Hare Krishna Dear Vaishnavas,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Today I found a wonderful piece of explanation by Srila Prabhupada to a question by a Japanese Gentleman on how can we see God in this world. The explanation was simple and practical to the core and even a child can understand it. On reading it I could understand why Srila Prabhupada was so successful in his preaching - it was because he was able to explain highly complex spiritual subject matters in a simple and straight forward manner so that we can apply the solutions in our day-to-day problems.
Here is the discussion...(Lecture on BG 16.8, Tokyo Jan 28, 1975)
Japanese man: How can we see God in this world. Although we can't see Him, how can we hear His sound ?
Prabhupada: You can see. You can hear the sound Krsna. Are you not hearing Hare Krsna? So that is a question of realization. You go on hearing, hearing. The child cannot understand what is the sound. The sound is the same. The car is going on. But his father can understand that with this sound this car is going on. But child cannot understand. So you begin hearing. Then gradually your ignorance will be cleansed, and then you understand that the sound is for car. Therefore you have to begin to hear the sound. Everyone is hearing, but those who are not experienced they cannot understand that this sound is of the car. But the... One understands or not understands, that doesn't matter. But the sound is of the car. That's a fact. So those who are experienced, they are understanding; those who are not experienced, they do not understand. That is the difference. It is the difference of experience. But the sound is of the car-that is a fact. Similarly, the Hare Krsna sound is God. Those who are advanced, they can understand. And those who are not yet advanced, by hearing, hearing, they will understand. You want to see God. That is your idea?
Japanese man: No. I don't know if I ever see God or not.
Prabhupada: No, you have not seen, but what is your desire? You want to see?
Japanese man: I want to at least hear God in this world, and I was wondering what is...
Prabhupada: So God is speaking Bhagavad-gita. Just like reading, Krsna is speaking. So hear it, God speaking, the sound. The devotees are chanting Hare Krsna, that is God, that sound is God, shabda-brahma. This is the way. And if you want to see God, you can see also. That is prescribed here. Just like Krsna says, prabhaasmi shashi-suryayoh: "I am the sunlight and moonlight." So you see the sunlight, moonlight, and you see God. Krsna says, "I am the sunlight. I am this moonlight." Then if you want to see Krsna, you see the... Sunlight you can see very easily. Is it very difficult for you? Then Krsna says, He personally says, that "I am the sunlight." You see the sunlight. You go on sunlight, seeing the sunlight, and you just take the words of Bhagavad-gita, "Now here is Krsna." Then you will understand, "Here is God." And factually you will see. If you think of only the sunlight, moonlight as instructed in the Bhagavad-gita, Krsna says, "I am sun...," - then one day very soon you will understand. You will see Krsna in sunlight. It is not bogus thing, that Krsna says, "I am the sunlight." He is. And He asks you to see. You see minutely, and you'll see Krsna. So where is the difficulty? You want to see Krsna. You see Krsna as Krsna advises. Krsna says, raso 'ham apsu kaunteya: [Bg. 7.8] "I am the taste of the water or any liquid substance. The taste I am." Now, whenever you drink water or drink any liquid thing or milk, the taste... There is... Everything has got a different taste. And if you think, as Krsna advises you, that "This taste is Krsna," then on that taste you will find Krsna. You begin as Krsna says. Then you will see Krsna. There is no difficulty. (end).
So many translations of Bhagavat-gita is out in the market. Who else but Srila Prabhupada has given such down to earth explanation to the words of God ?
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada
Kalacakra Krsna das
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