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Title: Disciplic Succession

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-10-19 18:37:00


Dear Swami Gaurangapada,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Shrila Prabhupada.


Thank you so much for those nectarian answers to increase our faith in the

Lord. How wonderful the devotees are to ask such questions, which clear

our own doubts.


I have a question regarding accepting a living spiritual master. I totally

understand the concept of accepting diksha from a living guru, and to take

re-initiation from a bonafide guru, when one's guru becomes fallen by

giving up the path of bhakti and chanting.


How is it in the case when one's spiritual master has disappeared from

this world? Is it compulsory to accept another living guru? Its almost a

rhetorical question......but I need to have 100% clarity on this.


Would you mind please to clarify this with your profound understanding in


Your servant,Mridani dd


††† Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:


When one's Diksha Guru disappears from this world, one can either do one of the following:

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(1) If one is advanced and strongly situated in Gauranga Krishna consciousness, then one can continue practicing and preaching the instructions of one's Guru by reading or hearing his words and by studying or hearing the scripture of all the Acharyas of the Guru Parampara. Hearing their vani is also associating with them through divine sound vibration. So all of the Acharyas are our Shiksha Gurus eternally and we can take their association anytime through their writings.


(2) If one feels the need of proper guidance to solidify one's faith further and to answer our questions, then one should approach one or more living Shiksha Guru(s) who can teach us and enlighten us more and more on the instructions of our Diksha Guru and the Acharyas so that we can complete our journey to the spiritual world in this lifetime.