Chakra Discussions

Krishna is Within Everyone

by Gaurav Mittal

Posted September 27, 2010

Bhaktin Sara makes a very good point in her Chakra article "Humility in Preaching". She was evidently taught that the people who are not Hare Krishna bhaktas are at lower level.

I tried to share similar views in an earlier article "Spiritual solutions to ISKCON's problems".

We need to understand from an absolute perspective that everyone is part of Krishna and everyone is sat, cit and ananda; i.e., full of eternity, knowledge and bliss. It is illusion to see the self as a product of matter. When this illusion goes away, one will see everyone as manifestation of Krishna.

When a person sees people as superior or inferior, he deviates from the Absolute Truth, and such a person cannot come closer to Krishna. The Bhagavad-gita is full of slokas where Krishna describes that devotees see everyone as manifestations of Krishna. How can you look down upon others when you see them as a part of your beloved Krishna?

Unfortunately, some of the people who have preached to Sara prabhu have apparently seen themselves as a product of inert matter. Since they have an illusion of their self, they don't see this truth, and they also preach the same to others. It is also unfortunate that Srila Prabhupada does not seem to have stressed this fact sufficiently, even though this is a very basic and essential part of bhakti.

True humility is to see everyone as a separated part of Krishna. With such vision, one will love and respect everyone. One will work for their welfare and serve them as one's beloved Krishna.

I am present in every living entity as the Supersoul. If someone neglects or disregards that Supersoul everywhere and engages himself in the worship of the Deity in the temple, that is simply imitation. One who worships the Deity of Godhead in the temples but does not know that the Supreme Lord, as Paramatma, is situated in every living entity’s heart, must be in ignorance and is compared to one who offers oblations into ashes. One who offers Me respect but is envious of the bodies of others and is therefore a separatist never attains peace of mind, because of his inimical behavior towards other living entities.

My dear Mother, even if he worships with proper rituals and paraphernalia, a person who is ignorant of My presence in all living entities never pleases Me by the worship of My Deities in the temple. Performing his prescribed duties, one should worship the Deity of the Supreme Personality of Godhead until one realizes My presence in his own heart and in the hearts of other living entities as well. — Srimad Bhagavatam 3.29.21-25)