T here are a number of prayers offered to the guru expressing how he is the storehouse of kṛṣṇa-prema. Prema is the goal of our life. We are worshippers of prema. In worshipping prema, we must experience it from time to time. But sometimes prema, or Kṛṣṇa, eludes us and He hides Himself. But nonetheless, prema is always the goal of our life in Kṛṣṇa consciousness – prema-pumārtho mahān. Mahāprabhu told that the ultimate goal of life is to attain love of Kṛṣṇa. That which is the goal must be worshippable, it must be adorable by us. We must worship that conception. It is true – a disciple must always be fixed in the goal. He has guru-niṣṭhā – that means fixed in the goal. In that way, the guru is steeped in prema – always focusing on the goal to love Kṛṣṇa.
Sometimes people ask, “Have you experienced kṛṣṇa-prema?”
And I tell them, “Oh yes! I have experienced kṛṣṇa-prema.”
And of course, they say, “Oh my God! Could there be a more puffed-up person than this? He is sitting here and saying he has experienced kṛṣṇa-prema? How is it possible?”
Then I tell them, “Yes! Whenever I came to take darśana of Śrīla Prabhupāda, then I experienced kṛṣṇa-prema. He is himself a storehouse, a volcano, and ocean of that prema! And when coming close to that, some small ’spray’ of that nectar comes to us, and we experience that.”
And also I found that in the darśana of Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja, in the darśana of Akiñcana Kṛṣna Dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja, in the darśana of Śrīla Bhakti Pramoda Purī Mahārāja – and I found that they are absorbed in the ocean of that prema. But we may come in connection with some drops of nectar, some cool refreshing breeze from the shore of that ocean. That reestablishes that THIS is the goal of our life!