Guru and Disciple Relation is Reciprocal

Evening Darsan with Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja the 20th November 1989, Bhubaneswar.
Sent in by Murali Kṛṣṇa Swami.

Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami: dīkṣā-guru has responsibility. It is said, if the disciple goes to hell, the guru has such responsibility that he has to go to hell to deliver his disciple. Therefore the disciple should be very cautious, “Why shall I drag my guru to hell?

He is so merciful to me. I was undergoing so many species of life, revolving in the cycle of birth and death. I was put in the dark well of material existence, which is compared to a deep dark well, gham andha-kūpam. He is so kind, so merciful, he is lifting me out of that dark well, bringing me to the light.

You are Imprisoned

Exerting, exerting, exerting, he is spending gallons, and gallons of spiritual blood. It is not an easy task to take one conditioned soul out of māyā’s fort, Durgā-devī’s fort. You see. You are imprisoned, baddha-jīva, a conditioned soul, imprisoned in jail, a prison house isn’t it? The material world is the prison house of Durgā-devī. You are imprisoned here.

He Has to Spend Gallons of Spiritual Blood

Gurudeva, the spiritual master is so kind that he is taking you out, “Let me deliver one soul from here, from this prison house.” For this act he has to exert, exert so much that he has to spend gallons and gallons of spiritual blood. You should understand this thing clearly.

It is Not One Sided

However, this is not a one sided act, this is reciprocal. Guru has come from the land of Kṛṣṇa. He is very dear to Kṛṣṇa, nikuñja-yūno rati-keli-siddhyai. In Gurvaṣṭaka you chant this thing, isn’t it? He is so dear, as he has come from that land with a rope. Do you know what that rope is?

Devotee: No.

No Slackness

Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami: You don’t know? . . . (laughing) Do you know? That rope is kṛṣṇa-prema-bhakti-sūtra. Sūtra means rope. Kṛṣṇa-prema-bhakti is sūtra, the rope. One end of that rope is tied to the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa and the other end guru has in his hand. He comes down from that land to this material world and he puts that rope down into the deep dark well. You are there in the dark well and Gurudeva says, “You Mr X, catch hold of this rope very tightly. No slackness should be there. I’ll pull you up.” You understand? Your business is to catch hold of it very tightly, no slackness.

The Rope is

Strictly Following the Instructions of Sri Guru

This rope is strictly following the instructions of your guru. Then guru can pull you out. If there will be the slightest disobedience, slightest slackness, then you will fall down. Guru exerted so much. You made him exert so much, but you fell down. What a great shock you have given to your guru. Don’t you ever think of that? Can’t you think of it? You should be conscious of this, but you have no such consciousness. Do you understand me? Hah? So this is reciprocal, it is not one sided.

Śrīla Gurudeva Ki Jaya!