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Question: You mentioned in the lecture that we are all like floating straws in the river, sometimes we come together as a family, sometimes we take birth elsewhere. What is the relationship between guru and disciple, if the disciple has not attained perfection and has to take birth again, will they be together?

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Jayapataka Swami: The relationship between the guru and the disciple is something like a heart to heart relationship and once I said to Srila Prabhupada, I want to serve you life after life! He said why do you want me to come back? I thought that I said the right thing! Then I said, ‘I would like to serve you, even, life after life!’ So we want the disciples to go back to the spiritual world, they should try for that. But if they are staying in this world, they would like to continue serving the guru. So there is an example where Bilvamangala Thakur, he had a relationship with a prostitute, what is her name? Cintamani. And he, you know the story, it is a long story. So she had been hearing all the tribulations he went through to see her. She said, ‘if you had a little, even a fraction of this attachment you have for my body, for Krsna, your life will be a success.’ So she directed him on the path of Krsna consciousness. So he accepted her as a siksa guru, as a vartamana pradarsaka guru. Srila Prabhupada said actually, ‘she is his guru from a previous life. She came just to save him.’ So he said, ‘don’t make me come back, as your girlfriend or something!’ Ha! Ha! So, if a disciple doesn’t get back, then somehow the guru is responsible to help that disciple to get back. So please get back! Ha! Ha! Ha!