(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 December 2017, Gold Coast, Australia, Bhagavad-gita 8.20)
We must try to properly glorify Srila Prabhupada in order to understand his unlimited spiritual potency. Srila Prabhupada was always a resident of the spiritual world. He may have been present in this material world for us, but he still resided in the spiritual world. What if I was trying to glorify Srila Prabhupada and I were to say, “At the end of his life, he went back to Godhead.” What would you say to that? (A Vaishnava replies, “Yes, I agree.”) Well, I would say to you, “What do you mean Srila Prabhupada went back to Godhead? Prabhupada actually never left Godhead. He was there all along.” So there was never a time when he was not present in the spiritual world.
There was a lecture given by one of the senior sanyasis in Vrndavan in 1980, and there were many devotees present there. This Maharaj who was giving the lecture then said that blew our minds, “Lately, I have been having some doubts. I am not sure if Srila Prabhupada went back to Godhead.” We all started thinking, “Nooo… this cannot be true that such a senior devotee would have such doubts. What kind of a lecture is this?” But then Maharaj completed his sentence, “I am not sure if Srila Prabhupada went back to Godhead. Maybe he went to another universe, to do it all over again!”