The mercy of Śrī Guru
yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādo
yasyāprasādān na gatiḥ kuto ’pi
dhyāyaṁ stuvaṁs tasya yaśas tri-sandhyaṁ
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam (8)
"Only by the mercy of Śrī Guru can one receive the mercy of Kṛṣṇa; without his grace the living entities cannot make any advancement nor be delivered. Meditating three times a day on the glories of Śrī Guru and offering stava-stuti, I offer prayers unto his lotus feet."
The mercy of guru is the mercy of Kṛṣṇa. There is no difference. Kṛṣṇa is merciful; Śrī Guru is merciful. But all the mercy of Kṛṣṇa is in the body of Śrī Guru. Therefore, he is more merciful than Kṛṣṇa. He can come to us, he can give classes to us, he can love us and he can save us. Kṛṣṇa will not come. He will send this guru. Kṛṣṇa’s mercy is that He will send a very qualified guru. A guru is Kṛṣṇa’s mercy. The mercy of Kṛṣṇa is not independent. It is dependent upon the mercy of Śrī Guru and Vaiṣṇavas. Understand? Not only Śrī Guru, but all the Vaiṣṇavas and rūpānuga-vaiṣṇavas are gurus. All are qualified like this. They can take the mercy of Kṛṣṇa and control, and by control they may give it to others.
Kṛṣṇa cannot do the same. He has empowered Śrī Guru to do so. Kṛṣṇa’s mercy is dependent upon the mercy of Śrī Guru and Vaiṣṇavas. If sometimes Kṛṣṇa is unhappy or angry, and He is not showering His mercy, then Śrī Guru can pray to Him and His mercy maybe attained. On the other hand, if Śrī Guru is unhappy, Kṛṣṇa cannot do anything.
Meditation Center, Germany
3 December 2000 (a.m.)