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Woman: You say you worship the deity photograph of someone who has
gone. But the photograph of a spiritual teacher can be very helpful to
teach them to love him because the photograph of a spiritual teacher
is not material value, but it symbolizes the truth from which the, he
has come.
Prabhupada: Yes. Those who are spiritually advanced, their photograph
and ordinary photograph is different
. Just like here is statue of
Krsna. He's not different from Krsna. The original person Krsna and
this statue of Krsna is the same. Similarly, a spiritually perfect
person and his photograph is the same
. Because it is in the absolute
stage. In the absolute stage there is no difference. In the material
stage there is difference. Is that clear? In the absolute stage there
is no difference. Just like we are chanting Hare Krsna. The Krsna is
the name of the Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So this
name and Krsna is nondifferent. Do you realize it? There is no
difference between Krsna who is in His supreme abode and the name
Krsna which you are chanting. That is the same. There is no
difference. This is absolute conception
. Whereas if I am thirsty and
if I call the name of water, "Water, water, water," I require the
substance water actually. Simply by calling "water" will not do. That
is the difference between matter and spirit.
   And actually, if we are not getting some spiritual enlightenment by
chanting Krsna then do you think that we are simply wasting our time?
No. We're not wasting our time. We're actually getting spiritual
ecstasy because there is no difference. But you take similarly, the
name of water or something else, what you want, that will not be
fulfilled. This is the absolute and relative conception. In the
absolute stage there is no difference, name, quality, form, pastime,
entourage, everything the same. If you chant Krsna's name it is as
good as Krsna. If you see Krsna's form it is as good as Krsna. If you
think of Krsna's activities it is as good as Krsna. This realization
is spiritual realization. Therefore a first-class devotee who is
advanced in Krsna consciousness, he sees everything Krsna. Nothing
different from Krsna. Any other questions?

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