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Summary: Spiritual leadership means to ardently follow Krishna's indications for us re. how we can please Him; guru, shastra and sadhu are the conveyors of His indications and instructions. Spiritual leadership entails recognizing our tiny position, powerless without the Supreme Powerful mercifully bestowing both some service upon us, along with the means to execute it. Can we, conditions souls, rise above the platform of material conditioning, to become perfected souls? Srila Prabhupada clearly says "Yes!" By spiritual leadership, or by placing Krishna as our leader who we commit ourselves to follow, we can become "perfect, although we are imperfect" (conditioned).

Our beloved founder-acarya is providing us with all the resources

Summary: Perpetual struggle with duality is the life of a conditioned soul. By training and by purification, we need to become situated beyond envy, beyond seeing according to the features of duality, and beyond the subtle and gross impurities of material life. Our beloved founder-acarya is providing us with all the resources we need to achieve these stages of bhakti. Please consider the passages below very carefully.

Reading Assignment

a) Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.13.11 (Further Talks Between King Rahugana and Jada Bharata)

Srila Prabhupada trained us in every aspect of life

Summary: Becoming trained and training others in Krsna Consciousness is of great importance. Below you will find one important principle in the dynamic of training, and the desired outcome of that training. Often Srila Prabhupada used the phrase "independently thoughtful" in connection with encouraging brahminical quality. Note that one's spirit is not "independent", but that group-think or mindlessness is the contrasting quality; when one acts or speaks, each behavior they should be mindfully done, with a reasonable understanding as to "why, what, and how". Structures that create over-dependence and are over-centralized were unwanted by Srila Prabhupada.

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December 26, 2007

Summary: We will soon be greeting a new year. With what resolve should we move forward, towards reaching Krishna? Let us follow in the footsteps of Prahlad Maharaja. As exalted as he was, his humility was the crown on his head. Like Prahlad, let us strive to become moved by such a humble mood of service, eschewing all other aspirations for acquiring any of the named false shelters, so-called opulences and misleading so-called qualifications. Let us move further on the path of ever-increasing humble service, striving to somehow satisfy Krishna in this way.
Reading Assignment: a) Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.8, and b) Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.9
a) Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.8

Here, Bali Maharaja surrenders to the Lord despite getting cursed by his Spiritual Master
January 11, 2012

Summary: What follows is the story of Prsadhra's being cursed by his spiritual master Vasistha. In spite of having a guru who "was not free from tamo-guna" and who cursed him to take another birth (and that that birth would be as a sudra), nevertheless Prsadhra "returned home, back to Godhead," due to his proper attitude as a disciple as well as a worshiper of the Supreme Lord. Having a guru less than the ideal (and even having been cursed by guru!) did not keep him from becoming self-realized and attaining the Supreme destination. Thus, a disciple is never at a loss if he/she follows the true Vaisnava ways.