(*Click on photo to see a larger image of Srila Prabhupada in New York City.)
"Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has sung, krsna se tomara, krsna dite para, tomara sakati ache. In this song, Bhaktivinoda Thakura describes that a pure Vaisnava, as the proprietor of Krishna and love of Krishna, can deliver both to anyone and everyone he likes. Therefore to get Krishna and love of Krishna one must seek the mercy of pure devotees. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura also says, yasyaprasadad bhagavata-prasado yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto'pi: 'By the mercy of the spiritual master one is benedicted by the mercy of Krishna. Without the grace of the spiritual master one cannot make any advancement.' By the grace of a Vaisnava or bona fide spiritual master one can get both love of Godhead, Krishna, and Krishna Himself."