How to see Krishna even in the evil?

October 30, 2020 | Acharya Prashant

अनन्याश्चिन्तयन्तो मां ये जना: पर्युपासते।

तेषां नित्याभियुक्तानां योगक्षेमं वहाम्यहम्।।22।।

ananyāśh chintayanto māṁ ye janāḥ paryupāsate

teṣhāṁ nityābhiyuktānāṁ yoga-kṣhemaṁ vahāmyaham

Persons who, meditating on Me as non-separate, worship Me in all beings, to them thus ever zealously really engaged, I carry what they lack and preserve what they already have.

~ Chapter 9, Verse 22

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Questioner (Q): What does it mean to worship Krishna as non-separate or ‘ananya’ in all beings? I find it easy to see Krishna in animals, but I notice that I see the opposite of love, compassion and truth in other humans. I sense this is because my mind is dirty and unclean, so I see that in others.

Is the verse asking us to focus on what is loving, compassionate and truthful in other humans instead of focusing on what is not?

Acharya Prashant (AP): No, no, no. There is just too much of pop-spirituality in this question. All these notions that you are coming from have sprung up mostly in the last hundred years, since the advent of industrialization, and they all just rally against the one fundamental requirement for spirituality. It is called discretion. Discretion or ‘viveka’ is to differentiate between the temporal and the non-temporal, the true and the false, the deceptive and the reliable.

But if you do that, then the false is not left with a place to hide. Therefore, the forces of falseness all have penetrated spirituality to create a kind of neo-spirituality these days, in which all falsenesses are acceptable in the name of unconditional love or focusing on the positives and such things.

Real spirituality is about rejecting the false. Real spirituality, therefore, is uncompromising, harsh, ruthless. Just reject the false—that's what real spirituality is about.

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Acharya Prashant is an emerging champion of socio-spiritual awakening in the world today. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad, and a former Civil Services officer, Acharya Prashant is an acclaimed Speaker, Vedanta Teacher and author of over 50 books. Apart from that he wears various hats: a veganism promoter, an environmental activist, a science activist, a campaigner against superstition, and a champion of essential human freedom. Know More