By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
vettha tvam saumya tat sarvam tattvatas tad-anugrahāt
brūyuh snigdhasya śisyasya guravo guhyam apy uta
[Srimad bhagavatam, Canto 1 – Chapter 1 – Verse 8]
And because you are submissive, your spiritual masters have endowed you with all the favors bestowed upon a gentle disciple. Therefore you can tell us all that you have scientifically learned from them.
The secret of success in spiritual life is in satisfying the spiritual master and thereby getting his sincere blessings. Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Thākura has sung in his famous eight stanzas on the spiritual master as follows: “I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master. Only by his satisfaction can one please the Personality of Godhead, and when he is dissatisfied there is only havoc on the path of spiritual realization.” It is essential, therefore, that a disciple be very much obedient and submissive to the bona fide spiritual master. Śrīla Sūta Gosvāmī fulfilled all these qualifications as a disciple, and therefore he was endowed with all favors by his learned and self-realized spiritual masters such as Śrīla Vyāsadeva and others. The sages of Naimisāranya were confident that Śrīla Sūta Gosvāmī was bona fide. Therefore they were anxious to hear from him.
tatra tatrānjasāyusman bhavatā yad viniścitam
pumsām ekāntatah śreyas tan nah śamsitum arhasi
[Srimad bhagavatam, Canto 1 – Chapter 1 – Verse 9]
Please, therefore, being blessed with many years, explain to us, in an easily understandable way, what you have ascertained to be the absolute and ultimate good for the people in general.
In Bhagavad-gītā, worship of the ācārya is recommended. The ācāryas and gosvāmīs are always absorbed in thought of the well-being of the general public, especially their spiritual well-being. Spiritual wellbeing is automatically followed by material well-being. The ācāryas therefore give directions in spiritual well-being for people in general. Foreseeing the incompetencies of the people in this age of Kali, or the iron age of quarrel, the sages requested that Sūta Gosvāmī give a summary of all revealed scriptures because the people of this age are condemned in every respect. The sages, therefore, inquired of the absolute good, which is the ultimate good for the people. The condemned state of affairs of the people of this age is described as follows.
[Bhaktivedanta Purport to the Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.8-9]