“I learned from him that we should associate with devotees who are more bona fide and advanced than ourselves. We should honor them. We should see that all devotees are in one family, Lord Caitanya’s family. If we do not think in this way, we cannot be devotees. We should think that we are in one family, and there are so many hands. Krsna, Sri Caitanya Mahaaprabhu, and Srila Svami Maharaja have thousands and thousands of hands, and we should honor all their hands; we should honor all those who are chanting the name. I heard him say that those who are chanting the holy name, even if they have not taken initiation, should also be honored. Those who have taken initiation and are chanting should be more honored. And those who are maha-bhagavata should be served by all means. Srila Svami Maharaja has written all this in his translations. So I pray that those who were initiated by Srila Svami Maharaja be very broadminded. They should know that I am actually the first disciple of Srila Svami Maharaja, from before ISKCON was founded.” — Srila Gurudeva

Their Lasting Relation - Śrīla Gurudeva
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