Devotee Govinda who was servitor of sripad Ramanuja said that,
“Well I know that before I was a devotee I had no transcendental or spiritual qualities and if I have any qualities now that they are seeing, it must be that they are seeing simply the good qualities of the Guru. Only by his mercy can I do anything. But because the Guru has given me some mercy, that’s why I’m saying, accepting their praise. Actually I don’t have any personal good quality or credit. Because I had nothing spiritual about me when I came.’ That’s actually simply the mercy of the Lord and his devotees, his guru.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA