Little Deliberation

16th Jun 2012
Prabhupadananda das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

There is one nice verse in Srimad Bhagavatam 8.1.11,

yaṁ paśyati na paśyantaṁ cakṣur yasya na riṣyati
taṁ bhūta-nilayaṁ devaṁ suparṇam upadhāvata

Although the Supreme Personality of Godhead constantly watches the activities of the world, no one sees Him. However, one should not think that because no one sees Him, He does not see, for His power to see is never diminished. Therefore, everyone should worship the Supersoul, who always stays with the individual soul as a friend.

In the purport to above verse Srila Prabhupada says, "The Lord resides within this universe, He resides within the hearts of all living entities, and He resides even within the atom. Because we lack perfect knowledge, we cannot see God, but a little deliberation can help us to see God everywhere. This requires training. With a little deliberation, even the most degraded person can perceive the presence of God. If we take into account whose property is the vast ocean, whose property is the vast land, how the sky exists, how the numberless millions of stars and planets are set in the sky, who has made this universe and whose property it is, we should certainly come to the conclusion that there is a proprietor of everything."

There is one nice story in Puranas related to this. On the bank of river Kaveri there was one muni called Vedasagar living in ashrama and running a Gurukul. Once two new students named Krishna Sharma and Ram Sharma visited Gurukula in order to get an admission. Vedasagar Muni told them that they can be admitted once they pass the test (like admission test in schools). However, till that time he will allow them to stay on temporary basis. He will observe their behaviour and conduct. In the subsequent week, on Ekadasi day, all the students in the ashrama were fasting nirjala. Vedasagar Muni told Krishna Sharma and Ram Sharma to visit the Vishnu temple which was far away and situated on the top of a hill. Krishna Sharma and Ram Sharma started walking and reached the temple. They had a nice darshan of Lord Vishnu. The temple pujari offered them prasadam. When they came out of temple, Ram Sharma told Krishna Sharma that he is feeling hungry; he said, let us take this prasadam. Krishna Sharma said, "Today is Ekadasi nirjala fasting. So we can take this prasadam tomorrow." Ram Sharma looked around and said, "Nobody is here to look at us to check if we are fasting or taking prasadam." However, Krishna Sharma objected him saying, "We should not disobey the Guru's instructions. Moreover Krishna and Guru are always watching us. Krishna is situated everywhere. We should not do this sin." Ram Sharma did not agree to this and he took the prasadam. They came back to ashrama. Vedasagar Muni immediately realized the fact. He told Ram Sharma, "You are not fit to stay in the ashrama; I know that you have taken the prasadam and broken Ekadashi fasting." He admired Krishna Sharma's obedience, knowledge and understanding.

We must have full faith on spiritual master's instructions and the same has to be carried out without deviation. Lord Krishna is situated everywhere. The twelve CIDs of Lord (Sun, Moon etc as listed in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 6.1.42) are watching us. Srila Prabhupada says, "If we take into account the Supreme Personality of Godhead in our daily affairs, we can see Him or at least perceive His presence everywhere. The words 'cakṣur yasya na riṣyati', means that although we cannot see Him, it does not mean that He cannot see us."

I therefore, request at the lotus feet of Guru maharaj, Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna to give me an intelligence for little deliberation to understand the Lord's presence everywhere.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Prabhupadananda das
Abu Dhabi.