Within the International Society for Kṛṣṇa Consciousness, “guru” has been taken to be synonymous with dīkṣā-guru, but what about those great souls who have introduced us to Kṛṣṇa consciousness? What relationship do we have with these Vaiṣṇavas, and what are our obligations toward them, as well as toward parents, teachers, sannyāsīs, and other superiors who help guide us back to Godhead? Not much has been said by our Society on these topics, and hardly any appreciation is shown for those souls who labour to elevate us day by day. The scriptures, however, glorify as guru all Vaiṣṇavas who guide a conditioned soul back to Godhead, be they instructors or initiators, and advocating a culture of honor and respect. ISKCON needs to reflect upon these principles further, and the purpose of this book is to act as a catalyst toward such an end.
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Sample chapter from the book.