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"Why should I accept any authority?"
Once a person asked Srila Prabhupada, "Swami so-and-so says that you should not hear anyone nor accept any authority. The Truth is within you. You should hear only that voice." Srila Prabhupada replied, "Then why are you hearing from him?" No reply. Srila Prabhupada went on to explain that whenever anyone tells you not to listen to anyone, they simply want to exploit you by making you listen only to them. Accepting an authority and hearing from that person is the basis for learning in any field, what then to speak of the realm of spirituality, which is beyond sense perception. Lord Krishna states in the Bhagavad-gita that those who surrender to Him become free from all suffering. Devotees accept the Lord's authority, surrender to Him and achieve all good fortune. But the nondevotees lack faith in the Lord's instructions; so they refuse to surrender to Him, continue to struggle for existence in the material world and lose the opportunity to go back home, back to Godhead.