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Guru is very confidential servant of Krsna. Why confidential servant? Because he is canvassing door to door, "Please become Krsna conscious. Please surrender to Krsna." Krsna says to Arjuna, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja [Bg. 18.66], and guru takes that very mission, but does not say like Krsna, that "Your surrender to me." He says, "Surrender to Krsna." One has to surrender to Krsna through the via media of guru, directly. This is the process. Therefore guru accepts respects from the disciple not for his personal self, but conveying the respect to Krsna. This is the process. Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto 'pi **. If you cannot get the mercy of guru, then it is very difficult to approach Krsna. We cannot approach Krsna directly. Evam parampara-praptam imam rajarsayo viduh [Bg. 4.2]. That is the statement in the Bhagavad-gita. Parampara. Guru, he offers the same respect to his guru, his guru. It goes. In this way, it goes to Krsna, parampara system. Therefore it is stated, bhavad-anugrahat. Bhavad-anugrahat: "Please kindly become merciful upon me."
By H.D.G. Srila Prabhupada