(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 22 September 2012, Durban, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 11.31.24-28)
It is said in the Bhagavatam that the pastimes of Krsna are covered by darkness and cannot be seen by the materialist. Krsna remains hidden from the materialists. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is eternally present in Dwarka but hidden from non-devotees. For non-devotees, Dwarka has been inundated. It has disappeared in the waves and they can no longer see it and there are some remnants at the bottom of the ocean… if you believe in that! But to see beyond that, the devotee is granted transcendental eyes,
santaḥ sadaiva hṛdayeṣu vilokayanti
yaṁ śyāmasundaram acintya-guṇa-svarūpaṁ, (Śrī Brahma-saṁhitā, verse 38).
He is given transcendental eyes, vilocanena; locanāḥ are eyes but vilocanena are special eyes! Blessed eyes which are more powerful and with premāñjana, the ointment of love.
So, in this way, with eyes anointed with transcendental love, one can see Krsna. Then one can see Dwarka, then one can see Krsna in Dwarka or in Vrndavana. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura said that the kirtan in Srivas Angam, in Mayapur, is still going on today. He said, “Some devotees can hear it directly and others hear it through the scripture.”
So if we are not in the category of the devotees who can see Krsna directly, who can hear Krsna directly, then we hear through the scriptures. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta said, “It is the same result if we simply hear through the scriptures.”
śṛṇvatāṁ sva-kathāḥ kṛṣṇaḥ
hṛdy antaḥ stho hy abhadrāṇi
vidhunoti suhṛt satām (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.17)
When we are hearing this transcendental sound vibration about Krsna, then the abhadrāṇi, the inauspiciousness in the heart is gradually removed!