Kṛṣṇa will fulfil that desire out of His causeless mercy, and we can take up a direct service to the Lord in the spiritual world, which is considered the highest perfection of life. So before we go back to the spiritual world, when Kṛṣṇa comes in the material universe, somewhere in the material creation, devotees who have this desire to serve Kṛṣṇa, they’re allowed to take birth in that particular universe, in Vṛndāvan or that particular place where the Lord’s pastimes are going on. Or just before they’re on, or … depending on their relationship. Then they can be integrated within the pastimes. And then when Kṛṣṇa goes back to the spiritual world, they all go back with Him.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1989, 13th October, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA