bhayam dvitiyabhinivesatah syad
isad apetasya viparyayo ’smrtih
tan-mayayato budha abhajet tam
bhaktyaikayesam guru-devatatma
(srimad-Bhagavatam 11.2.37)
Fear arises when a living entity misidentifies himself as the material body because of absorption in the external, illusory energy of the Lord, called maya. When the living entity thus turns away from the Supreme Lord, he also forgets his own constitutional position as a servant of the Lord. Therefore, an intelligent person should engage
unflinchingly in the unalloyed devotional service of the Lord, under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master, whom he should accept as his worshipable deity and as his very life and soul.

By the association of Vaisnavas we can have a very pure guru - a sad-guru (a self-realized guru). If we take shelter in his lotus feet, he will take full charge of our lives. He will take all kinds of responsibility for our lives and he will teach how to do devotional service to Krsna. Guru-devatatma. First, we must think that guru is our atma, our life and soul. Being totally surrendered to him, we must depend solely on him. Tan abhajet. Tan means the Supreme Lord, Krsna. If we serve Krsna under the guidance of sad-guru, then certainly, like magic, we will be out of maya.

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