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When will I see God

By Sacinandana Swami

Student: Master, when will I see God?

Master: When you are as desperate with longing as a man who craves for water after he has been lying for ten days and nights in the desert near the pyramids.

Pine for Him in the same way, feeling that you can’t live for even one more second without Him.

Then only, when your intense eagerness for Him will drive away your lust for the senses, will He come to you.[1]

Student: I ask myself – do I have enough determination to pursue this path?

Master: Faith, loyalty and surrender are prerequisites. Have faith that He is present like the air. Remain loyal to the Lord – in good and bad times – like the breath who is always with you – called for or not.

Finally, surrender to Him as naturally as a man suffering from insomnia forgets his world and surrenders to sudden sleep – unquestioning.

Student: I am an active person. Is there anything I can do?

Master: Render selfless service to Him like the sun which serves all creation, unconcerned with its attitude.

But if you give your love to Him, you will not only see God but please Him as well. Then a universe of unspeakable delights[2] will open to you.

[1] Srila Prabhupada said: “If one is very greedy to enhance his Kṛṣṇa consciousness, this is a great boon. Tatra laulyam ekalaṁ mūlam. This is the best path available.” – Srimad Bhagavatam 7.15.20 purport

[2] Unspeakable delights – prema-rasa

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