"How can we describe God or understand His glories? It is not possible. God is unlimited. Regardless of our finite limitations, however, we can express our own feelings and say, 'My God, my Lord.' This will be accepted. Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu teaches us to pray in this way:

    ayi nanda-tanuja kiṅkaraṁ
    patitaṁ māṁ viṣame bhavāmbudhau
    kṛpayā tava pāda-paṅkaja-
    sthita-dhūlī-sadṛśaṁ vicintaya

'O son of Mahārāja Nanda, I am Your eternal servitor, and although I am so, somehow or other I have fallen in the ocean of birth and death. please, therefore, pick me up from this ocean of death and fix me as one of the atoms at Your lotus feet.' (Śikṣāṣṭaka 5)

This should be the standard of prayer; we should only want to be placed as one of the atoms at Kṛṣṇa’s lotus feet to render service unto Him. Everyone is praying to God with some interest, but even if we pray to God, 'Give me some money, give me some relief, a nice house, a nice wife, or nice food,' that is also good. Yet this is not to the standard of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s prayer. Our only prayer should be that the Lord enable us to serve Him birth after birth. Our prayer should be, 'Dear Lord, You are so great that I want to engage in Your service. I have been serving all these rascals, and I am not satisfied. Now I have come to You. please engage me in Your service.' This is the last word in prayer. Some people complain that when they pray to God they do not feel His presence. We should know that this is due to our incapacities, not God’s. There are two conceptions of presence—the physical conception and the vibrational conception. The physical conception is temporary, whereas the vibrational conception is eternal. When we enjoy or relish the vibration of Kṛṣṇa’s teachings in Bhagavad-gītā, or when we chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, we should know that by those vibrations He is immediately present. He is absolute, and because of this His vibration is just as important as His physical presence. When we feel separation from Kṛṣṇa or the spiritual master, we should just try to remember their words of instructions, and we will no longer feel that separation. Such association with Kṛṣṇa and the spiritual master should be association by vibration, not physical presence. That is real association. We put so much stress on seeing, but when Kṛṣṇa was present on this earth, so many people saw Him and did not realize that He is God; so what is the advantage of seeing? By seeing Kṛṣṇa, we will not understand Him, but by listening carefully to His teachings, we can come to the platform of understanding. We can touch Kṛṣṇa immediately by sound vibration; therefore we should give more stress to the sound vibration of Kṛṣṇa and of the spiritual master—then we’ll feel happy and won’t feel separation.

From Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam we understand that when Kṛṣṇa departed from this world, Arjuna was overwhelmed with sorrow, but when he began to remember the instructions of Bhagavad-gītā, he became pacified. Arjuna was Kṛṣṇa’s constant friend, so when Kṛṣṇa went to His abode, Arjuna was overwhelmed, but just by remembering His teachings he got relief from the pains of separation. Thus whenever we feel separation, it is best to remember the teachings. The teachings of Bhagavad-gītā were imparted to Arjuna for his happiness and for the happiness of all men. This is indicated by Kṛṣṇa, at the beginning of the Tenth Chapter, when He says:

    bhūya eva mahā-bāho
    śṛṇu me paramaṁ vacaḥ
    yat te ’haṁ prīyamāṇāya
    vakṣyāmi hita-kāmyayā

'Again, O mighty-armed Arjuna, listen to My supreme word, which I shall impart to you for your benefit and which will give you great joy.' (BG 10.1)

By hearing the words of Lord Kṛṣṇa and following them carefully, we will attain not only peace in the world, but the supreme peace (parāṁ śāntim). All that is required is that we seek refuge in the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa and render service unto Him by chanting His glories and pushing this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement in every town and village of the world. It is Kṛṣṇa’s promise that by such surrender peace and eternal life will come automatically.

    tam eva śaraṇaṁ gaccha
    sarva-bhāvena bhārata
    tat-prasādāt parāṁ śāntiṁ
    sthānaṁ prāpsyasi śāśvatam

'O scion of Bharata, surrender unto Him in all respects, so that by His mercy you can have transcendental peace and the eternal abode.' (BG 18.62)"

(Elevation to Krishna Consciousness, Chapter 4)
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