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To summarize, the qualifications of the disciple are:
*Humble surrender to the spiritual master
*Submissive inquiry about the long term goal of life
*Devotion to the Supreme Lord
*Faith in the spiritual master
Thus one who feels the need to cross the dark ocean of nescience. which is material existence, requires a guru. We must Inquire about that portion of God's creation, which is beyond this darkness. The Upanishads and the Bhagavad-gita describe an other world, beyond this material nature. According to Krishna in Bhagavad-gita (15.6)
na tad bhasayate suryo na shashanko na pavakah
yad gatva na nivartante tad dhama paramam mama
"That supreme abode of Mine is not illumined by the sun or moon, nor by fire or electricity. Those who reach it never return to this material world."
It is not possible for us to go to that paravyoma (spiritual sky) by material means. By great fortune, a soul wandering life after life in this material world is guided by the Supreme Lord to a pure devotee, who can become his spiritual master and deliver him knowledge of his real identity, God and the transcendental relationship between him and God. Therefore Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has said,
brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
guru krishna prasade paya bhakti lata bija
"The fallen, conditioned living entity, trapped by the external energy, loiters in the material world, but by the mercy of the Lord, he meets a bona fide representative of the Lord, and if he takes advantage of such a guru, he receives the seed of devotional service." (Chaitanaya Charitamrita, Madhya 19.151) Therefore one should not waste the valuable human form of life; rather one should elevate oneself by surrendering to a bona fide spiritual master and by following his instructions carefully. Thus one can become completely purified by serving him and become eligible to enter the kingdom of God in this very life.