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yasya deve para bhaktir
yatha deve tatha gurau
tasyaite kathita hy arthah
prakasante mahatmanah
[Svetasvatara Upanisad 6.38]

[“Only unto those great souls who have implicit faith in both the Lord and the spiritual master are all the imports of Vedic knowledge are automatically revealed.”]

Transcendental knowledge becomes revealed. To whom it becomes revealed? It becomes revealed to such person who has got unflinching love for Krishna and for the spiritual master. Caitanya-caritamrta also says, guru-krsna-krpaya paya bhakti-lata-bija [Cc Madhya 19.151]. [“By the mercy of both Krsna and the spiritual master, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service.”] One can come to the spiritual perfectional stage, or come to the spiritual platform, by the mercy of Krishna and the spiritual master.

This is Vedic version: yasya deve para bhaktih. One who has got unflinching faith. Deve. Deve means the Supreme Lord. Para bhakti: transcendental devotional service to the Supreme Lord. Yatha deve tatha gurau: as he has got unflinching faith in Krishna, similarly he has got unflinching faith in the spiritual master. Tasyaite kathita hy arthah: all the Vedic literature and their purport and their meaning will be revealed to him. Tasyaite kathita hy arthah prakasante. It becomes revealed. Prakasante mahatmanah.

So, that is the secret—not erudite scholarship. One must be very much sincere. Then Krishna will give you dictation. He is within. Guru-krsna. If I am sincere and if I want to serve the Supreme Lord—the Supreme Lord is within you. He’ll give you direction: “All right. You do this. You do this. You just go to this man, and he’ll give you good counsel.” He’ll give you direction. Therefore, first mercy is of Krishna, and then the spiritual master is considered as the mercy-representation of Krishna. Krishna helps us from within and without. From within He’s helping us as the Supersoul, and from without, He’s helping us as the spiritual master.

So, Krishna is ready to help us in all ways, always, in all perfectional stages, if we are simply sincere. Para bhakti. Yasya deve para bhaktih. If you have got transcendental devotional mood, then everything will come. It does not depend on linguistic advancement or academic . . . Simply we have to develop our transcendental love and devotional service to the Supreme Lord, and then gradually He’ll give me direction. He’ll give me right direction. Everything will be all right.

—Srila Prabhupada, Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.11–12, June 10, 1969, New Vrindaban

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