There was an artist who had travelled far and wide and had built up for himself an extensive reputation. But so far he had not achieved access to Lord Krishna! As such he was anxious to seek approbation from Lord Krishna as well. With this view, one day he got an appointment with Lord Krishna, met Him and requested Lord Krishna to stay still, so that he could paint His picture.

He prepared the outline and told Krishna that he would complete the painting in a week’s time. Krishna knew the ego of the painter. After a week, the painter brought the finished portrait, covered with a white cloth. In Krishna’s presence, when he uncovered the painting, the painter himself was shocked at the lack of similarity between Krishna and the painting.

The painter was completely surprised and asked for a week’s time to get the job done. The painter tried several times but every time the result was equally disappointing. In complete frustration and total dejection, he wanted to leave the city and go away. When he was going away, sage Narada met him.

Narada told him that it was silly to attempt to paint the picture of Lord Krishna. The Lord has no fixed form and He can change His face every second. Narada advised,

“If you do want to paint Him, I will tell you a method which will enable you to do so.” Narada whispered something into the ear of the artist. Following the advice given by Narada, the painter came back, with a white cloth covering something and again approached Krishna and told Him that this time, He is welcome to change in any manner but the painting will look exactly like Him.

When the cloth was removed, Krishna saw only a mirror and the mirror produced an exact replica of Krishna. If therefore, you are imagining that God is like this or like that, it is not correct.

You cannot describe God and your attempts will fail. Make your mind clear and clean, fill it with love and devotion that will enable you to have the true vision of God.

Illustrations by
Sri Sathya Sai Balvikas Student (Group III)

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