The path of spiritual realization is undoubtedly difficult. The Lord, therefore, advises us to approach a bona fide spiritual master in the line of disciplic succession from the Lord Himself. No one can be a bona fide spiritual master without following this principle of disciplic succession. The Lord is the original spiritual master, and a person in the disciplic succession can convey the message of the Lord as it is to his disciple. No one can be spiritually realized by manufacturing his own process as is the fashion of the foolish pretenders.
Preaching is also not very differ cult because you haven't got to manufacture anything.Everything is there ,and it is chaitanya mahaprabhus order.Caitanya Mahaprabhu also took sannyasa at a early age,twenty four years old only.So he has practically shown by his activities how to preach krishna conciousness all over the world.
And he gives order to everyone,amara anaya guru hana tara ei desa....In which ever country you may live ,it doesn't matter.TRY TO DELIVER THEM BY BECOMING GURU''
and HOW ONE BECOMES GURU?That is also very easy.....SRI CHAITANYA MAHAPRABHU SAYS..YARE DEKHA TARE KAHA -UPADESA''You haven't got to manufacture anything.
Simply you try to repeat the instruction of bhagavad gita,krishna -upadesa.Noy only Bhagavad gita,there are nany other instructions .Especially Bhagavad gita.SO IF YOU SIMPLY CARRY THE MESSAGE OF BHAGAVAD GITA,THEN YOU BECOME GURU.Dont manufacture anything.Then it will be spoiled.
Man-mana bhava mad bhakto mad yaji mam namaskuru 'You can ,everyone can,say this...Krishna says,''you always think of me.So you can repeat only.You can say to others,''My dear sir please think of krishna''it doesn't require very much education.Simply just like a peon carry the message.Sir you always think of krishna'Then you become guru!
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!
One of the most significant lessons taught by Srila Prabhupada is about the position of guru or acharya. According to the vedic tradition, this subject is at vital concern to anyone who desires to pursue the spiritual path. To emphasize the importance of the guru or acharya, he repeatedly instructed in his books, lectures, letters and recorded room conversations.
He has quoted a verse from the Padma Purana in one of his books:
- The "Guru" must be situated on the topmost platform of devotional service. There are 3 classes of devotees, and the guru must be accepted from the topmost class. The first class devotee is the spiritual master of all kinds of people.
He has also taught how the guru or acharya has to be regarded by the disciples;
* The conclusion isthat an empowered spiritual guru should therefore be considered as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. (C.C madhya10.136)
"But as a matter of etiquette they do not do... so in the presence of their spiritual master. This is the etiquette. Otherwise, they are competent. They can make disciples and spread. They can recruit more members in this. They do, but they are being trained up. Just like here in this meeting, one of my disciples, he is acting as priest. It is not myself; he is acting. So some of my students, they are acting as priests, some of them are swamis, so they are competent to make disciples."
--Srila Prabhupada, July 18, 1971.....
Srila Prabhupada is talking to one graduate student named Mohsin Hassan, who is writing a thesis about the Hare Krishna... movement.
"Guru means inner guru. The first conception of guru is not the whole thing. ...It has to change gradually. The primary teacher, then higher education teacher. The teaching is continuing. The teacher's position is that he is coming to teach me. If I am alert, we can find that what he is teaching me. Physically that may be changed, but education of a particular department may grow. The teachers may be changed, (but) the flow inside the teachers is one and the same.
We shall try to find out guru, and the guru is inside also... that is caitya guru. Caitya guru will help us know the real guru with the development. The principle of guru is one and the same, but according to my progress the external aspect may change. It is told that the Lord Himself is Guru. He has come to make Himself known to me. My sincere hankering to know Him has moved His heart and He's coming to accept me through His agents. He Himself is Guru.
The potency of distributing Himself to others... that potency is Guru. That aspect of the Supreme which makes Himself known to the others, that function of Him is Guru. According to my capacity it may change. So our Guru parampara is siksa parampara. Mahāprabhu, then Swarup Damodar, then Rūpa, Sanatan, then comes Ragunath, Kavirāja Goswāmī , siksa guru parampara.
According to our inner sincerity, the current is coming and what is suiting my taste... santa, dasya, sakya, vātsalya, madhurya, we are to accept that current. Even other religions also, Muslim, Christian. In this way, according to his inner capacity he changes guru, creed, all these things. Comparative study does not mean that all comparisons are true. The real comparison must be there if we can leave Christianity and accept Vaisnavism."
~ Srila Sridhar Maharaj
So here is a very sweet guru appreciation from Srila Prabhupadas intimate freind and wellwisher.....,another is when advaita acharya prabhu called to Krishna and balarama(the original spiritual master).Thus even though sleeping upon the ocean of milk he responded to nadas calls for him(balarama )to descend as Nitai along with gaura in the chaitanya caritamrita!
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Srila Prabhupada is Founder Acharya of ISKCON. He comes under Brahma-Madhava Sampardaya. Before Him there are many Gurus coming in disciplic succession directly from Brahma ji. This is the aspect which makes ISKCON an authentic sampardaya and we are receving the authentic knowledge about Krishna.
So Guru-Shishya parampara is there and it is not finished after Srila Prabhupada. Those who believe that Srila Prabhupada is the last Guru actually trying to break this parampara and once you are cut-off from the roots you cannot survive for a long. One day the cut-off part will die without achieving the real goal i.e. Krishna.
Stay with the roots. There are so many pure devotees and Gurus in ISKCON who have given their whole life for the orders of their spiritual master so we should follow them instead of getting misguided by those who always do Vaishnava Ninda. The whole purpose of Krishna conciousness is to get the pure Love of Krishna and not to grow the feeling of haterdness for anyone especially Vaishnavas.
So unless we come to the parampara system,''acarya after archarya'',there is no right education.Therefore Caitanya mahaprabhu's private secretary ,personal secretary Svarupa Damodara,he advised ''bhagavat para giya bhagavat sthane.if you want to learn Srimad bhagavatam,you go to a person whose life is bhagavatam.Grantha-bhagavata and person bhagavata---both of them bhagavatas.
''Fromthe personal example of Sri Narada muni in his previous birth,it is clear that the service of the lord begins with the service of the lords bonifide servants.The Lord says that the service of his servants is greater than his personal service.Service of the devotees is more valuable than the service of the lord.One should therefore choose a bonifide servant of the lord constantly engaged in his service,accept such a servant as the spiritual master and engage himself in his(spiritual masters) service.Such a spiritual master is the transparent medium by which to visualise the lord,who is beyond the conception of the material senses.By service of the bonifide spiritual master,the lord consents to reveal himself in proportion to the service rendered.''
All Glores to Srila Prabhupada,
Srila Prabhupada's plan for sucession in ISKCON;
- Before he left this world in 1977, the worlwide movement he had established was only a little over 11 years old.
His senior most disciples were all westeners and were exposed to vedic culture only for the last 6-10 years. In 1977, his senior disciples were in their early or midthirties and assisting Srila Prabhupada in managing the worlwide institution.
Srila Prabhupada was fully aware that his disciples did not possess the spiritual qualifications to be raised to the position of great acharya or guru.
Srila Prabhupada emphasized that it is the vedic tradition that one becomes a guru or acharya when one is authorised by his own guru. Therefore Srila Prabhupada appointed 11 senior disciples that will act in the psition of "representative of the acharya" for the purpose of performing initiations. One of them was His Holiness Tamala Krsna Goswami Prabhu.
These representatives may accept the devotee as an initiated disciple of Srila Prabhupada.
Therefore it is conclude here, that there is no one other Srila Prabhupada that can claim themselves as "Guru" upon the departure of Srila Prabhupada.