Abhirāma dāsa: Is it the correct understanding that when one accepts a śikṣā-guru, he is still serving his dīkṣā-guru in his heart and mind through the instructions of the śikṣā-guru? My question is this: Does one receive from the śikṣā-guru instructions on how to preach, where to preach, and with whom to preach? Or does he always follow those instructions he received from the dīkṣā-guru?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Both. If the śikṣā-guru is present and the dīkṣā-guru is not, you can take the śikṣā-guru’s advice.
Brajanātha dāsa: You always say that the śikṣā-guru should not be less than the dīkṣā-guru.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: No, no. He will be in the same mood as your dīkṣā-guru, and favorable to your dīkṣā-guru. If he has an opposing idea, he cannot be your śikṣā-guru. If he criticizes your dīkṣā-guru and does not have affection for him, he cannot be your śikṣā-guru.
Indubhūṣaṇa dāsa: Śrī Kṛṣṇa performs miraculous pastimes in Vṛndāvana. Why doesn’t anybody there know that He is God?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: This is due to Kṛṣṇa’s yogamāyā-śakti. Kṛṣṇa has a very powerful potency, known as yogamāyā. We cannot even imagine in what ways and to what extent she is inconceivable. Even Kṛṣṇa forgets His supremacy under her influence, and so do Mother Yaśodā and all other residents of Vṛndāvana. But sometimes, for instance when Kṛṣṇa lifted Girirāja Govardhana, some of the Vrajavāsīs may have thought, “Oh, who is He? No ordinary person can do this. He must be a demigod, or something like that.”
[Excerpted from the Gaudiya Vedanta Publication “Walking With a Saint 2008”]