1. The association of Vaisnavas, and the instructions they impart, Siksa, are the assured means of success for spiritual practitioners. This is the injunction of Sastra.
2. However, Srila Prabhupada observed that when his followers received instructions outside ISKCON, their devotional practices, for various reasons, became impaired.
3.Therefore, Srila Prabhupada directed his followers to take Siksa solely from ISKCON’s members
The scriptures, however, glorify as guru all Vaisnavas who guide a conditioned soul back to Godhead — be they instructors or initiators — advocating a culture of honor and respect. ISKCON needs to reflect upon these principles further, and the purpose of this book is to act as a catalyst toward such an end.