What I mean is.. the final goal which we bhakts seek is just a glimpse of the particular God we are devotee of... As the folklores keep on mentioning instances of thousands of divine lovers and bhakts lastly meeting God and getting boons ... The present day yogi's deny the same for numerous reasons. Their point is all about finding the true nature of your own self and becoming enlightened!

  • Yes in medidation inside you but for that you need saranagathi.. Need a correct preceptor Guru and mantra deeksha.. and pure love of God.. may be daily ganga snanha worshiping the rishis and muni and doing pooja lot of things are required this is called atma sakshatkara..
    – Prasanna R
    Jan 2 '20 at 5:05
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    No one has been able to see him as of yet. If you do please let me know.
    – Wikash_
    Feb 1 '20 at 9:12
  • You must become austrial body to see God when and how long you wish to see. Feb 3 '20 at 13:59
  • Finding a glimpse of a mere (mythological) avatar is your goal? Your goal should be unification with the iswar!
    – Wikash_
    Jul 3 '20 at 6:31
  • @Wikash_ "Finding" a glimpse is not my concern, I asked whether is it possible that Lord Krishna may reveal himself to his devotees in present day world..
    – Fancy-Toon
    Jul 9 '20 at 13:43

The following is an excerpt from the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Miss Umadevi, a Polish lady convert to Hinduism, asked Sri Bhagavan:

I once before told Sri Bhagavan how I had a vision of Siva at about the time of my conversion to Hinduism. A similar experience recurred to me at Courtallam. These visions are momentary. But they are blissful.

I want to know how they might be made permanent and continuous. Without Siva there is no life in what I see around me. I am so happy to think of Him. Please tell me how His vision may be everlasting to me.

M.: You speak of a vision of Siva. Vision is always of an object. That implies the existence of a subject. The value of the vision is the same as that of the seer. (That is to say, the nature of the vision is on the same plane as that of the seer.)

Appearance implies disappearance also. Whatever appears must also disappear. A vision can never be eternal. But Siva is eternal.

So getting the vision of the God, in a form like Shiva or Krishna or Rama, etc, is possible after devotion, prayers with pure heart, but they will be momentary.

A permanent BLISS is what should be sought for, which is beyond having the vision of the God.

  • Are such visions real..like one point of view is that one can't have an idea of something one has never been given access to.. since our mind is only capable of reproducing images from the ton of information it has gathered over the past .. so most probably the krishna in ones vision is what he/she had already seen in a calendar.
    – Fancy-Toon
    Jul 11 '20 at 0:46
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    @Fancy-Toon: Sages like Sri Ramana Maharshi said that the visions either in dreams or during meditation are projections of our own intense feelings. So if one concentrates on the image of Sri Krishna, one may get vision of the same after the intensity of feeling reaches certain level Jul 11 '20 at 4:05
  • @srimannarayana_k_v Ya, I completely agree with this swami ji.. please tell me if what people call as darshan different from vision .. I believe it is.. where the supreme force reveal it's true self to the devotee, is it a possibility or just a myth?
    – Fancy-Toon
    Jul 11 '20 at 13:30
  • @Fancy-Toon: I think there is no difference between these 2 words - darshan and vision. One is Sanskrit word and another is English word. To be precise it is the outer appearance or manifestation of what had been till then in the inner side. Visions are not final stage, as per Sri Ramana Maharshi's teachings, yet they give enough encouragement to the aspirant to pursue in the field of spirituality further. Jul 11 '20 at 13:40

Yes, it is possible to get a vision of Lord Krishna even today in Kali yuga, but only if you are a soul dedicated to Him. When Lord Krishna see that you are a soul firmly grounded in faith dedicated and devoted to Him, He will reveal himself to you in some way, even in a vision or revelation of Him. But if you are not such a soul, He will not reveal himself to you. For such persons He will stay to be just a mythological figure from the story books of Hinduism, and just a dead stone of a statue standing on the altar in the Krishna mandir or temple. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita 7.25:

nāhaṁ prakāśaḥ sarvasya yoga-māyā-samāvṛtaḥ mūḍho ’yaṁ nābhijānāti loko mām ajam avyayam

I am never manifest (prakāśaḥ) to the foolish and unintelligent. For them I am covered by My internal potency, and therefore they do not know that I am unborn and infallible.

In this verse the Lord says that He is never manifest to some persons, which imply that He displays or manifest himself to some other persons.

We also learn from the Upanishads examples about this. One such example is in the Isha Upanishad, mantra 15:

hiraṇmayena pātreṇa satyasyāpihitaṁ mukham tat tvaṁ pūṣann apāvṛṇu satya-dharmāya dṛṣṭaye

O my Lord, sustainer of all that lives, Your real face (satyasya mukham) is covered by Your dazzling effulgence. Kindly remove that covering and exhibit Yourself (dṛṣṭaye) to Your pure devotee.

Here we see that a soul dedicated and devoted to the Lord, ie a devotee or bhakta of the Lord, is praying the Lord to reveal himself so that he can see his face, ie his personal form such as a form of Lord Krishna. A devotee (bhakta) of the Lord wants to get a vision of the Lord, and the Lord will reveal himself to a devotee but only to a sincere devotee firmly grounded in faith in the Lord. It is a Lord's choice to who he wants to reveal himself. That is confirmed in the Upanishads, see Srila Prabhupada's purport on the Bhagavatam 10.13.54 where he quoted Mundaka Upanishad verse which tells that the Lord chooses to who he wants to reveal himself:

yam evaiṣa vṛṇute tena labhyas tasyaiṣa ātmā vivṛṇute tanuṁ svām

He is obtained only by one whom He Himself chooses. To such a person, He manifests His own form. (Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad 3.2.3)

So, the Lord will reveal tanuṁ svām "his own form" to a devotee of his choice.

When finally the Lord reveals himself to his devotee it is said that the devotee becomes liberated. That is stated in the Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.9 (in some versions the verse number is 2.2.8):

bhidyate hṛdaya-granthiś chidyante sarva-saṁśayāḥ kṣīyante cāsya karmāṇi tasmin dṛṣṭe parāvare

The knot in the heart is pierced, all misgivings are cut to pieces, and the chain of fruitive actions is terminated when one sees the Supreme Lord everywhere, within all superior and inferior beings.

Here "The knot in the heart is pierced" indicate that the devotee becomes liberated from the false identification of himself with his body, ie he is liberated from the influence of ahaṅkāra or false ego, and "the chain of fruitive actions is terminated" indicate that the devotee becomes liberated from fruitive actions, ie karma. This Mundaka Upanishad verse is repeated two times in the Srimad Bhagavatam in verses 1.2.21 and also 11.20.30. Those two Bhagavatam verses differ from the Mundaka's verse only in the last part of the verse where Mundaka has tasmin dṛṣṭe parāvare. The word by word translation and explanation or purport of the verse is available at vedabase. The translation of the Mundaka Upanishad verse is available at vedabase in the purport to the Bhagavatam verse 10.87.35.

The verse quotations are available on vedabase at https://vedabase.io/en/

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