– Srila Gurudeva Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswami Maharaja, 24 Sept 2000

“There should be no hopelessness. This sense of hopelessness is the cause of downfall. If gurudeva chastises us, we should simply think how to please him more — not that we become hopeless.

For some period of time my Gurudeva appeared to be not satisfied with anything. What did I do? I always engaged in doing a great deal of service, so that he would become happy. So don’t be hopeless. Think, “It is for my betterment.” Gurudeva has no self-interest. You should think, “My Gurudeva is so much more intelligent than me. He is most intelligent. He is my well-wisher and friend.”

If a bona fide guru chastises a disciple, it is for the betterment of that disciple — for the development of his bhakti.”