By Niraj Bidawatka
“If God exists, I want to see Him. Can you show me God?” This is a classic argument put forward by the atheists who want to claim that since one cannot see God, He doesn’t exist. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swāmi Prabhupāda, the founder ācārya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) retorts, “Yes, we can show you God but you should have the eyes to see.”
He says that God is not such a cheap thing that you may wish to see Him and He will immediately oblige you by dutifully presenting Himself at your beck and call. When in order to secure a two-minute audience of the President of the country, you have to follow so many formalities, then how is it possible to see God, the President of all presidents, so very cheaply?
Since our eyes are material whereas Krishna, or God is pure spirit, we cannot see Him with our present material vision. In order to see God we have to spiritualise our vision because one can see Him only with spiritual eyes. Material senses have limitations, for instance our eyes cannot see objects that are very near or very far away as well as those that are too small or too big. When we can’t see a single bacterium with our naked eyes, how is it possible to see God who is transcendental to this material world.
It would be wrong reasoning to say, “Since I cannot see God, He does not exist.” It is similar to saying, “Since I don’t see bacteria and viruses, they don’t exist.” A layman may not be able to see the bacteria but there are expert scientists who can see them because they possess special eyes in the form of microscopes. Similarly, we may not be able to see God, but there are exalted devotee-saints who can see Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead because they possess love tinged spiritual eyes.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda is one such saint who informs us that everyone can spiritualize his or her eyes by chanting the holy name of God – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare. So if you want to see the all attractive Personality of Godhead, Śri Krishna then please chant His holy name.