Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” John 20.29.
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. (S.P. Lecture, 13/1/69,Los Angeles.)
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So we should associate by the vibration, and not by the physical presence. That is real association. Sabdad anavrtti. By sound. Just like we are touching Krsna immediately by sound. Sound vibration. So we should give more stress on the sound vibration, either of Krsna or of the spiritual master. Then we’ll feel happy and no separation.
(S.P. Lecture, 18/8/68, Montreal.)
My Guru Maharaja used to say, “Don’t try to see a saintly person by your eyes. You see a saintly person by the ear.” Because if you hear from the saintly person and if he is speaking from the experience which he has heard from the, another saintly person–this is called guru-parampara–then the knowledge is perfect.
(S.B. Lecture 6.1.42,Los Angeles 8th June 1976.)