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"A scholarly brahmana expert in all subjects of Vedic knowledge is unfit to become a spiritual master without being a Vaishnava, but if a person born in a family of a lower caste is a Vaishnava, he can become a spiritual master."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.20.1

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "Bali Maharaja Surrenders the Universe." Despite knowing that Lord Vamanadeva was cheating him, Bali Maharaja gave everything to the Lord in charity, and thus the Lord extended His body and assumed a gigantic form as Lord Vishnu..]

TRANSLATION

Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said: O King Pariksit, when Bali Maharaja was thus advised by his spiritual master, Sukracarya, his family priest, he remained silent for some time, and then, after full deliberation, he replied to his spiritual master as follows.

PURPORT (excerpt):

…Anyone who is supposed to be a guru but who goes against the principle of vishnu-bhakti cannot be accepted as guru. If one has falsely accepted such a guru, one should reject him. Such a guru is described as follows (Mahabharata, Udyoga 179.25):

guror apy avaliptasya
karyakaryam ajanatah
utpatha-pratipannasya
parityago vidhiyate

Srila Jiva Gosvami has advised that such a useless guru, a family priest acting as guru, should be given up, and that the proper, bona fide guru should be accepted.


sat-karma-nipuno vipro
mantra-tantra-visaradah
avaisnavo gurur na syad
vaisnavah svapaco guruh

A scholarly brahmana expert in all subjects of Vedic knowledge is unfit to become a spiritual master without being a Vaishnava, but if a person born in a family of a lower caste is a Vaishnava, he can become a spiritual master.” (Padma Purana)

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