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Question: When the disciple breaks his promises, why should the guru take the suffering for the disciple’s mistake. When it is the law of karma, that as you sow you should reap? How far is this that the merciful guru has to suffer for the mindless disciple?

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Jayapataka Swami: You see the guru presents the disciple to Krsna through the guru parampara. And if the guru presents an unqualified disciple, then he will be responsible. It says that if a disciple consciously breaks a principle, he is known as a guru drohi, killer of the guru. Because, the guru and him are connected or he or she are connected to the guru in a special relationship. If the disciple does something good, it also benefits the guru. If the disciple does something bad, it also harms the guru. So to one extent, will depend on how Krsna judges the matter. If the guru accepted some unqualified disciple, who he should not have accepted, then he will be held responsible by Lord Krsna. And that is why I try to – also, Srila Prabhupada, he would have a time where he would observe the disciple, aspiring disciple. So similarly, we have a time, one should chant 16 rounds, follow the four principles for six months, then they can take guru asraya. And then they should practice for some more time, minimum six months then they can take first initiation. So I have a checklist that one should read Bhagavad-gita twice, one should read the first canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, one should read certain books, do some things, learn certain mantras like tilaka mantra, this checklist is available on the website and in my office. Those who take shelter, they should have a checklist because you have to follow most of those things before you can take initiation. Some gurus have disciples wait for two years, three years, four years or more. I thought better than that just having people wait a long time, have some things that they should do so that if they are enthusiastic, they can finish in six months, if they are not enthusiastic, they may take a few years. It is up to them! But if we have no system and we accept disciples who are not sincere, then Krsna can hold us responsible. That is why request the sincere disciples, they can do some extra circumambulations to Tulasi and offer the results to me.