CC Ādi 1.37
তাঁ’ সবার পাদপদ্মে কোটি নমস্কার ॥ ৩৭ ॥
tāṅ’-sabāra pāda-padme koṭi namaskāra
These six are my instructing spiritual masters, and therefore I offer millions of respectful obeisances unto their lotus feet.
By accepting the six Gosvāmīs as his instructing spiritual masters, the author specifically makes it clear that one should not be recognized as a Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava if he is not obedient to them.