Does the Guru have to be Physically Present?

…”What we have heard from the Spiritual Master, that is living.”

Paramananda:
We’re always feeling your presence very strongly, Srila Prabhupada, simply by your teachings and your instructions. We’re always meditating on your instructions.

Srila Prabhupada:
Thank you. That is the real presence. Physical presence is not important.

“But always remember that I am always with you. As you are always thinking of me, I am always thinking of you also. Although physically we are not together, we are not separated spiritually. So we should be concerned only with this spiritual connection.”

Does the Guru have to be physically present?
Quotes by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

“Physical presence is immaterial. Presence of the transcendental sound received from the Spiritual Master should be the guidance of life. That will make our spiritual life successful. If you feel very strongly about my absence you may place my pictures on my sitting places and this will be source of inspiration for you.”
(SP Letter to Brahmananda and other students, 19/1/67)

“But always remember that I am always with you. As you are always thinking of me, I am always thinking of you also. Although physically we are not together, we are not separated spiritually. So we should be concerned only with this spiritual connection.”
(SP Letter to Gaurasundara, 13/11/69) 

“So we should associate by vibration, and not by the physical presence. That is real association.” 
(SP Lectures SB, 18/08/68) 

“There are two conceptions, the physical conception and the vibrational conception. The physical conception is temporary. The vibrational conception is eternal.[…] When we feel separation from Krishna or the Spiritual Master, we should just try to remember their words or instructions, and we will no longer feel that separation. Such association with Krishna and the Spiritual Master should be association by vibration not physical presence. That is real association.”
(Elevation to Krishna Consciousness, chapter 4) 

“Although according to material vision His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarsavati Thakura Prabhupada passed away from this material world on the last day of December 1936, I still consider his Divine Grace to be always present with me by his vani, his words. There are two ways of association – by vani and by vapuh. Vani means words and vapuh means physical presence. Physical presence is sometimes appreciable and sometimes not, but vani continues to exist eternally. Therefore, one must take advantage of the vani, not the physical presence.”
(C.c. Antya, concluding words) 

“Therefore we should take advantage of the vani, not the physical presence.”
(SP Letter to Suci Devi Dasi, 4/11/75) 

“I shall remain your personal guidance, physically present or not physically present, as I am getting guidance from my Guru Maharaja.”
(SP Room Conversation, Vrindavan, 14/7/77) 

“It is sometimes misunderstood that if one has to associate with persons engaged in devotional service, he will not be able to solve the economic problem. To answer this argument, it is described here that one has to associate with liberated persons not directly, physically, but by understanding, through philosophy and logic, the problems of life.”
(SB 3:31:48 purport) 

“I am always with you. Never mind if I am physically absent.”
(SP Letter to Jayananda, 16/9/67)

Paramananda:
We’re always feeling your presence very strongly, Srila Prabhupada, simply by your teachings and your instructions. We’re always meditating on your instructions.

Srila Prabhupada:
Thank you. That is the real presence. Physical presence is not important.
(SP Room Conversation, Vrndavana, 6/10/77)

“You write that you have desire to avail of my association again, but why do you forget that you are always in association with me? When you are helping my missionary activities I am always thinking of you, and you are always thinking of me . That is real association. Just like I am always thinking of my Guru Maharaja at every moment, although he is not physically present, and because I am trying to serve him to my best capacity, I am sure he is helping me by his spiritual blessings. So there are two kinds of association: physical and preceptorial. Physical association is not so important as preceptorial association.”
(SP Letter to Govinda Dasi, 18/8/69) 

“As far as my blessing is concerned, it does not require my physical presence. If you are chanting Hare Krishna there, and following my instructions, reading the books, taking only Krishna prasadam etc., then there is no question of your not receiving the blessings of Lord Caitanya, whose mission I am humbly trying to push on.”
(SP Letter to Bala Krishna, 30/6/74) 

“Anyone who has developed unflinching faith in the Lord and the Spiritual Master can understand the revealed scripture unfolding before him”. So continue your present aptitude and you will be successful in your spiritual progress. I am sure that even if I am not physically present before you, still you will be able to execute all spiritual duties in the matter of Krishna Consciousness, if you follow the above principles.”
(SP Letter to Subala, 29/9/67) 

“So although a physical body is not present, the vibration should be accepted as the presence of the Spiritual Master, vibration. What we have heard from the Spiritual Master, that is living.”
(SP Letter, 13/01/69, Los Angeles) 

Devotee:
…so sometimes the Spiritual Master is far away. He may be in Los Angeles. Somebody is coming to Hamburg Temple. He thinks “How will the Spiritual Master be pleased?”

Srila Prabhupada:
Just follow his order, Spiritual Master is along with you by his words. Just like my Spiritual Master is not physically present, but I am associating with him by his words.
(SP Lectures, 18/08/71)

“Just like I am working, so my Guru Maharaja is there, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati. Physically he may not be, but in every action he is there. To serve master’s word is more important than to serve physically.”
(SP Room Conversation, Vrindavan, 2/5/77) 

“So that is called prakata, physically present. And there is another phrase, which is called aprakata, not physically present. But that does not mean, Krishna is dead or God is dead. That does not mean, prakata or aprakata, physically present or not present, it does not matter.”
(SP Lectures 11/12/73, Los Angeles) 

“So, spiritually, there is no question of separation, even physically we may be in far distant place.”
(SP Letter to Syama Dasi, 30/08/68) 

“I went to your country for spreading this information of Krishna Consciousness and you are helping me in my mission, although I am not physically present there but spiritually I am always with you.”
(SP Letter to Nandarani, Krishna Devi and Subala, 3/10/67) 

“We are not separated actually. There are two – Vani or Vapuh – so Vapu is physical presence and Vani is presence by the vibration, but they are all the same.”
(SP Letter to Hamsadutta, 22/6/70) 

“So in the absence of physical presentation of the spiritual master, the vaniseva is more important. My Spiritual Master Sarsavati Goswami, may appear to be physically not present, but still because I try to serve his instruction, I never feel separated from him.”
(SP Letter to Karandhara, 22/8/70) 

“I also do not feel separation from my Guru Maharaja. When I am engaged in his service, his pictures give me sufficient strength. To serve master’s word is more important than to serve him physically.”
(SP Letter to Syamasundara, 19/7/70)

 Recently I ran across this collection of Srila Prabhupada Vani at the Krishna Store. So as a service to our readers I have added this link and product information. Hare Krishna!

Srila Prabhupada MP3 Audio Library — Now on 3 DVDs!

This new 3-DVD MP3 set contains all the lectures, conversations and music CDs ever released of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousnes (ISKCON), plus some additional bonus materials that has never been released.

Price: $29.95 $18.49
Author: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Format: 3 DVD-ROM’s

For the 1st time on MP3 DVD-9 audio Archives of Srila Prabhupada!

This 3-DVD MP3 set contains all the lectures, conversations and music CDs ever released of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousnes (ISKCON), plus some additional bonus materials that has never been released.

3 MP3 DVD-9s containing over 1,200 hours of Srila Prabhupada’s lectures, classes, morning walks, room conversations, and discussions and more than 100 hours of bhajans in MP3 Format.

This much improved release of the Prabhupada MP3 Audio Library, digitally remastered, provides a significant improvement in audio quality. You will hear Srila Prabhupada more clearly than ever before. All MP3 files have also been digitally enhanced to remove static and improve audio quality. These are the best quality audio recordings of Srila Prabhupada ever.

Improvements include:
•Greatly improved audio quality
•More than 200 new audio programs not released previously on MP3
•The entire music collections featuring more than 40 Music CDs of Srila Prabhupada including never release bhajans.
•Digital remastering has practically eliminated tape hiss
•New tags make finding what you want to play easy

Easy to find classes, morning walks, etc: All classes are listed together with, for example, all Bhagavad-gita classes together sorted by verse number. Also all morning walks are listed together. Many devotees like to listen to the morning walks but previously this was difficult as they were mixed up with everything else on other MP3 sets and the original tapes. With this set all the morning walks are listed together with the description, date and location clearly listed in the file name. One simply has to click on the file name to play. So it is very easy to find and play what you are looking for both on a computer or a portable MP3 player.

Full ID3 File Information: For easy playing access, all folders come with content listing as PDF file. Simply click on the desired title and the desired audio will start playing.

Archive contents include:
Disk One Includes:
Bhagavad Gita
Bonus Lectures
Festivals
General Lectures
Hindi
Interviews
Isopanisad
Krishna Book Dictation
Morning Walk Conversations
Public Address
Sri Caitanya Caritamrita

Disk Two Includes:
High Quality Bonus Lectures
Nectar of Devotion
Room Conversations
Srila Prabhupada Tells Stories
Srimad Bhagavatam

Disk 3: Complete Music Includes:

The Gold Series:
CD01-Krishna Meditations
CD02-Hare Krishna Classics
CD03-Songs of the Spiritual Masters
CD04-Sri Brahma Samhita
CD05-Prabhupada Bhajans
CD06-Godess of Fortune
CD07-Vibhavari sesa
CD08-Dasavatara
CD09-Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna
CD10-Sri Sri Guruvastakam
CD11-Sri Sri Siksastakam
CD12-Hare Krishna Maha Mantra
CD13-Gauranga Bhajan
CD14-Nitai-Pada-Kamala
CD15-Cintamani – Lost Kirtans 1977
CD16-Dr. Misra’s Ashram NY 1965

Sadhana Series:
CDS1-Japa
CDS2-Japa with Shehnai
CDS3 -Mridanga Lessons
CDS4 -Reciting Bg Ch. 1 – 11.27
CDS5-Reciting Cc Adi-lila Ch. 7

Vintage Series:
CDV01-Bhajahu Re Mana
CDV02 -Dusta Mane
CDV03-Kiba Jaya Jaya
CDV04-Hare Krishna Bhajana
CDV05-Sri Caitanya Krishna
CDV06-Vande ‘Ham
CDV07-Prayers by Queen Kunti
CDV08-Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu
CDV09-Jiv Jago
CDV10-Bhaktisiddhanta
CDV11-Parama Karuna
CDV12-Gaurangera Bolite Habe
CDV13-Sri Krishna Caitanya
CDV14-Sri Dasavatara-stotra
CDV10-Ceto Darpana Marjanam
CDV16-Hari Hari Bifale
CDV17-Radha-Krishna Bol
CDV18-King Kulashekar
CDV19-Nrsimha Prayers
CDV20 -Gurvastakam & Kirtan
CDV21-Bhaja Bhakata Vatsala
CDV22-Gurvastakam & Kirtan
CDV23-Gurvastakam & Parama Karuna
CDV24-Visnujana & Prabhupada
CDV25-Udilo Aruna
CDV26-Brahma Samhita

Available online at; click on link Krishna Store


Prabhupada Vani Samadhi DVD-ROM

Original Transcripts of Prabhupada’s Lectures and Conversations

The Prabhupada Vani Samadhi DVD-ROM is a copy of a microfiche archive of the Bhaktivedanta Archives collection of typed and hand written transcriptions of Srila Prabhupada’s lectures and conversations. It was produced in 1983 in a few copies only on microfiche. It contains 38,085 original scanned pages and is organized by year and month starting from November 1966 and ending in November 1977. We are presenting this ‘as it is’ and have preserved it on a commercially produced DVD-ROM so this important historical record of the teachings of Srila Prabhuapda is saved for the future.

Price: $9.95 $5.95
Author: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Format: DVD-ROM

Available Online at; click on link Krishna Store

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