Can the Guru Guide Us After His Departure?
(Click to enlarge photo of Srila Prabhupada, San Francisco, 1975)

Indian lady: Can the death of a spiritual master take to us, or I can get... Is that spiritual master still guiding us after the death?

Prabhupāda: Yes, yes. Just like Kṛṣṇa is guiding us, similarly, spiritual master will guide. We are being guided by Kṛṣṇa, by the Bhagavad-gītā. Although Kṛṣṇa is not physically present, so-called... Kṛṣṇa is present always.

But even if we say that Kṛṣṇa is not physically present as He was present before Arjuna, still, His book, Bhagavad-gītā, is there. And that Bhagavad-gītā is nondifferent from Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa's teaching, the same, absolute. That is Absolute Truth. Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa's... Here form, the same.

It is not that we are making show of offering Kṛṣṇa some food. No. We are offering directly to Kṛṣṇa, and He's eating. Kṛṣṇa, being absolute, He can perform through anything, provided we are sincere and serious.

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, London, September 3, 1971)

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