“There are many examples in the scripture which tells us how we should render devotional service but there are no sufficient words to describe the relationship which evolves between the spiritual master and the disciple when the disciple renders/achieves pure devotional service. That is the greatest gift that one can get from the spiritual master is to get the gift of pure devotion.
Pure devotion to Krsna is desired even by Brahma, by Siva, by the great Rsis. But one can get that priceless gift from the spiritual master by his mercy.. that is what puts us in the inconceivable debt. Actually even if the Guru gives one spiritual instruction, one mantra in our ear, no amount of material repayment can pay for that; because material things are after all temporary.
It is like if someone gives a paper flower…like say, when some one gives a huge palatial building and in return you give a paper flower, then what is the value of that? Still there is some relative value. The paper flower is there for sometime say for few years and the building will stand for hundred years or more.
But the mantra… the spiritual seed given by the spiritual master stands forever. And any material thing has limited life so there is much greater difference. You can’t give any equable example to explain.”HH Jayapataka Swami
April 24th 1986 Malaysia