THE VISION OF
Jai: You said we
can know a little bit about God. Is
it possible for people to see God, Grandma?
Jai. But not with our physical eyes.
God does not have hands and legs like
we have in our world. But when God is
pleased by our selfless service (Seva)
and devotion, He may appear in a vision
in dream. He can show Himself in any
form, or in the form of one’s
personal god (IshtaDeva).
Jai: Is there any
other way to see God?
best way to see God is to feel His presence
in everything because everything is
part of God. Yogis see the whole world
as God’s expansion. Everything
is just another form of God. Knowing
this, we can see God all around us.
The entire universe is God, and we are
His children and tools. (Gita 11.33)
God uses us to do His work. He is within
all of us.
Here is a story about God being
always with us, but we cannot see Him
with our physical eyes. (Gita 11.08)
14. God Is with You
A man wanted to smoke and went to a
neighbor’s house to get fire to
light his charcoal. It was in the dead
of night, and the householder was asleep.
After he had knocked and knocked, the
neighbor finally came down to open the
At the sight of the man he asked, “Hello!
What’s the matter?”
The man replied, “Can’t
you guess? You know I am fond of smoking.
I have come here to get fire to light
The neighbor said, “Ha! Ha! You
are a fine neighbor, indeed! You took
the trouble to come and do all this
knocking at the door in the dead of
night! Why? You have a lighted lantern
already with you!”
What we seek is very near and all around
us. Everything is God in different forms.
Everything in creation is within His
Another way to see God is to develop
devotion and good qualities. Lord Krishna
said if we have no attachment, selfish
desires, hatred, enmity, or violence
towards any being, we can reach and
see God. (Gita 11.55)
Jai: Has anybody
seen Krishna as God?
Yes, many saints and sages have seen
Lord Krishna in various forms. Mother
Yashoda saw Krishna’s cosmic form.
Arjuna also wanted to see Krishna as
God. Because Arjuna was a great soul
and a very dear friend of Krishna, Lord
showed him His cosmic form. What Arjuna
saw is described in great detail in
Chapter 11 of the Gita.
Here is a brief description of the
cosmic form of Krishna that Arjuna saw.
He saw the whole world with all gods,
sages, Lord Shiva, as well as Lord Brahma,
seated on the lotus in the body of Krishna.
Lord had many arms, mouths, stomachs,
faces, and eyes. His body had no beginning
or end. Bright light was shining all
around Him. Arjuna also saw all his
cousins, along with many other kings
and warriors, quickly entering into
Lord’s fearful mouths for destruction.
This cosmic form of Krishna was very
frightful to see, so Arjuna wished to
see Krishna in the four-armed Vishnu
form with a crown, holding a conch,
discus, club and lotus in His hands.
Krishna then showed His four-armed Vishnu
form to Arjuna.
Afterwards, Krishna showed
His beautiful human form and comforted
Arjuna, who was afraid. Then Arjuna
became peaceful and normal again. Lord
Krishna said that He can be seen in
this four-armed form only through devotion.
Chapter 11 summary:
We cannot see God with our human eyes.
We can see Him only in a vision or trance
(Samadhi). We can also see Him all around
us. The entire creation is nothing but
the body of the creator, and we are
part of the cosmic form of God.