As they were at the right time in the right place, Srila Prabhupada’s disciples were offered a unique opportunity to hear from and speak to Srila Prabhupada directly; Srila Prabhupada’s disciples are unique. If they truly used this unique momentum to come into the association of the most intimate servant of the Supreme Lord, will be clearly demonstrated to the degree they are serving His vani, His instructions how to conduct and spread Krsna consciousness.
Ideally the Vaisnava etiquette commands respect to senior Vaisnavas….provided one is senior in knowledge, realization and…one is indeed a Vaisnava. They are enough of old fools in this world.
To be Srila Prabhupada’s disciple is not a blanco cheque with open credit. As any valid credit card must be backed up by valid currency, so to be a Srila Prabhupada’s disciple must be authorized by His Divine Grace. It is not a ritualistic automatic status; it is a challenge to qualify oneself in Srila Prabhupada’s eyes. A man trying to pay with an invalid credit card will have to soon or later face the fact that he is bankrupt.