Common Impediments: Challenging Spirit

                                                                  Q. In recent Bhakti Vriksha meetings, some of my previous understandings of the Trimurthy Concept and Dasa-avataras has been changed significantly and this has prompted me to study the structure of Indian Philosophies and inquire into the various schools of thought to understand objectively the different philosophical traditions or sampradayas and their teachings. Is this inquiry wrong?

                                                                  Q. 1. Is there a difference between a recommendation and an instruction from a spiritual master to the disciple? If so, then how does one deal with the recommendation in a manner that is conducive to the spirit of surrender to the spiritual master?