Jayapatākā Swami:  It is like when Śrīla Prabhupāda was at the Ardha-Kumbha-melā, in 1971, in Allahabad, he was telling how coming to devotional service we cross over  all the pious activities, sacrifices. So one of his disciples said that, “Śrīla Prabhupāda! I look back at my life, I don’t think I did anything pious. I haven’t done any sacrifices or anything. So how is it that I could achieve devotional service?” Śrīla Prabhupāda answered, “I made your good fortune for you!” Actually, we understand that we have no qualification, it is simply by the mercy of our spiritual master, he is not getting any benefit, just that he wants to give the mercy of Lord Caitanya out. Then how much should we be grateful to the guru for that? So to some extent if we have a drop of that appreciation, then we can become guru conscious.
23-April-2021 Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, India