulasi, better than that do eggplant puja!

6th July 2019
Kolkata, India

Do what you like for Krishna

“To my young disciples, find out what you like to do, and do that for Krishna. You can do whatever you like to do, but you should do it enthusiastically for Krishna. You don’t have to do things that you don’t like to do at a young age. So, the younger devotees should do whatever they like to do for Krishna; but later you are to do whatever the guru wants you to.“

His Holiness Srila Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaj
22nd March, 2019
Sridham Mayapur, India

Being Care

“We should be very careful to follow the orders of Srila Prabhupada as is given in his literatures and as they are coming down in a very pure way, unmotivatedly in the mood of pure devotional service. No matter how great one may be if we are careless we can become contaminated by any of the three gunas.”

His Holiness Srila Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaj
21 January, 1982

How one initiated devotee can connect to spiritual master in the physical absence of the spiritual master?

Guru maharaj: Guru has gone back to Vaikuntha or is not in Guwahati and gone to another place? (The devotee said: Not in Guwahati). I am trying to start a ‘E Care’ for my disciples. This class is being broadcast on Facebook. I have Facebook in English, Bengali and other languages. I don’t have in Assamese. We need volunteers to be responsible for the Assamese page. We have Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Bengali, English, Russian. Now we need Assamese. Anyone wants to volunteer? Anyway now we have Facebook, Twitter, email. So disciples can write to me and get a reply. Sometimes I delay but that is why I want to establish the E Care system so that there is no delay. A number of devotees from Bengaluru, Chennai and England are working on this project.

5th June 2019
ISKCON Guwahati, Assam, India

Special Secret

“Prabhupada revealed that there is a great secret to becoming advanced in Krishna consciousness. There is a great secret, that secret is one should constantly pray for the mercy of the spiritual master and the previous acaryas to advance in pure devotional service. One should pray. He should desire the mercy of the great vaishnavas. This is the open secret. Srila Prabhupada, He always showed this, he always was trying to satisfy the desires of the previous acaryas.”

His Holiness Srila Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaj
15th September, 1979
Los Angeles, California, USA

Special Mercy

“When you are distributing transcendental literature, and you’re feeling some ecstasy, you don’t know who is looking over your shoulder at that time, but you can be sure that Srila Prabhupada, the spiritual masters, the disciplic succession, they are with you. That is their special mercy, that they are with the devotee while they are participating in the sankirtan movement.”

His Holiness Srila Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaj
9th March, 1982 
Sridham Mayapur

Spirutal Master’s Mercy

“This is a sincere and just prayer by the devotee to the Lord to, ‘Kindly in spite of my unqualified nature, if You will have mercy and be present in my heart so that I can simply serve You without any impediments.’ This is only possible by the mercy of the spiritual master that the Lord will reside in one’s heart.”

His Holiness Srila Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaj
29th April 1980,
Los Angeles, USA

All should take the role of diksha guru

Prabhupada wanted all of His followers to take up the role of Diksha Guru.

This was the desire of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. So, all devotees should try to spread the message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Saturday, April 5, 2014