The Universal Principle of Guru
Shortcut of text from Swami B. A. Paramadvaiti
By the will of the Lord, pure devotees may differ with
each other, but they always emphasize the same siddhanta.
According to our siddhanta the guru or acarya position
is a post which can be occupied by any pure transparent
devotee. In case any doubt arises, only guru, sastra
and sadhu can clear the way. In an institution there
may be a successor acarya, who inherits the particular
mandir and government registration from his guru,
but never can anybody inherit the transparency or
capacity to represent the highest bhakti sidhanta.
That will depend on his realization alone. But for
the sake of sanity in vaisnava relationships we have
to admit that the disciples of different gurus will
all see their guru as the expressive representative
of God sent to them and thus the most merciful one
for them. Whoever cannot agree to that and tries to
overemphasize his own guru to the degree of deriding
someone else's guru, claiming that his guru has some
extraordinary claim or institution to monopolize the
guru position, is really far away from the siddhanta.
Gurus, or their disciples who teach that type of sectarianism
rather give a bad name to their own guru and will eventually
be rejected. Therefore it is wrong to consider the
body or the past life of any contributing agent of
our sampradaya to resolve our problems. Truth must
be the only consideration. This is valid in mathematics
as well as in defining the purity of gold. A superior
mathematician is recognized by his ability to resolve
problems others could not resolve and a jeweler will
have to prove his capacity to recognize the types
of gold to avoid going broke.
When we face problems we need a superior guide, a guide who can resolve the conflicts by his wisdom and sidhanta. We don't need screaming authorities who's credentials are vaisnava aparadhas, gossip, smokescreening, diplomacy or distorted and misrepresented quotes of our gurudeva.