Smart Quote of the Day, October 1, 2020

“One should have complete faith in the guru, who helps the disciple make progress in spiritual life. As soon as the disciple thinks independently, not caring for the instructions of the spiritual master, he is a failure…”

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.17.1

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, “The Supreme Lord Agrees to Become Aditi’s Son.” It describes how the Supreme Personality of Godhead was pleased by the payo-vrata ceremony performed by Aditi, and how He appeared before her in full opulence. At Aditi’s request, the Lord agreed to become her son.]

TRANSLATION

Sukadeva Gosvami said: O King, after Aditi was thus advised by her husband, Kasyapa Muni, she strictly followed his instructions without laziness and in this way performed the payo-vrata ritualistic ceremony.

PURPORT:

For advancement in anything, especially in spiritual life, one must strictly follow the bona fide instructions of the teacher. Aditi did this. She strictly followed the instructions of her husband and guru.

As confirmed in the Vedic injunctions, yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve tatha gurau. One should have complete faith in the guru, who helps the disciple make progress in spiritual life. As soon as the disciple thinks independently, not caring for the instructions of the spiritual master, he is a failure …

Aditi very strictly followed the instructions of her husband and spiritual master, and thus she was successful.

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