Guest: Does God speak to me, within me, whether I listen or not?

Prabhupāda: God will speak just like you are speaking face to face if you are qualified.

Guest: Not in terms of words or even sound within me, but does...

Prabhupāda: Sound is speaking. Speaking is sound. There is no difference. When you speak there is sound.

Guest: Is the feeling of God within me, whether I...

Prabhupāda: God is within and without, both. Not only within. That is... That I was..., I want to explain, mayā tatam idaṁ sarvaṁ jagad avyakta-mūrtinā (BG 9.4). "I am everywhere." God is not only within, but without. But we have to see Him. We must have the eyes to see Him. God is everywhere. Mayā tatam idaṁ sarvam. Everywhere. God is everywhere. So we have to qualify ourself how to talk with God, how to see God. Otherwise God is present everywhere.

Lady guest: How does one surrender to Kṛṣṇa?

Devotee: How does one surrender to Kṛṣṇa?

Prabhupāda: Surrender to Kṛṣṇa whatever you possess. What you possess? You possess your body, you possess your mind and, it may be, you possess a home, wife, children or husband, children. This is our possession. So when we surrender, "My dear Lord, whatever I have got... I have got this body, I have got little mind, speculation, and some..., a home or husband, wife, children—everything surrendered to You." Mānasa deho geho, jo kichu mora, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura says. We don't possess much. We possess whatever God has given us, little. So anyway, "Whatever we possess, everything is surrendered to You without any reservation." That is surrender.

Indian guest: This surrender is made or it happens?

Prabhupāda: You are already surrendered, but you are surrendered to the police of God. Just like a citizen: he has to surrender. He has to surrender to the police or to the government. If he surrenders to the government, then he hasn't got to the police custody in jail. So instead of surrendering to Kṛṣṇa, we have surrendered to His māyā. And the māyā is punishing us.

    daivī hy eṣā guṇamayī
    mama māyā duratyayā
    mām eva ye prapadyante
    māyām etāṁ taranti
    (BG 7.14)

So if you want to get relief from the punishment of this māyā, then you surrender to Kṛṣṇa. Your position is to surrender, either this side or that side.

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Melbourne, April 22, 1976)

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