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“Yes, a spiritual master must have seen Krishna. Without seeing, he cannot be spiritual master.”

“Yes, a spiritual master must have seen Krishna. Without seeing, he cannot be spiritual master.”

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Srila Prabhupada - Lecture BG 04.34-39 - Los Angeles

Excerpt from a lecture on Bhagavad-gita 4.34-39
by Srila Prabhupada – Los Angeles, January 12, 1969

[… from 39:21 min onwards]

तद्विद्धि प्रणिपातेन परिप्रश्नेन सेवया ।
उपदेक्ष्यन्ति ते ज्ञानं ज्ञानिनस्तत्त्वदर्शिनः ॥ ४.३४ ॥

tad viddhi praṇipātena paripraśnena sevayā
upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ jñāninas tattva-darśinaḥ

Just like if you want to study particular subject matter, you have to approach a realized person, a perfect person. Then you get. “The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.” One who has not seen the truth, he cannot.

Now, one may question, “Whether you have seen Kṛṣṇa?” So how Kṛṣṇa can be seen?

‘Yes. A spiritual master must have seen Krishna. Without seeing, he cannot be spiritual master.’

But how Kṛṣṇa can be seen? Kṛṣṇa can be seen by love. Premāñjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena (Bs. 5.38).

Premāñjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena santaḥ sadaiva hṛdayeṣu vilokayanti. Just like if you are in love with somebody, you can see him constantly — he is always on your eyes, anyone you love — so similarly, Kṛṣṇa also can be seen by development of love. Otherwise, how we can see Kṛṣṇa? He is so great, unlimited. Your eyes, your senses, are all limited. You cannot see the unlimited by your limited sense perception. But you can see… Not you can see, but svayam eva sphuraty adaḥ (CC Madhya 17.136).

When you are developed in the sense of love of Godhead, then He reveals unto you. Therefore you can see.

[…] Without seeing Kṛṣṇa, your eyes are blind, your senses are imperfect. Therefore it is said that “Self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.”

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