Krishna is nearest – let us make him dearest
When someone loves us, they may express that love with a tight hug, wanting to come as close as possible to us. But no one can come as close to us as Krishna, for he is close not just to our body but to us as souls, being present in our heart in his Supersoul manifestation. And he’s closest to us for not just a few moments, but throughout our material existence.
Moreover, his love is manifest by not just his presence but also his beneficence. The Bhagavad-gita (15.15) indicates that he is present in the hearts of each one of us, giving us the necessary guidance for making healthy choices. Of course, he gives due deference to our independence, so he reveals his presence and shares his guidance only to the extent that we want it. According to our desires, he gives us the requisite knowledge externally through scripture, and remembrance and forgetfulness internally through his Supersoul manifestation.
Making Krishna our dearest means giving to our devotional activities serious commitment similar to, if not greater than, what we give to our most important worldly relationships.
To realize his love, we need to reciprocate by making him the dearest to us. Making Krishna our dearest doesn’t mean neglecting or rejecting our worldly relationships; it means connecting those relationships with our spiritual relationship with him, that is, seeing our loved ones as primarily connected with him and secondarily connected with us.
More importantly, making Krishna our dearest means giving to our devotional activities serious commitment similar to, if not greater than, what we give to our most important worldly relationships. By such committed practice of bhakti-yoga, we show Krishna our serious intent to love him. And he reciprocates by revealing his all-attractiveness, thereby attracting us more and more. This symbiosis of our commitment and his revelation gradually culminates in our enthroning him as our dearest Lord and his flooding our heart with the ecstasy of immortal love.
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