TEXT 285
alingana kari' prabhu kaila asvasana
toma vina ei-rupa na dekhe anya-jana
SYNONYMS
alingana kari'-embracing him; prabhu—the Lord; kaila—did; asvasana—pacifying; toma vina—but for you; ei-rupa—this form; na—not; dekhe—sees; anya-jana—anyone else.
TRANSLATION
After embracing Ramananda Raya, the Lord pacified him, informing him, "But for you, no one has ever seen this form."
In the Bhagavad-gita (7.25) Lord Krsna states:
naham prakasah sarvasya
yoga-maya-samavrtah
mudho 'yam nabhijanati
loko mam ajam avyayam
"I am never manifest to the foolish and unintelligent. For them I am covered by My internal potency [yogamaya], and so they do not know Me, who am unborn and infallible."
The Lord always reserves the right of not being exposed to everyone. The devotees, however, are always engaged in the service of the Lord, serving with the tongue by chanting the Hare Krsna mantra and tasting maha-prasada. Gradually the sincere devotee pleases the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the Supreme Lord reveals Himself. One cannot see the Supreme Lord by making personal efforts. Rather, when the Lord is pleased by the service of a devotee, He reveals Himself.

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