“One needs a spiritual master both to know what Krsna wants and what one doesn’t want and also to be trained and to practice serving in a personal relationship. And therefore, the spiritual master is described as saksad-haritvena, that he is directly the svarupa of Krsna, that he is Krsna’s mercy expansion for training the disciples, for training the devotees.”

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami
10th June 1981
St. Louis, USA