I have heard people say, “I am your senior,” but seniority in devotional service does not necessarily mean the number of years that one has served in Srila Prabhupada’s mission. A senior devotee implies one who is aligning himself/herself with the teachings of sastra, sadhus, and the guru. If someone is breaking the ‘principles of freedom,’ he/she cannot claim to be a senior Vaisnava.

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