(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 September 2012, Pretoria, South Africa, Caitanya Caritamrta 12.120)

Transcribed by Brhat Mrdanga Das

meeting_godThere are so many yoga philosophies around that also came from India and part of that philosophy is impersonalism – to think that the living being can become God. This is widely spread. I was in New York and I met God. He was sitting on a park bench. He was old, one tooth was missing, but he revealed it to me. He told me, “I am God.”

So I said, “Oh! This is wonderful. After all these years I never thought I would see you face-to-face.”

So many years I have been chanting Hare Krsna. So many years I’ve been bowing down, but I never saw him and then suddenly unexpectedly in New York I saw him. He was well disguised… but you know, maybe he was, right!? So I said, “My dear Lord, of course I am very happy that you are revealing yourself to me, but I still have a little doubt in my heart, just little bit. Could you just give me a sign to show that you are really God?”

He said, “Yes, what would you like?”

I said, “Well, could you make those trees on the other side a little taller so that we could have some shade, that would be nice.”

He said, “What makes you think that God can do that?”

“Well, isn’t God almighty?”

He said, “That’s your definition.”

Then I told him, “Well what is your definition? That God is a toothless old man? Then anybody can be God!”

So yes, if we want to make anybody God, a toothless old man God or any weak human being God… what’s the point? You call everybody God but that doesn’t make you God.

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