Acarya - an essential subject
The true ācārya, the spiritual master of the entire world, is a confidential servitor of the Lord. His heart is always full of compassion for humanity in its suffering and is considered an incarnation of Krishna’s mercy. Perfect knowledge is acquired from the ācārya who has received Vedic knowledge and its precepts directly from the disciplic succession of the predecessor ācāryas. An ideal teacher, he knows the purport of the revealed scriptures, behaves exactly according to their injunctions, and teaches his students to adopt these principles also. The disciple, enriched with full spiritual knowledge, is awakened to the activities of devotional service through his blessings, thus a disciple must always remember to please his predecessor ācāryas.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Acarya category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 8 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
|Humility and meekness are appropriate when one's own honor is insulted but not when Lord Viṣṇu or the ācāryas are blasphemed. In such cases one should not be humble and meek but must act. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 10.85)|
|All the bona fide ācāryas preach this truth of returning home, back to Godhead, and warn men not to make a false plan for happiness in a place where happiness is only a myth. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.2.27)|
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