Was Bhaktivinoda Thakura a Materialist?

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.11.38 | May 23, 2005 | Acharyas, Attitudes in Devotional Service, Guru and Disciple, Philosophy

English; Salem, Tamilnadu, India

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Srila Prabhupada teaches us that one should follow the instructions strictly based on guru-sadhu-sastra (three together). The qualification of any instruction to be coming from Krsna is to be in line with guru-sadhu-sastra altogether. Srila Prabhupada also says that guru is one who speaks in line with sadhu and sastra. So one may not accept instruction of guru if it is not in line with sadhu and sastra.

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