By Sripad Bhaktivedanta Madhava Maharaja
Guru-sevā is the backbone of bhajana, or devotional absorption. Whoever wants to enter into the realm of bhajana must first dedicate his life to the service of a bona fide guru. Such a guru will never consider the disciple to be his or her own property. Rather, he will consider the disciple to belong to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and the Divine Couple, Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. He will transfer the disciple's attachment and dedication to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. Whoever reads this work, will obtain a clear conception of the subject of the guru in Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava thought. For those eager to attain bhakti, this book is therefore a lighthouse that guides the aspirant to spiritual perfection. Without guru-sevā, no one can advance in Kṛṣṇa consciousness.