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The vision of the pure devotee


Devotee (2): Srila Prabhupada, you are seeing Krsna at every moment. Does this mean you are seeing Krsna in His two-armed form playing the flute at every moment?
Srila Prabhupada: Seeing means Krsna as He is. That's all. Santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti. You never read Brahma-samhita? Do you read?
Devotee (2): Yes, Prabhupada. What you have of the Brahma-samhita in your books.
Srila Prabhupada: Brahma-samhita it is said, santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti. Those who are saintly persons, they always see Krsna within his heart. Everyone can see if he tries. Why you and me? Anyone can see. Krsna is open to everyone. But He is not open to the rascals. That is Krsna's distinguish... Naham prakasah sarvasya yoga-maya-samavrtah [Bhagavad-gita 7.25]. He is open to everyone, but not to all others, only to the devotee.
Devotee (3): Srila Prabhupada, the Paramatma feature is in the heart.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes.
Devotee (3): And the pure devotee, does he see the Paramatma feature or does he see...?
Srila Prabhupada: When you see Krsna, you see Paramatma, Brahman, everything. Brahmeti paramatmeti bhagavan iti sabdyate [Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.11]. If you see... Just like when you see the sun, you see sunlight also. The sun... We see the sun globe, the sun light, simultaneously. Nobody says, "I am seeing the sun but not the sunshine." Is it? (laughter) He is seeing everything. He is seeing everything.
Devotee (3): But does he focus his mind upon the two-armed...?
Srila Prabhupada: There is no question of focus or no focus. One who sees Krsna, he sees everything. Yasmin vijnate sarvam evam vijnatam bhavanti. There is no question of imagination. This is fact. What is that?
Devotee: naham prakasah sarvasya yoga-maya-samavrtah | mudho 'yam nabhijanati loko mam ajam avyayam [Bhagavad-gita 7.25] "I am never manifest to the foolish and unintelligent."
Srila Prabhupada: Yes. One who is foolish, nonintelligent, he cannot see Krsna. Means Krsna does not reveal to him. They never see. Next?
Satsvarupa: "For them I am covered by My eternal creative potency, yogamaya, and so the deluded world knows Me not, who am unborn and infallible."
Srila Prabhupada: If you have no qualification to see Him, even Krsna comes before you, you cannot see. You will see Him-"Oh, He's an ordinary man like me," because you are not qualified to see Him. But when you become qualified, you will see Him always. -

Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, July 31, 1975, New Orleans.

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