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