We can see God with closing our external eye



We  can see God with closing our external eye

Periodically, God comes to this world to perform marvelous acts and pastimes. The bhakti texts are filled with stories of how God acts when He comes to this world in His personal feature. According to the bhakti tradition, God is not a deistic God. In deism, God creates the world but then distances Himself from it and chooses not to become involved with it. According to the bhakti tradition, however, God isn’t disconnected from our world but instead comes in various incarnations to please His devotees and attract us to Him by His different activities. He also fights evil, saves His devotees, and restores justice to the world.

When God comes to this world, He sometimes instructs us so that we can go to Him. When He came in His original form as Krishna, Arjuna asked Him, “Which are considered to be more perfect, those who are always properly engaged in Your devotional service or those who worship the impersonal Brahman, the unmanifested?” Krishna replied, “Those who fix their minds on My personal form and are always engaged in worshiping Me with great and transcendental faith are considered by Me to be most perfect.” Thus Krishna dispels any doubts or fears we may have about pursuing the path of personalism.

Still, those accustomed to the impersonal mode of worship may think that the impersonal Brahman is the source of Krishna and that we should therefore focus on the impersonal aspect of God. To clarify matters, however, Krishna later states, brahmano hi pratishthaham: “I am the basis of the impersonal Brahman.” Therefore the impersonal aspect of God, Brahman, comes from Krishna, and not the other way around.

God’s favorite thing to do when He comes to this world is to have loving relationships with His devotees. When Krishna is with His friends, He has sweet, loving exchanges with them. With His fellow cowherd boyfriends, He plays hide-and-seek, imitates the sounds of local animals, plays music, dances, eats, and does all sorts of other fun activities. God doesn’t want to just sit on a throne and judge people; He wants to have fun, and He wants us to join in.

Moreover, God even takes pleasure in serving His devotees. Arjuna had to fight a great battle, and out of affection for Arjuna, Krishna agreed to become his charioteer. As God, there was no need for Krishna to take that humble role. He could have finished off the entire army in the blink of an eye. But because Krishna has so much love for Arjuna, He decided to become Arjuna’s charioteer and render service to him.

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