Devotee: Are we are supposed to see all of our spiritual master’s godbrothers as his equals?
Śrīla Gaura Govinda Svāmī: We should see the godbrothers of our spiritual master as good as guru. We pay respect; we are not the judge.
Devotee: Sometimes different gurus differ in their instructions. How can we understand that?
Śrīla Gaura Govinda Svāmī: Yes, they may differ. Different opinions are there.
Jīva Gosvāmī sometimes says one thing and Śrīdhara Svāmī something else, and then Viśvanātha Cakravārtī again says another thing. That is always there. But the philosophy is not polluted. They never deviate with philosophy. But opinions are there. They are very elevated ācāryas. They have their own vision, their own realization. They sometimes give different opinions, but that is not harmful.
Devotee: In our case, with any instruction any guru may give, we must be careful to be sure that they are in line with Śrīla Prabhupāda’s desire.
Śrīla Gaura Govinda Svāmī: Yes, they must be in line with our gauḍīya-vaiṣṇava-dhārā. They must not contradict the philosophy of Mahāprabhu. Then it is all right.
— Śrīla Gaura Govinda Svāmī Mahārāja
The Process of Inquiry, (Gopal Jiu Publications, Bhubaneswar India 1998)
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