Srila Prabhupada on who is qualified to be a spiritual master

“One should not become a Spiritual Master unless he has attained the platform of uttama-adhikari.” Nectar of Instruction, Text 5, purport

“Unless one is a resident of Krishna Loka, one cannot be a Spiritual Master. That is the first proposition. A layman cannot be a Spiritual Master, and if he becomes so then he will simply create disturbance […] So to summarize the whole thing, it is to be understood that a bona fide Spiritual Master is a resident of Krishna Loka.” Srila Prabhupada Letter, June 10

“There is no possibility that a first class devotee will fall down.” Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya, 22.71

“When one has attained the topmost position of maha-bhagavata, he is to be accepted as a guru and worshiped exactly like Hari, the Personality of Godhead. Only such a person is eligible to occupy the post of a guru.” Sri Caitanya-caritamtra, Madhya-lila, 24.330, purport

“… You are correct when you say that when the Spiritual Master speaks it should be taken that Krishna is speaking. That is a fact. A Spiritual Master must be liberated…” Srila Prabhupada letter to Mukunda, June 10, 1969

“Therefore, the conclusion is that a spiritual master who is one hundred percent Krsna conscious is the bona fide spiritual master, for he can solve the problems of life.” Bhagavad-gita 2:8

“The pure devotee is always free from the clutches of Maya and her influence.” Srimad Bhagavatam 5.3.14

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