Guru or Spiritual Master: Mercy Representation of Krishna

                                                                  Q. Prelude to Question:  I have an inquiry that I believe will help me to better understand the position of the acharyas in bona fide parampara and the role of the spiritual master in general:

                                                                  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.