Giriraj Swami : A guest asked, “If everything comes from Krishna, then illusion also comes from Krishna. But how can illusion, which comes from Krishna, cover Krishna?” Srila Prabhupada replied, “Everything comes from the sun. The cloud also comes from the sun, but the cloud doesn’t actually cover the sun. The cloud covers our vision of the sun, but the sun is never covered.” Then I asked, “There are so many swamis and yogis. Each one presents a different method of self-realization, and each one claims that his method is best. How can I know which one is actually best?” Srila Prabhupada replied by asking another question. He said, “What is your goal? Do you want to become God, or do you want to serve God? If you want to become God that means that right now you’re not God. How can not-God become God? God is always God. Krishna is God. He never has to become God by meditation or yoga. When He is playing on the lap of mother Yasoda, He’s God. When He is speaking Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, He’s God. He’s always God. He never has to become God. You can become godly, but you cannot become God. God is in your heart, and He is ready to help you. If you sow the seed of service to God, then God will give fresh air and sunlight to make that seed grow. Water the seed by chanting. God is within you. He’s in your heart. He’s ready to help you if you want to serve Him. But if you want to become God, why should God help the competition?