“Hereditary gurus, or spiritual masters, have been accepted everywhere since time immemorial, but Prahlada Maharaja declined to accept such a seminal guru or take instruction from him. An actual guru is shrotriya, one who has heard or received perfect knowledge through parampara, the disciplic succession.” (Shrila Prabhupada, 7.5.31 Purport)
Human beings are rational; or at least they are meant to be. Even in the person who is totally immersed in their work from day to day, week to week, and year to year, during some period of downtime there is contemplation on the meaning to it all. What do they value the most? To where do they think the individual travels in the future? From where has everything in this magnificent creation come?
To that end there could be a variety of factors that influence the belief system. Like every living being, the…
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