According to the degree of love and affection towards someone, one will experience that much separation for a person. The gopīs had so much affection for Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and that is why they felt so much separation when He went to Mathurā. We have read about the various stages of their separation in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and other scriptures. Similarly, the more one is attached to Śrīla Gurudeva’s lotus feet, the more separation one will feel in his absence.
According to how much affection you have towards your Gurudeva’s lotus feet, that much separation you will feel. You must understand that the devotee who feels separation from his guru is very elevated in bhakti, and he will soon attain the lotus feet of Śrī Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. Without Gurudeva’s mercy, this is not possible.
November 13, 2007 Govardhana