Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj is everything to his devotees. He is the revealer of the Dham and without him, we do not have the capacity to comprehend anything. Without the presence of Sri Guru, all is indeed void, as mentioned in Sri Guru and His Grace:
All has vanished with his departure. Such a deep sense of separation will come in the heart of a sincere disciple.
To a disciple, his Guru's position is supreme, even more than God. This is said in the Scriptures. The Guru is more near and dear to us than God Himself. God has many things to deal with, but Guru is concerned only with my welfare.
Without Srila Govinda Maharaj present in Nabadwip the sunshine itself has left with him, and the devotees must cling to the service they have as their means of spiritual nourishment. In Sri Guru and His Grace we are reminded that:
We worship the time, land, the place, the paraphernalia of Krishna. Anything in connection with Krishna is chinmaya, transcendental. The paraphernalia of Krishna is worthy of our worship. In fact, we shall have to honour Krishna's paraphernalia even more than Krishna Himself. That is the clue to success. Krishna's abode, his paraphernalia, and his devotees have a relationship with Krishna, Krishna-sambandha. They are Krishna's devotees, and He is at their disposal. So if we can propitiate them, they will take interest in us and take us up into that realm.
Every morning as we do parikrama around the Temples, we pay respects to Srila Gurudev's bhajan kutir. Now everything that is in connection with him, his house, his scooter sitting beneath the office, the paths he would ride on his scooter, the trees he would make comments about, all of these things are dear to us and remind us of our dear Acharya. If we can stand firm and retain the living connection of Gurudev in his separation, then we will have passed the highest test.