HH Bhakti Caru Swami, ISKCON GBC voted in Guru:
(Bhagavad gita Lectures 1975)
(Morning Walk, Seattle, 2.10.68.)
"Later on, someone came up with the theory that Srila Prabhupada wanted his disciples to give initiation on his behalf as ritvik acaryas, and that all the initiates would be Srila Prabhupada's disciples. As a matter of fact, Srila Prabhupada was very much against this concept. At one point he mentioned this was the flaw of Christianity. Christianity does not accept the system of a present Guru. They think Jesus is the only one and no one is coming to give initiation, or no one is coming as acarya. Therefore, there is no system of continuation of spiritual knowledge..."His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acarya of ISKCON and living Guru:
(Spiritual Connections,Vol. 13, Jan-Apr 1996, p.6)
|Is Jesus in the parampara?|
|He says, "there is God. I am son of God". That is parampara.|
|Tamal Krishna:||Can a Christian in this age, without a Spiritual Master, but by reading the Bible, and following Jesus's words, reach the...|
|Srila Prabhupada:||When you read the Bible, you follow the Spiritual Master. How can you say without? As soon as you read the Bible, that means you are following the instruction of Lord Jesus Christ. That means that you are following the Spiritual Master.|
|Tamal Krishna:||I was referring to a living Spiritual Master.|
|Srila Prabhupada:||Spiritual Master is not question of...Spiritual Master is eternal...[...] As you say that "by reading bible", when you read Bible that means you are following the Spiritual Master represented by some priest or some clergyman in the line of Lord Jesus Christ.|
Srila Prabhupada: Actually, one who is guided by Jesus will certainly get liberation.
(Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers, chapter 9)
Srila Prabhupada: "This is called Guru parampara, disciplic succession..This is our process. We are getting knowledge from Krsna, the most perfect. Or you get knowledge from Jesus Christ, that is also perfect, because source is perfect."
(Conversation, Germany 19.6.74)
"You must follow one acarya, like Christians, they follow Christ, acarya. [...] You must follow some acarya ... Evam parampara praptam."
(Room Conversation, Melbourne, May 20th, 1975)