Two things are very important – a very mature and honest understanding of the dangers and sufferings of material existence and faith that the holy name of God has descended to give us supreme shelter.
Oh dear Lord, Let those who misrepresent you not disturb my faith in those who represent you properly.
If you have faith that the soul is the eternal servent of Krishna, then you will have no more misery.
The influence of a pure devotee is such that if someone comes to associate with him with a little faith, one gets the chance of hearing about the Lord from authoritative scriptures like Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.
There are many societies and associations of pure devotees and if someone with just a little faith begins to associate with such societies, his advancement to pure devotional service is rapid.
Faith in Guru with no faith in his disciples is an illusion.