15.15 – Krishna’s inner presence is to coach us, not catch us

by July 19, 2013

“Krishna is present in my heart. That means he has the best vantage point to catch all the wrongs that I do.” If such fears bother us, that’s usually because we have mistakenly divorced Krishna’s inner presence from his overall purpose.

Such a mistake may happen because we may carry into our devotional life past conceptions of God as a strict judge. Or we may project on to Krishna our past unpleasant experiences with a nagging elder.

To prevent such misconceptions, Gita wisdom integrates the fact of Krishna’s indwelling presence into an endearing vision of God as the supremely loving and lovable person. Krishna loves us so much that he descends repeatedly for inviting us to his personal abode for a life of eternal love. And he share Gita wisdom to explain the supreme glory of divine love and the ultimate futility of everything else.

To help us assimilate this message of love he becomes our constant inner companion, as the Bhagavad-gita (15.15) indicates. His purpose is not to catch us when we do wrong, but to coach us for doing right. He desires the best for us – even more than we desire it for ourselves. The only catching he looks forward to do is to protect us when we fall,  just as a loving parent expertly catches a beloved child who is about to fall.

He coaches us through flashes of inspiration and through the voice of conscience regularly. More importantly, when we show him our intention to love him, he transforms life into a living classroom wherein the events of daily life become demonstrations of spiritual truths.

Life with such a loving coach is a life of ever-growing wisdom and ever-deepening devotion – a life worth cherishing, not at all a life worth fearing.


I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.


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