Lesson 5 Guru-Padacharya


To nurture within students, early in their spiritual progress, a deep and authentic devotional relationship with Srila Prabhupada, as the Founder-acarya and principle shiksa-guru of ISKCON and with their respective diksha and shiksha gurus.


By the end of the lesson students should be able to:

  • Explain the meaning of the terms ‘guru-padashraya’ and ‘Prabhupada-ashraya’
  • Discuss methods for, and benefits of, developing a deep devotional relationship with Srila Prabhupada from the beginning of one’s spiritual life.
  • Evaluate the effect that regular study of Srila Prabhupada books play in regard to developing a deep relationship with him.
  • Cite the current guidelines, for new devotees joining ISKCON, in regard taking shelter of Srila Prabhupada.
  • Discuss the relationship between ashraya of one’s current or prospective diksha and shiksa gurus and ashraya of Srila Prabhupada.
  • Give relevant reference to the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and the broader Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition