Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.26
by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Vrndavana, November 13, 1976

Pradyumna: “My dear sons, you should not envy any living entity, be he moving or nonmoving. Knowing that I am situated in them, you should offer resects to all of them at every moment. In this way you offer respect to Me.”

Prabhupada: You read the purport.

Pradyumna: “In this verse the word vivikta-drgbhih, meaning “without envy,” is used. [break] …living entities are the abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His Paramatma feature. As confirmed in Brahma-samhita: andantara-stha-paramanu-cayantara-stham. The Lord is situated in this universe as Garbhodaksayi Visnu and Ksirodakasayi Visnu. He is also situated within every atom. According to the Vedic statement, isavasyam idam sarvam. The Supreme Lord is situated everywhere, and wherever He is situated is His temple. We even offer respects to a temple from a distant place, and all living entites should similarly be offered respect. This is different from the theory of pantheism, which holds that everything is God. Everything has a relationship with God because God is situated everywhere. We should not make any particular distinction between the poor and the rich like the foolish worshipers of daridra-narayana. Narayana is present in the rich as well as the poor. One should not simply think Narayana is situated among the poor. He is everywhere. An advanced devotee will offer respects to everyone—even to cats and dogs.

vidya-vinaya-sampanne brahmane gavi hastini suni caiva svapake ca panditah sama-darsinah [Bg. 5.18]

“The humble sage, by virtue of true knowledge, sees with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater or outcaste.” (Bg 5.18) This sama-darsinah, equal vision, should not be mistaken to mean that the individual is the same as the Supreme Lord. They are always distinct. Every individual person is different from the Supreme Lord. It is a mistake to equate the individual living entity with the Supreme Lord on the plea of vivikta-drk, sama-drk. The Lord is always in an exalted position, even though He agrees to live everywhere. Srila Madhvacarya, quoting Padma Purana, states, vivikta-drsti-jivanam dhisnyataya paramesvarasya bheda-drstih: “One who has clear vision and who is devoid of envy can see that the Supreme Lord is separate from all living entities, although He is sitauted in every living entity.” Madhvacarya further quotes from Padma Purana,

upapadayet paratmanam jivebhyo yah pade pade bhedenaiva na caitasmat priyo visnos tu kascana

“One who sees the living entity and the Supreme Lord as always distinct is very dear to the Lord.” Padma Purana also states, yo hares caiva jivanam bheda-vakta hareh priyah: “One who preaches that the living entities are separate from the Supreme Lord is very dear to Lord Visnu.”


sarvani mad-dhisnyataya bhavadbhis carani bhutani suta dhruvani sambhavitavyani pade pade vo vivikta-drgbhis tad u harhanam me

So premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti [Bs. 5.38] The atheist class men, they say that “I do not see God. How can I believe there is God?” But the advanced devotee, he sees every moment God’s presence. Premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena santah sadaiva [Bs. 5.38]. He doesn’t say that “I do not see God.” Santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti yam syamasundaram. And what is that God? It is not manufactured God. Syamasundaram, Krsna. Yam syamasundaram. It is particularly mentioned. God means syamasundaram. This is also…, appears to be contradictory. Syamasundaram. We have got idea: what is black is not beautiful. But here Krsna, Syamasundaram. Although He is black, He is sundaram. Barhavatamsam asitambuda-sundarangam. Asitambuda, black cloud. Black cloud, like that, color, but He is very sundaram. Kandarpa-koti-kamaniya-visesa-sobham [Bs. 5.30]. He’s so beautiful that if you compare with millions of Kandarpa, Cupid Cupid is supposed to be very beautiful. So if you bring together millions of Cupids, still, their combined beauty cannot be compared with Krsna’s beauty. But He’s still Barhavatamsam asitambuda-sundarangam, kandarpa-koti-kamaniya-visesa-sobham govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami [Bs. 5.30].

So it is required that we develop our attachment for Krsna. Then every moment you’ll see Krsna. There is no need of asking anybody, “Can you show me Krsna? Can you show me God?” You will see automatically. Sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuraty adah. You cannot ask Krsna, “Please come here. I’ll see You,” just like you ask your dog or your servant. Krsna is nobody’s servant. Krsna is the master. He may like you; He may not like. Naham prakasah sarvasya yoga-maya-samavrtah [Bg. 7.25]. He is everywhere. Andantara-stha-paramanu cayan… But He is not visible to the nondevotees. That is the… Unless you are devotee, you cannot see. Bhaktya mam abhijanati yavan yas casmi tattvatah [Bg. 18.55]. So that bhakti must be there.

So Krsna is present here in this temple. This temple is meant for this purpose, that you come here, see Krsna, and become attached to Him. Then you will see Him twenty-four hours. This is the process. Not that, I have several times explained, that this Krsna is marble statue. No. This is naraki-buddhih. Arcye visnau sila-dhir gurusu nara-matir vaisnave jati buddhir, naraki buddhih. Naraki buddhih. This is warned. Krsna is here. Krsna is here in the temple, but He has come mercifully to be seen by you. Otherwise you are blind; you cannot see Krsna. But He has appeared as arca-vigraha so that You are accustomed to see wood and stone, so He appears in your visible form, but He is Krsna. You will understand He is Krsna present when you have got enough love for Him.

So as it is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, that,

mayy asakta-manah partha yogam yunjan mad-asrayah asamsayam samagram mam yatha jnasyasi tac chrnu [Bg. 7.1]

This is the way. You increase your attachment, see Krsna in the temple, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto, think of Krsna, and chant Krsna’s name and offer obeisances Krsna. These things you can teach even to the small children. They can be practiced to see Krsna and increase attachment for Krsna. That is wanted. Mayy asakta-manah partha yogam yunjan mad-asrayah. But this bhakti-yoga should be practiced not from the nondevotees. Then it will be not possible. Mayy asakta-manah partha yogam…, mad-asrayah. Not jnanis’ asraya or yogis’ asraya, no. Then you’ll never be able to see. Mad-asraya. Either you take shelter of Krsna… You cannot take shelter of Krsna directly, that is not possible, but one who has taken shelter of Krsna, you can take shelter of him. That is mad-asrayah, one, mat-asrayah: “a person who has taken shelter of Me.” That means His devotee, a pure Vaisnava, a Vaisnava guru. You have to take shelter of. Then you can practice bhakti-yoga. Then never mind what you are. Kirata-hunandhra-pulinda-pulkasa abhira-sumbha yavanah khasadayah, ye ’nye ca papa yad-apasrayasrayah. If you take shelter of a devotee of Krsna or Visnu, then suddhyanti—you’ll be purified. Suddhyanti. How it is possible that…? He’s born in low- grade family, kirata-hunandhra-pulinda-pulkasa. How he became so purified that he can see? Now prabhavisnave namah. This is Krsna’s influence. He can do that. If you take shelter, upasrayasrayah, a devotee of Krsna, then Krsna is pleased to reveal Himself. That is Krsna’s special power, Visnu’s special power. He can be seen even by the kirata-hunandhra andhra, and He cannot be seen even by the most purified brahmana. That is His option. He is not exposed to be seen by everyone. That is not possible.

So we have to learn through bhakti-yoga how to see Krsna, how to understand Him. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet samit-panih srotriyam brahma-nistham [MU 1.2.12] These are required. You cannot jump over Krsna and see Krsna. That is not possible. So everything is sitting place of Krsna. Andantara-stha-paramanu cayantara-stham. He is even within the atom, so why not within yourself? He is everywhere. This vision should be developed. And vivikta-drgbhis tad aharhanam. If you see in that way, that Krsna is everywhere present But that presence can be experienced by love and devotion. There is no other way.

Thank you very much. Hare Krsna. (end)