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A foolish person who manufactures his own ways and means through mental

speculation and does not recognize the authority of the sages who lay down

unimpeachable directions is simply unsuccessful again and again in his





At the present moment it has become fashionable to disobey the unimpeachable

directions given by the acaryas and liberated souls of the past. Presently

people are so fallen that they cannot distinguish between a liberated soul

and a conditioned soul. A conditioned soul is hampered by four defects: he

is sure to commit mistakes, he is sure to become illusioned, he has a

tendency to cheat others, and his senses are imperfect. Consequently we have

to take direction from liberated persons. This Krsna consciousness movement

directly receives instructions from the Supreme Personality of Godhead via

persons who are strictly following His instructions. Although a follower may

not be a liberated person, if he follows the supreme, liberated Personality

of Godhead, his actions are naturally liberated from the contamination of

the material nature. Lord Caitanya therefore says: "By My order you may

become a spiritual master." One can immediately become a spiritual master by

having full faith in the transcendental words of the Supreme Personality of

Godhead and by following His instructions. Materialistic men are not

interested in taking directions from a liberated person, but they are very

much interested in their own concocted ideas, which make them repeatedly

fail in their attempts. Because the entire world is now following the

imperfect directions of conditioned souls, humanity is completely



>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.18.5

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