“For one who sees Me everywhere and sees everything in Me, I am never lost, nor is he ever lost to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 6.30)
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यो मां पश्यति सर्वत्र
सर्वं च मयि पश्यति
तस्याहं न प्रणश्यामि
स च मे न प्रणश्यति
yo māṁ paśyati sarvatra
sarvaṁ ca mayi paśyati
tasyāhaṁ na praṇaśyāmi
sa ca me na praṇaśyati
1. In everywhere we go
Whether stuck at home:
“Just see how amazing God is. He has arranged everything for us. Though the government will not allow us to leave home at the moment, we have plenty of food and water. There is ample sunshine provided by nature. The light cracks through the windows in the morning, welcoming the new day.
“In fact, one of the Sanskrit words for the sun is dinakara, which means ‘maker of the day.’ God’s glory is all around. None of this would be possible without His influence. It is the most amazing thing to witness on a daily basis.”
Whether we are travelling the world:
“I recently visited a massive canyon. This is a popular tourist destination. No way any human being could have thought up something like that. Simply not possible. A few hours driving in the opposite direction, we came upon a densely wooded forest.
“The same person is responsible for both. Just see the duality to the world He creates. Opposing natures. Diverse interests. Changing desires. He accounts for everything, and without much effort.”
2. In everything we do
Whether stuck at the office:
“It is like a prison atmosphere. Some people joke that we are in daycare for adults. The higher-ups in the business decided that everyone must return to the office. I think the real reason is the real-estate costs, how much they are paying in rent, and so forth.
“Though I am stuck here for several hours at a time, it is kind of a blessing. No distractions from the outside world. No yelling spouse or children. No pressure to take care of other responsibilities. I can focus on a single task with minimal interruption. God is so kind upon me.”
Whether working outdoors:
“I spend the majority of the day outside. I like to work with my hands. There is a calming effect from nature. Whether the leaves are in full bloom or the autumn is upon us, the beauty is breathtaking. This is all God’s work. It is His creation. I am so fortunate to be able to experience it on a recurring basis.”
3. In every person we encounter
Whether the person is struggling in life:
“They are addicted to drugs and alcohol. It has taken a toll on their personal life. They are really struggling. While I feel empathy, while I want to help, I am reminded of God at the same time. His illusory energy creates this vision of hope through despair. Follow intoxication and everything will get better; except it doesn’t.
“People are well aware of the dangers, but they continue nonetheless. It is like they are under the control of a higher force. This is quintessential maya, and she is the dedicated servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”
Whether the person is saintly in nature:
“They will give up everything to see other people happy. They are not concerned with reputation, fame, or adoration. If no one knows of their charity work, there is nothing to regret. It is like they are confident that someone is watching all the time, that the higher authority remembers every good deed.
“These people are so amazing. I want to maintain their association all the time. They don’t receive any praise. I will try to correct that, with my modest efforts. The saintly people represent God on earth. Of this there is no doubt.”
These are but a few examples showing that it is indeed possible to see God all the time. This is the boon of the human existence. We do not have to be mired in depression and sadness. Loss and gain, victory and defeat, birth and death, and other conditions in duality are essentially the same. There is no real difference when analyzing in the long term.
To be in perpetual association of the Almighty facilitates rising above the dualities. It is a kind of second-birth. For this reason the cultured who accept the instruction of the higher authorities are known as dvija. They take a second birth into the spiritual discipline, and they are on the path to complete this lifetime successfully.
His presence to see,
Since everywhere is He.
Whether in joy or despair,
Of His influence aware.
Whether in heat or light,
His creation a magnificent sight.
In this way transcendence making,
Opportunity from everywhere taking.
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