“Sometimes Prabhupada gives an example that when the spiritual master is present and giving a class and disciple is thinking of something else, so even though the spiritual master is present he is not taking full shelter. And if some one when guru is not present and feeling separation from his spiritual master then they may be more closely united to the guru than the one who may be present with the guru but thinking something else.
So we take the opportunity when the spiritual master is present to service, to take more association, to get attached so that when he is not present we feel his separation and really focused that is the procedure for taking full shelter. Sometimes Prabhupada also appreciated that there are disciples who plan on the road to be with Prabhupada but he said disciple who are taking responsibility for me, they are actually more close. So if we take some of the burden of the spiritual master and to help him in securing some kind of service, some responsibility we are becoming closer to the spiritual master.
Often Maharaj said that we should take shelter and that is also a procedure to take shelter; chant pranam mantra and offer all your service to Krishna through the spiritual master. Then we actually thing we are doing offering to Krishna through Guru and parampara.
Then while we are taking initiation; taking instruction; serving the guru; following his instructions. Sometime the guru is helped by different siksa gurus. In that way there is help from different ways to the spiritual master.”HH Jayapataka Swami
Lecture in Italy
August 20th, 2005