One must follow directions of the spiritual master 100%.
When we are children, innocent, we have no bad habits, but as we grow and associate with bad company, we also acquire all these bad habits. To give up all these bad habits means we have to associate with sadhus or devotees, saintly persons. Then we can give it up. This is called 'Anartha-nivritti', means giving up all unwanted bad habits. — Conversation, Mexico, 11th Feb, 1975.
Pure devotees of Lord are associates of Lord. To associate means to surrender unto them and surrender means to follow their instructions.
Just as the standard of money is not currency like the dollar, yen, or ruble, but gold, so rasa is the standard of realization of the Absolute.
A rich person utilizes his wealth in entertainment, but a devotee utilizes it to worship the deity of the Lord.
Ordinary knowledge obtained by a university education pertains only to matter. Knowledge means knowing the distinction between spirit and matter. In modern education there is no knowledge about spirit; they are simply taking care of the material elements and bodily needs.
The gigantic industrial enterprises are products of a godless civilization, and they cause the destruction of the noble aims of human life.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.40,