We may be far away from Krishna, but Krishna is always close to us

The distance between two people in any relationship is a function not of bodily location but of emotional disposition. Family members living under the same roof can be universes apart, whereas friends who are continents apart can be closer than family members.

Inner disposition trumps outer location as a determinant of relationship closeness in all relationship. Still, there’s an additional twist to this principle when it is applied to our relationship with Krishna. Because unlike other people who are all finite, he is infinite; being Supreme he is omnipresent. The Bhagavad-gita (15.15) informs us that he is present in our own hearts as the Supersoul. So, in terms of location he is always close to us. In fact, he is closer to us than even any person who closely embraces us.

But that is not the only way he is close to us. Additionally and far more importantly, he is always concerned about us, for he loves us more than anyone else. The Gita (05.29) states that he is our greatest well-wisher.

Thus both in terms of literal location and emotional disposition, Krishna is always close to us.

Unfortunately however, because we are attached to worldly things instead of Krishna, our emotions get readily and repeatedly caught in those things. Due to this emotional misdirection, we may feel far away from him.

Nonetheless, remembering his love and his proximity can help us to curb such feelings and redirect our feelings to Krishna through diligent practice of bhakti-yoga. The more we direct our emotions thus, the more we will be able to see even worldly things as manifestations of Krishna’s energies and everything will gradually start serving as a stimulus for devotional recollection, as the Bhagavad-gita (06.30) assures. As we thus live in his remembrance and presence, we will realize and relish how Krishna is always close to us – and we too are always close to him.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06 Text 30

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