Guru or Spiritual Master: Finding a Guru

                                                                  Q. Let us assume hypothetically that someone accepts the Bhagavad Gita of Srila Prabhupada, and decides to follow and accept that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Then he realizes his inability to choose a guru who is a pure devotee. If he then resorts to simply following Prabhupada, but accepting that he is not a diksha disciple of Prabhupada but a siksha disciple, can he go back to Godhead by following the instructions of Prabhupada and chanting?

                                                                  Q. 1. Why an aspirant is unable to approach Lord Krishna or his representative or a Sadhu or obtain a spiritual master even after they have spent time for the last 60 years of its life? This person is totally materially inclined, but occasionally turn to the Lord without any desires wholeheartedly.

                                                                  Q. Is it OK to look for a spiritual master by asking the ones you would like to be Spiritual Master to learn more about you or should we wait for Krishna to appoint one to us?

                                                                  Yes, it is OK and indeed essential to seek a bona fide spiritual master earnestly and to learn about him by hearing from him and serving him. Simultaneously, one should depend on the mercy of Lord Krishna and pray. Lord Krishna reciprocates with such sincerity and prayers by sending the bona fide spiritual master into the devotee's life. Thus, our effort and Krishna's mercy - both are important!