Seeing Krishna Everywhere - Part 1

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

The following is a humble effort to share some of the points given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Johannesburg.

In Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7.8 Lord Krishna says,

raso ’ham apsu kaunteya prabhāsmi śaśi-sūryayoḥ
praṇavaḥ sarva-vedeṣu śabdaḥ khe pauruṣaṁ nṛṣu

O son of Kunti, I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man.

Maharaj began to explain the above verse and was listing the various situations in which Krishna wants us to see Him. The first situation is to see Krishna in the taste of water. Maharaj says that whenever we get glass of water, we should offer respects by touching it in with our forehead. "We should join our hands and pay respects to sunshine. That's why in Vedic culture, they go early in the morning to the river to take bath. And before sunrise they take bath. At the time of sunrise, they worship sun, because sun is non-different from Krishna. Sunshine is non-different from Krishna. Then again in the evening, in India particularly the skies are very clear for at least 8 months. And for four months we have rainy season. And that too it doesn't rain daily. In demoniac countries it rains anytime. So in India it is very possible to see the moonshine in the evenings. To take rest in moonshine is best healthy condition. This is the second condition in which Krishna wants us to see Him. Water - we are drinking daily and we also see sunshine, moonshine.

Then the third situation is praṇavaḥ - praṇavaḥ sarva-vedeṣu - He says, "I am omkār in all the Vedic mantras." And pronunciation of "Om" we should be very careful as we are dealing with Krishna. As soon as we start pronouncing "om" we start with 'a' and 'a' is the beginning letter of all the alphabets in all the languages. In Hindi, Gujarati, African language, English - all over the world - the letters begin with 'a'. This is because Krishna is the source of everything. ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate - "I am the source of everything and from Me everything emanates", He says. And this omkār - because it is non-different from Krishna, we should be very respectful to it. In India the temples have nice dome, so when we pronounce "om" there is an echo. And "a" is beginning of pronunciation of "om" and "m" is the end of the language. The whole language comes in this sound incarnation. And because the whole language is included, all Krishna's names are included in "om" 'a-u-m'. (Maharaj pronounces 'om' and says) This vibration is Krishna. Mere pronunciation of 'om' may give us impersonalism because there is no name of Krishna and that's why in all Vedic mantras, there is a name. 'oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya'. So Vāsudevā is Krishna's name. So we should lovingly chant this mantra. So please pronounce.

Then the fourth situation is 'śabdaḥ khe'  - Krishna says - "He is sound in ether" and then fifth situation is 'pauruṣaṁ nṛṣu' - "ability" - The ability of someone to distribute prasadam, sing kirtans - that ability is coming from Krishna. The ability to do anything is coming from Krishna and is non-different from Krishna. So these five situations we should remember and see Krishna throughout the day.  

Krishna willing we shall hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.