Seeing Krishna in His Creation

Being absolute, Krishna and His creation are in a sense identical. Thus, powerful aspects of the creation are partial displays of His divine energies and opulence.

In the Bhagavad-gita, Arjuna asks Krishna how He can be seen. Krishna replies by pointing to various prominent things within His creation. By hearing Krishna’s responses and remembering Him in the ways He outlines, we can constantly think of Him. This purifying meditation qualifies us to return to Him.

Krishna says that His opulence is unlimited and thus we can see Him everywhere, from the great cosmic laws to the buds of a flower. Here's a sample of the many ways He suggests we can perceive His presence:

  • I am the taste of water
  • I am the light of the sun and moon
  • I am the consciousness of living beings
  • Of bodies of water I am the ocean
  • Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names
  • Of immovable things I am the Himalayas
  • Of weapons I am the thunderbolt

With philosophical insight, we can even see God in the apparently bad things that happen to us. By constitution, we souls can be fully satisfied and happy only when we're united with Krishna. He sends the miseries of this world so that we'll realize that we don't belong here. And His scriptures and representatives help us to see our suffering here as God's mercy on us.

"I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who perfectly know this engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts." –Sri Krishna, Bhagavad-gita 10.8