I find no Guru in my locality to accept him as my guru. What to do?

I find no Guru in my locality to accept him as my guru. What to do?

A male devotee (name hidden) asked like this:

“I follow Krishna–have studied the Bhagavad Gita and Swami Prabupada’s writings–I still do. Literature tells me I need to have a Guru–I live in an area where none is available. What do you suggest I do? By the way, you have a great site, very helpful. Thank You …………….”.

REPLY:

In this kaliyuga, getting a guru from a bonafide sampradhaya itself is very fortunate.

So, we can not expect a guru whom we can serve directly.

There are two ways of serving our guru:

(1) VAPU:   Directly serving our guru.

(2) VANI: Serving our guru indirectly.

How can we serve our guru indirectly?

If you are in Australia and your guru is in New Delhi, you can’t serve your guru directly.  Because, he may not need hundreds of disciples for his direct service. He may need just 4-5 confidential disciples for fulfilling his direct needs.

So, all the disciples can’t serve a guru directly. It is always impossible for any guru to arrange for direct service to all his disciples.

If you take any sampradhaya or spiritual organization, there are many gurus and disciples living in different places. Most of the disciples live away from their gurus physically, but, they are spiritually connected with their gurus.

When we follow what our guru said, that means, we are connected with our guru and following that guru.

Since you have mentioned about the ISKCON, let me guide accordingly. Just visit the nearest ISKCON center in your nearby locality in your country.

Attend the programs regularly on every Sunday and during festivals.

Start chanting hare Krishna Maha Manthra gradually and come to the stage of 16 rounds.

Strictly follow the four regulative principles such as No Meat, No Gambling, No intoxication and No illicit sex.

After six months of chanting 16 rounds and following the four regulative principles, talk to your temple manager/ president about getting diksha from a guru of your choice in ISKCON.

If he feels that you are prepared, he will recommend you for SHELTER from your choice of guru and after six months of SHELTER, you can get diksha from that guru.

But, honestly review yourself whether you will follow the rules of diksha sincerely without any violations because any serious violations will affect the health of your guru and also affect your spiritual growth.

So, decide after the thorough evaluation of yourself.

You can read this post and this post to know the procedure of getting diksha from a guru in ISKCON.

Hope you are clear.

So, stop worrying about the location of yourself and that of your guru.

Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, has decades of association with the devotees of Krishna. He is promoting many sites and he promotes this blog-website as an E-SATHSANGHA (E-FORUM) to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems faced by the devotees! In this site, he writes the friendly and practical tips for the practice of devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He has been counselling through social media and websites since the year 2011. His services are guiding more than 1,20,000 serious followers and lakhs of visiting readers! RAJAN accepts no credits for his services but dedicates all the credits to Krishna.

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