“Spiritual master must find out what is the defect in the disciple. If there’s no defect then he’ll be already pure devotee. He’ll already be at the perfectional stage. So spiritual master means he has to pull out the weeds. When you pull out the weeds, naturally the roots are grown into the soil there, it may hurt, agitate the soil. But someone has to pull out the weeds. We have to be expert in pulling out our own weeds. But the spiritual master, he’s also expert in how to pull out weeds.”

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami
30th April 1980
Los Angeles, California