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"The effect of Krishna Consciousness is that,
one is no longer afraid of the material difficulties that
come alone one's way while rendering service to Krishna."
— Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami
Chapter 09, Page 162, Spiritual Connection Book
When we look at the word - Disciple and who can be a disciple, the first thing that comes to the mind is abhimāna. The word abhimāna means our mentality, our thoughts, our behaviour, our attitude. Abhimāna means what is pre-dominating our consciousness for a particular object. So what is the predominant thought of a devotee to be qualified as a disciple?
In a general sense, everyone or anyone can be a disciple. Anyone can be a disciple provided we have made our choice to accept some level of discipline in our life, one can be a disciple. But if you want to go into detail, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam mentioned (11.3.21) tasmād guruṁ prapadyeta jijñāsuḥ śreya uttamam that is a disciple.
Now we want to look at Śrīla Prabhupāda as the pre-eminent śikṣā guru of ISKCON. First of all, if you said ISKCON, when you say ISKCON, the first thing that comes to the mind is Prabhupāda. Without Prabhupāda there is no ISKCON and when you say Prabhupāda, you say ISKCON. He is the pre-eminent śikṣā guru. Prabhupāda remained the guru for anyone in Krishna consciousness, anyone who is practising Krishna Consciousness, Śrīla Prabhupāda is automatically the spiritual master. How is that done? Any ISKCON temple you walk into, the first thing you are going to see is Śrīla Prabhupāda sitting in the temple on his vyāsa-āsana and his title is clearly written—His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swāmi Prabhupāda, Founder Ācārya, International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Everybody can see that.
Last year in Mayapur, the senior devotees, they came together. The gurus, sanyasis, the GBCs, the BBT and we had a meeting. In the meeting we were given two assignments – one was all of us should look for one question that we will ask to Śrīla Prabhupāda and that question should be universal. So a question that will benefit everyone. So it was easy, everybody went into it. Everyone was looking for what is that one question that, we would like to ask Śrīla Prabhupāda and the answer will be beneficial for the whole world. So we got some questions. Now, the second part was very difficult for some, and the question was now we should ask Śrīla Prabhupāda our question but how will we get an answer?