When Krishna seems far away, it is we who have strayed away

The Bhagavad-gita (13.16) states that Krishna is situated far away from us – and is simultaneously very close to us. Paradoxical scriptural statements like this point to the inconceivable attributes of Krishna. At the same time, they can also refer to our changing, conflicting feelings while trying to approach him.

During our spiritual practices like praying, chanting or meditating, we may sometimes sense Krishna’s presence distinctly, almost tangibly, thereby feeling that he is very close to us. More often, we may go through our spiritual practices sensing Krishna’s presence weakly or not at all, thereby feeling that he is very far away from us. This may dishearten us and may even trigger second thoughts about continuing our spiritual practices.

At such times, we need to urgently reverse the discouraging train of thoughts set in motion by the dubious second thoughts. For bringing about this reversal, we can trigger spiritually encouraging thoughts by faithfully contemplating on the Gita’s declaration (15.15) of Krishna’s proximity, indeed his indwelling presence. He is personally, constantly, lovingly present with us in our own hearts, closer than anyone else can ever be.

Remembering such scriptural declarations of Krishna’s proximity will give us the strength to persevere in our spiritual practices, which will soon restore our devotional disposition. This disposition will enable us to re-experience Krishna’s presence in the form of divine solace and sublime warmth.  Then we will recognize that he had never gone far away… it was we who had temporarily strayed away.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13 Text 16

“The Supreme Truth exists outside and inside of all living beings, the moving and the nonmoving. Because He is subtle, He is beyond the power of the material senses to see or to know. Although far, far away, He is also near to all.”

Be not allured by the pleasure that is pregnant with suffering
Retreat within to treat without

Author: Chaitanya Charan Das

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