Remembering Srila Prabhupada: Connecting with Srila Prabhupada

                                                                  Q. For some time I want to hear to Srila Prabhupada's lectures, because I am unable to connect well with my Spiritual Master. It has more to do with my own condition of mind. But since it is helpful to hear spiritual sound vibration, I felt that I can purify myself by hearing Srila Prabhupada's lectures. But at the same time, I also notice that there is pride in the heart, where I feel that I am diminishing the importance of my Spiritual Master and giving more importance to Srila Prabhupada. I want to avoid this and at the same time, I am unable to appreciate my Spiritual Master's classes the same way I used to.

                                                                  Q. Why is the mangala arati offered to Radha Krishna when in fact we are glorifying Guru Tattva by singing Guruvastaka prayers? Whereas in ISKCON Vrndavan temple, while the morning arati is offered to Their Lordships, "Vibhavari sesa" is sung and Guruvastaka is sung to Srila Prabhupada. Could you comment?

                                                                  This question has two parts.

                                                                  As our Founder-acarya, Srila Prabhupada deliberately took steps which would hold his fledgeling disciples on the path of bhakti by securing deeply within their hearts the all-saving power of guru-nistha. The early stages of ISKCON were simply an explosion of enthusiasm to assist Srila Prabhupada in carrying out his mission.