YES, I AM THE SPIRITUAL MASTER
OF THIS INSTITUTION,
AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY, THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE
"They follow the rules and regulations which I ask them to follow,
and they are initiated by me spiritually."
Interviewer: Now I just want to read one section here. I think you'll be able to... "The International Society for Krishna Consciousness began when Swami Bhaktivedanta arrived from India with $2 on his person, a metal suitcase full of ancient-looking books and a cotton cloth robe, colored yellow, as a sign of the renounced order of life. In India, men of his order are completely dedicated to propagating the spiritual life of a mendicant wanderer. He had wandered across the sea upon the order issued to him by his guru who told him he should prepare to go to America to teach the principles taught in the Bhagavad-gita and to translate the sixty volumes of the Srimad-Bhagavatam into English." Now, are you a guru?
Prabhupada: Yes, I am the spiritual master of this institution, and all the members of the society, they're supposed to be my disciples. They follow the rules and regulations which I ask them to follow, and they are initiated by me spiritually. So therefore the spiritual master is called guru. That is Sanskrit language.
(S.P. Radio Interview March 12, 1968, San Francisco)
Note: All the members of ISKCON [10,000 year transcendental preaching mission] they're supposed to be Srila Prabhupada's disciples. They follow his rules and regulations given in his lawbooks (mainly 16 rounds 4 regs.) and are thus initiated by him spiritually. To facilitate his disciples receiving spiritual names he established a ritvik system.