“How can we describe God or understand His glories? It is not possible. God is unlimited. Regardless of our finite limitations, however, we can express our own feelings and say, “My God, my Lord.” This will be accepted. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu teaches us to pray in this way:
ayi nanda-tanuja kinkaram
patitam mam visame bhavambudhau
krpaya tava pada-pankaja-
“O son of Maharaja Nanda, I am Your eternal servitor, and although I am so, somehow or other I have fallen in the ocean of birth and death. please, therefore, pick me up from this ocean of death and fix me as one of the atoms at Your lotus feet.” (Siksastaka 5)
This should be the standard of prayer; we should only want to be placed as one of the atoms at Krishna’s lotus feet to render service unto Him. Everyone is praying to God with some interest, but even if we pray to God, “Give me some money, give me some relief, a nice house, a nice wife, or nice food,” that is also good.
Yet this is not to the standard of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s prayer. Our only prayer should be that the Lord enable us to serve Him birth after birth. Our prayer should be, “Dear Lord, You are so great that I want to engage in Your service. I have been serving all these rascals, and I am not satisfied. Now I have come to You. please engage me in Your service.”
This is the last word in prayer. Some people complain that when they pray to God they do not feel His presence. We should know that this is due to our incapacities, not God’s. There are two conceptions of presence–the physical conception and the vibrational conception. The physical conception is temporary, whereas the vibrational conception is eternal.
When we enjoy or relish the vibration of Krishna’s teachings in Bhagavad-gita, or when we chant Hare Krishna, we should know that by those vibrations He is immediately present. He is absolute, and because of this His vibration is just as important as His physical presence.
When we feel separation from Krishna or the spiritual master, we should just try to remember their words of instructions, and we will no longer feel that separation. Such association with Krishna and the spiritual master should be association by vibration, not physical presence.
That is real association. We put so much stress on seeing, but when Krishna was present on this earth, so many people saw Him and did not realize that He is God; so what is the advantage of seeing? By seeing Krishna, we will not understand Him, but by listening carefully to His teachings, we can come to the platform of understanding.
We can touch Krishna immediately by sound vibration; therefore we should give more stress to the sound vibration of Krishna and of the spiritual master–then we’ll feel happy and won’t feel separation.”