Eyes to See the Supreme Lord - Part 1

Eyes to See the Supreme Lord - Part 1

Narahari Krishna Dasa
Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.  
A general question asked by many people is "Show me God and only then I will believe. How to believe in God whom we cannot see by our eyes or realize by any of our senses". Then some people give answer to these questions like, "We cannot see hunger, thirst, fear, anger etc. But we feel them. In the same God cannot be realized by our senses but can be felt like these emotions". But the fact is that the Lord is not just an emotion alone to be felt like hunger or thirst. According to the scriptures He is a transcendental person with all spiritual senses and the scriptures tell us that we should develop the eyes to see Him.

 Even though one may not have the material eyes and material qualification, still one can develop the spiritual eyes (through the ointment of bhakti) to see the Lord and understand Him in proper perspective. So whenever the question of seeing God as posed to Srila Prabhupada, he used to ask, “Do you have the eyes to see God? If you develop the eyes then you can constantly see face to face ”. In the Mahabharata, there is a nice incident explaining this. When Lord Krishna came as a messenger of the Pandavas, the previous day of the Lord’s visit, there was lot of discussion in the Kaurava side on how to manage the Lord’s visit. Bhishma, Vidura and others were very excited to have the Lord’s darshan and Duryodhana was planning to arrest Him. Dhritarashtra told Vidura,”We need to arrange a grand reception for the Lord, gift Him with all best jewels, clothes and blankets and also some villages so that He is pleased with us and join our side”.

Then Sanjaya said, ”O King, I thought you are only externally blind. But internally also you are blind as you don't have knowledge. You want to give few villages to Krishna and all these gifts to entice Him and pull Him in our side to fight the war. But if you just give one village to each of the Pandavas, Lord Krishna will be very much pleased and you can avoid the war completely”. Saying this Sanjaya expounded in great detail the supremacy of the Lord and His greatness.

 Dhritarashtra was amazed by this and said, “O Sanjaya, both of us studied under the same spiritual master. But how you alone have been able to know Madhava as the Supreme Lord of the universe? And how is it that I am unable to know Him as such? Please explain me”. Sanjaya replied, “You have not gained proper knowledge of the Lord whereas my knowledge has not suffered any diminution and not covered by ignorance.” The King again asked Sanjaya about the nature of His bhakti as follows in Mahabharata, Udhyoga Parva 67.04

gaavalgane 'tra kaa bhaktir yaa te nityaa janaardane
yayaa tvam abhijaanaasi triyugaṃ madhusuudanam

O son of Gavalgana, what is the nature of your devotion which you always show towards Lord Janardana by which you have understood Him to the cause of everything in this creation”.
The answer given Sanjaya is profound and very instructive as follows in Mahabharata Udhyoga Parva 67.05.

 maayaam na seve bhadram te na vrutha dharmam-aachare
shuddha-bhaavam gato bhaktya shastrad vedmi janardanam 

 I am detached from material enjoyment and free from partiality due to envy. I don’t perform dharmic rites which are not related to the Lord. I have purified my consciousness through bhakti, I have learnt about Lord Janardana from the authentic scriptures.”

 Each of the points mentioned in the above sloka by Sanjaya is worth meditating and we will see them in detail in the future offerings, Krishna willing.

Thank you very much.
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna dasa