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One has to take shelter of a person whose life is devoted to Krsna, and under his direction, we have to practice how to develop Krsna Consciousness, and then Krsna will be revealed

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Either you take shelter of Kṛṣṇa, or Kṛṣṇa's representative. Of course it is not possible for us to take shelter of Kṛṣṇa, because Kṛṣṇa is not present at the present moment. But His representative is there. So one has to take shelter of His representative. And practice bhakti-yoga, concentrating his mind on Kṛṣṇa. This is called Kṛṣṇa Consciousness. One has to take shelter of a person whose life is devoted to Kṛṣṇa, and under his direction, we have to practice how to develop Kṛṣṇa Consciousness, and then Kṛṣṇa will be revealed. The revelation, proportionate revelation is proportionate advancement in seeing Kṛṣṇa directly.

One has to Take Shelter of a Person whose Life is Devoted to Krishna
- Prabhupāda 0965


The Mayavadi philosopher, they think that the Absolute Truth is impersonal.

mayy āsakta-manāḥ pārtha
yogaṁ yuñjan mad-āśrayaḥ
asaṁśayaṁ samagraṁ māṁ
yathā jñāsyasi tac chṛṇu
(BG 7.1)

Arjuna is being advised by Kṛṣṇa, "What is God?" The conception of God, however we may speculate, it cannot be perfect, because God is unlimited, all-pervading. We are limited. So actually unless God Himself reveals Himself to the devotee, it is not possible to understand what is God. Therefore, God Himself, Kṛṣṇa, is speaking about Himself. The processes is mayy āsakta-manāḥ. One has to increase attachment for Kṛṣṇa. We have got now attachment for material things, and we have to divert that. Our position is that we must have attachment for something. That is fact. So now, on the bodily concept of life, we have got attachment to this body, and anything pertaining to this body, we have got attachment. Just like I have got attachment for my wife. Why? There are millions and thousands of women, beautiful women. I have no attachment for them. But my attachment for my wife, even though she may not be very beautiful, is a fact. Why? Because, due to her relation with my body. Similarly, I have got attachment for my country, I have got attachment for my home, my, so many things, because I am thinking I am this body, and anything in connection with this body, I am thinking mine. So at the present, my conception of 'I' and 'My' is wrong. Therefore, if we divert that attachment to Kṛṣṇa, then we can understand Kṛṣṇa, or God, perfectly well. Kṛṣṇa is just like Sun. When there is sunshine, you can see the Sun and yourself also. Without sunshine, in the darkness of night, neither you can see the sun nor yourself. Therefore the process is mayy āsakta-manāḥ, developing Kṛṣṇa Consciousness. Mayy āsakta-manāḥ pārtha yogaṁ yuñjan mad-āśrayaḥ.

This is the yoga. Yoga means connected. Yogaṁ yuñjan... That yoga should be practiced in connection with Kṛṣṇa. Therefore he said, mad asraya. Mad means me, or mine. Asraya means taking shelter. So either you take shelter of Kṛṣṇa, or Kṛṣṇa's representative. Of course it is not possible for us to take shelter of Kṛṣṇa, because Kṛṣṇa is not present at the present moment. But His representative is there. So one has to take shelter of His representative. And practice bhakti-yoga, concentrating his mind on Kṛṣṇa. This is called Kṛṣṇa Consciousness. One has to take shelter of a person whose life is devoted to Kṛṣṇa, and under his direction, we have to practice how to develop Kṛṣṇa Consciousness, and then Kṛṣṇa will be revealed. The revelation, proportionate revelation is proportionate advancement in seeing Kṛṣṇa directly.