The following is from NOD that somehow was left out of the Vedabase. It is the first page of the 7th chapter.
by Rathangapani Dasa Buchert on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 7:41am
Nectar of Devotion Chapter 7, page 59
Evidence Regarding Devotional Principles. Accepting the Shelter of a Bona Fide Spiritual Master.
In the Eleventh Canto of Srimand Bhagavatam Third Chapter, verse 21 Prabuddha tells Maharaja Nimi “My dear King please know for certain that in the material world there is no happiness. It is simply a mistake to think there is happiness here, because this place is full of nothing but miserable conditions. Any person who is seriously desirous of achieving real happiness must seek out a bona fide spiritual master and take shelter of him by initiation. The qualification of a spiritual master is that he must have realized the conclusion of the scriptures by deliberation and arguments and thus be able to convince others of these conclusions. Such great personalities who have taken shelter of the Supreme Godhead leaving aside all material considerations are to be understood as bona fide spiritual masters.
Everyone should try to find such a spiritual master in order to fulfill his mission of life, which is to transfer himself to the plane of spiritual bliss.”
The purport is that ONE SHOULD NOT ACCEPT AS A SPIRITUAL MASTER SOMEONE WHO IS FOOL NUMBERONE. WHO HAS NO DIRECTION ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURAL INJUCTIONS, WHOSE CARACTER IS DOUBTFULL, WHO DOES NOT FOLLOW THE PRINICIPLES OF DEVOTIONAL SERVICE OR WHO HAS NOT CONQUERED THE INFLUENCE OF THE SIX SENSE-GRATIFING AGENTS. THE SIX AGENTS OS SENSE GRATIFICATION ARE THE TONGUE, THE GENITALS, THE BELLY, ANGER, THE MIND AND WORDS. ANYONE WHO HAS PRACTICE CONTROLLING THESE SIX IS PERMITTED TO MAKE DISCIPLES ALL OVER THE WORLD. To accept a bona fide spiritual master is the crucial point for advancement in spiritual life. One who is fortunate enough to come under the shelter of a bona fide spiritual master is sure to transverse the path of spiritual salvation with out any doubt.
PADA: Why was this citation removed?