Seeing Krsna right now
Guest: Is it possible to see Krsna right now?
Prabhupada: Why don’t you see Him, in your back?
Guest: But can’t I just see Him?
Prabhupada: Well, you have no eyes to see.
Guest: Can’t I see Him within?
Guest: Why? Why is it not so easy? Why can’t each one of us…?
Pusta Krsna: Why is it so difficult to see Krsna? Why can’t each of us see Him within?
Prabhupada: You have to become qualified.
Guest: Why do I have to become qualified? Why?
Prabhupada: Yes. Suppose if there is a big man before you in some big meeting, can you talk with him?
Prabhupada: No, no. First of all answer this. Suppose there is a big meeting going on, and some big man is present. Suppose the President is there. Can you talk with him? Why? Why you cannot talk? For talking we think you require some qualification. It is not that He’s so cheap that you talk with Krsna immediately.
atah sri-krsna-namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih
sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuraty adah
[Cc. Madhya 17.136]
So if you accept Krsna as the Supreme Lord, then you have to qualify yourself to talk to Him.
Guest: By His grace, Krsna will show Himself to you.
Prabhupada: Yes. If you read Krsna book and if you believe, then you see Krsna. He’s not different from the book.
Guest: But we could read words till the cows come home. What good is that going to do?
Devotee: You have to accept what you read. You can’t read with an argumentative attitude, or you can’t ask questions in an argumentative attitude. You’ll never learn.
Guest: I can only accept what I experience.
Prabhupada: What is your experience?
Guest: My experience is that I have seen Krsna with my own eyes.
Prabhupada: You have seen?
Prabhupada: That’s very nice. [devotees laugh]
Guest: It hasn’t been hard.
Prabhupada: That’s nice.
Guest: I haven’t had to read any words.
Prabhupada: Oh, then you are perfect.
Devotee: Are there any other questions please?
Prabhupada: Sit down. You are perfect. [laughter]
April 27, 1976, Auckland, New Zealand