Question: There are so many spiritual masters, we are associated with directly or online, is there any guidelines to choose spiritual master? How to choose a guru and how can we know when we are eligible to take initiation?

Jayapataka Swami: As far as which spiritual master you should choose, that’s your personal preference. Who you see as your connection with the guru parampara, who you think is merciful to you, who you understand better. One has one diksha guru, but they may have many...

Question: In the Bhagavad-gita 4.34 purport, Srila Prabhupada mentions satisfaction of the self-realized spiritual master is the secret of advancement in spiritual life. How should we try to satisfy and please Guru? Hari Hara Krsna Caitanya das.

Guru Maharaj: In ISKCON Guru is naturally pleased if you are satisfying the desires of Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada wants to satisfy his Guru’s desires, his Guru wants to satisfy his Guru’s, like that it goes up to Lord Brahma, and he wants to satisfy Lord...

Question: Can someone who is endeavoring to follow his Guru’s instructions sincerely and is making his guru’s instructions and desire as his life and soul, but hasn’t got the chance to take formal initiation, can such a person go back to Godhead, achieve the highest goal of Krishna Prema in this very life, and also achieve his Guru’s service eternally?

Guru Maharaj: Since the name of Krishna is not different from Krishna somehow by chanting the name of Krishna, one may also achieve the highest perfection. But the secure way is to take initiation from the authorized guru parampara, and then in that way serve Krishna....