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Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das
Having an overwhelming desire to see Sri Krishna is one of the symptoms of an advanced devotee. Sri Rupa Gosvami calls it samutkantha, the intense hankering to see Sri Krishna which is a symptom of a bhava bhakta.
What is the cause of this hankering? Sastra says that the mercy of the sat Guru is the cause of a sadhaka having a strong or intense desire to see Krishna, sat guroh krpaya krishna didrksha bhara karitam. (Brihad Bhagavatamrita 2.3.113)
While describing the Vrindavana born bhakta Gopa-kumara, Sri Sanatana Goswami says that his intense eagerness to see Krishna arose from two causes; 1) by following the instructions of advanced devotees; and 2) by the strength of his service to his diksha mantra, sriman maha bhagavata upadeshatah san mantra seva balato. (Brihad Bhagavatamrita 2.3.45)
Gopa-kumara’s eagerness to see God impelled him to travel all over the universe searching for Sri Madana Gopala, the beloved of his heart. He was never satisfied with any post or position without seeing Gopala. Indeed, if one receives Guru’s mercy and becomes eager to see Sri Krishna, then nothing will prevent it from happening.
Yearning to see Krishna face to face, krishna darshana lalasa, arises in the heart according to the degree of one’s attraction, attachment and love for lila-madhurya Sri Krishna. It is natural to want to see the one whom we are trying so much to remember, serve and love now and forever.
A purified even slightly advanced bhakta will think, “I really want to see Krishna. But how and when will that ever be possible?”
Eagerness for Krishna however does not come easy. It is a state of consciousness wherein a devotee is constantly thinking of pleasing Radha and Krishna. If there is any other desire in one’s heart, intense eagerness cannot arise.
“Eagerness is the very life-force of devotion which helps the devotee attain perfection. Without eagerness there is no taste in our endeavors.” (Sri Ananta Dasji Maharaja)
Srila Prabhupada often refers to “eagerness” as a prerequiste for seeing Sri Krishna. The dictionary says strongly wanting to have something is eagerness. Sri Krishna Dasa Kaviraja says, “The main quality of complete eagerness is that one always desires to see Krishna, samutkantha haya sada lalasa pradhana.” (Caitanya Caritamrita 2.23.30)
Eagerness is so important that Srila Prabhupada said, “Eagerness is the price for achieving success in Krishna consciousness.” (NOD 18) As an example of one with eagerness, Srila Prabhupada cites Sri Bilvamangala Thakura’s prayer:
“I am eagerly waiting to see that boy of Vrindavana whose bodily beauty captivates the whole universe; whose eyes are bounded by black eyebrows expanded like lotus petals, and who eagerly glances at His devotees. Krishna’s eyes are always moist and His lips are copper-colored. Through Shyama’s lips comes a sound vibration which drives one madder than a mad elephant. I want so much to see Krishna in Vrindavana.”
Radha-Krishna sakshad darshana ki jai! Jaya Jaya Sri Radhe!
Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das
Most all of the 8,400,000 species of life have eyes to see the reality they live in. It is only human beings, however, that have the eyes to see God, Bhagavan Sri Krishna.
In Gita, Sri Krishna describes the vision of the perfect person who sees Krishna everywhere. By such divya -drshti, divine sight, one captures Krishna in the heart, and keeps Krishna forever bound in the embrace of one’s loving eyes.
Sri Krishna explains this point in Bhagavad-gita (6.30):
yo –mam –pashyati -sarvatra
sarvam -ca -mayi -pashyati
tasyaham -na –pranashyami
sa -ca -me -na -pranashyati
Bhagavan Sri Krishna says, “One who sees Me everywhere and sees everything in Me, never loses sight Me, nor do I lose sight of him.”
Sri Sridhar Swamicharan: In other words, Sri Krishna is saying, ‘Since I am continually present before one, one is never lost to Me.’
There are two levels of seeing Bhagavan Sri Krishna everywhere.
1- With eyes coated with pure spiritual love, Krishna prema, like the cowherd damsels of Vrajabhumi and sadhana-siddha Krishna premi-bhaktas.
2- With eyes coated with desire and eagerness to see Sri Krishna everywhere.
At this level, one has not yet attained Krishna prema, but one does have a strong, focused and continuous desire, backed by intense eagerness to see Sri Krishna. One thinks, “I really, really want to see Krishna. No matter what it takes, I MUST SEE KRISHNA in this very life!”
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says, “A devotee is one who firmly believes Krishna will show His mercy, krishna –krpa-karibena- drdha- kari-jane.” (Caitanya-caritamrta 2.23.28)
Having a genuine, driving desire and eagerness to see Sri Krishna will automatically make one detached from maya and one’s unlimited material desires. Srila Prabhupada said that eagerness is absolutely essential to make tangible spiritual advancement.
Srila Prabhupada says, “We must be very, very eager to see Krishna; then you can see Krishna. Whether you are lusty or a thief or whatever, somehow you must develop this eagerness, this desire: ‘I MUST SEE KRISHNA!’ Then KRISHNA WILL BE SEEN!” (Journey of Self Discovery 2.2)
Sri Ananta Dasa Babaji Maharaja says, “Eagerness is the very LIFE FORCE OF BHAJAN! A devotee with loving eagerness will receive abundant grace from Sri Krishna. Eagerness is always the best means to fulfill our desires. Without it, there is no taste in sadhana and one can’t attain anything!”
Out of His infinite love and compassion, Sri Krishna personally teaches how anyone, even without Krishna prem, can always see and remember Krishna everywhere throughout the day and night. All it takes is the desire to see Krishna, and the eagerness to sincerely try.
By reading and remembering the following simple Gita verses, one will easily SEE KRISHNA EVERYWHERE day after day, until the last when Sri Krishna Himself will appear, and take you to Vraja Dham to see and be with Krishna forever!
We have arranged the following verses, all personally spoken by Sri Krishna in Gita, in a logical sequence of time and category that follow one’s daily activities beginning with waking.
Time: I am time, kala -asmi. 11.32
Existence: I am the life of all that lives, jivanam –sarva –bhuteshu. 7.9
Speech: I am the letter A, aksharanam –aksharo –asmi. (10.32) I am the sound in ether, shabdah –khe –aham. 7.8
Water: I am the taste of water, rasa -aham -apsu. 7.8
Chirping Birds: Of birds, I am Garud, vainateyash -ca -pakshinam. 10.30
Trees: Of trees, I am peepul, ashwattah -sarva -vrkshanam. 10.26
Nama/Diksa: I am japa, japa –yagya- asmi. 10.25
Beauty, Wealth, Strength: All beauty, wealth and strength is just a spark of My splendor, yad -yad –vibhutimat- sattvam, srimad -urjitam -mama -tejah -amsha. 10.41
Perfumes: I am the beautiful fragrance of the earth, punyo –gandha –prthivi -asmi. 7.9
Food: I am the fire of digestion, aham -vaishvanaro, (15.14) I am the heat in fire, asmi –vibhavasau. (7.9)
Sunshine, Moonshine: I am the light of the sun and moon, prabha –asmi –shashi- suryayoh. (7.8) Of all bright things, I am the radiant sun, jyotisham –ravih -asmi. 10.21.
Exercise: I am the strength of the strong, balam –balavatam –aham. 7.11
Wind: Of purifiers, I am the wind, pavana –pavatam –asmi. 10.31
Months: I am November-December, masa -margashirsha -aham. 10.35
Seasons: I am spring, rtu –kusumakara. 10.35
School: I am the intelligence of the intelligent, buddhi –buddhimatam –aham. (7.10) Of all knowledge, I am knowledge of the self, adhyatma –vidya –vidyanam.
Intelligence: I am the knowledge of the wise, gyanam –gyanavatam –aham. 10.38
Work: I am the ability in persons, paurusham –nrshu. (7.8) I am the beginning, middle and end of all creations, sargan –adir –madhya- anta. 10.32
Animals: Of all animals, I am the lion, mrganam –mrgendra –aham. 10.30
Ocean: Of all water bodies, I am the ocean, sarasam -asmi -sagarah. 10.24
Rivers: I am Ganga, asmi -jahnavi. 10.31
Fish: I am the shark (dolphin ?), jhashanam -makara -asmi, 10.31
War: Of generals, I am Skanda (son of Siva), senaninam -aham -skanda. 10.24
Moon: Among all the stars, I am the moon, nakshatranam -aham -shashi. 10.21
Intimacies: I am union that is not against religious principles, dharma –aviruddha –kama –asmi. 7.11
Secrets: Of secrets, I am silence, maunam -asmi -guhyanam. 10.38
In all these simple everyday ways, you can always remember Krishna everywhere, and see His beautiful sweet and charming, smiling face in everyone’s heart and everything that you see throughout the day.
Seeing Krishna everywhere ki jai!
Jai Jai Sri Radhe!