So it really comes down to what your incomparable Root Teacher tells you. His or Her instructions are more important than "the Buddha" of Sutra, because...Siddharta Gautama isn't currently available for interview.
That's one scary thought; is this a common opinion in Vajrayana that the teacher is more important than the words of the Buddha?
Moreover your "root teacher" is a much bigger deal. Very few fortunate individuals actually have one of those in the flesh. And for them, they are no different from the Buddha.
And it's not that their words are more important, necessarily. But more immediate.
Their pith instructions are the only way you can really get a grip on the vastness of the teachings.
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