Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 86: Arjuna Kidnaps Subhadrā, and Kṛṣṇa Blesses His Devotees

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.86.47

hṛdi-stho 'py ati-dūra-sthaḥ


ātma-śaktibhir agrāhyo

'py anty upeta-guṇātmanām


hṛdiin the heart; sthaḥ — situated; api — although; ati — very; dūra-sthaḥ — far away; karma — by material activities; vikṣipta — disturbed; cetasām — for those whose minds; ātma — by one's own; śaktibhiḥ — powers; agrāhyaḥ — not to be taken hold of; api — although; anti — near; upeta — realized; guṇa — Your qualities; ātmanām — by whose hearts.


But although You reside within the heart, You are very far away from those whose minds are disturbed by their entanglement in material work. Indeed, no one can grasp You by his material powers, for You reveal Yourself only in the hearts of those who have learned to appreciate Your transcendental qualities.


The all-merciful Lord is in everyone's heart. Seeing Him there, however, is possible only when one's heart is completely purified. Materialists may demand that God prove His existence by coming into view as a result of their empirical investigations, but God has no need to respond to such impudence. As Lord Kṛṣṇa states in Bhagavad-gītā (7.25):

nāhaḿ prakāśaḥ sarvasya


mūḍho 'yaḿ nābhijānāti

loko mām ajam avyayam

"I am never manifest 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."

<<< >>>

Buy Online Copyright © The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, Inc.
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, Founder Ācārya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
His Holiness Hrdayananda dasa Goswami
Gopiparanadhana dasa Adhikari
Dravida dasa Brahmacari