“If you have some disease you go to the doctor. The doctor gives you the treatment, the medicine, and you follow it. If you feel better then you know it’s successful. So, like that we have also our spiritual doctors, they’re known as guru, acarya, and they have their assistants, so they’ll give advice. Then one, if they actually have that humility that “I’m not in full knowledge. I’m in ignorance about my spiritual nature, so let me follow the instructions of these spiritually advanced people…”, you can try it, and if you see you’re getting some progress, you’re becoming spiritually healthier, then you should continue and ultimately, then you surrender, means then you agree that “For the rest of my life, I will continue just follow the spiritual advice and direction of the master… of the spiritual master.”

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami
5th June 1983
Atlanta, Georgia