: What is the path available to a sincere seeker of truth? Not all the Vedas, the books, the philosophy, etc., are really capable of imparting the realisation of truth, Jnana.

The Bhagavad Gita makes this fact absolutely explicit with regard to these esoteric matters. Lord Krishna first describes the attitude of the person in search of truth — constant effort, humility, and service to the great realised souls and then states that truth is obtained only from such realised souls who are witnesses to it. In a lecture, Srimati Jaya Srinivasan said that the ability to perceive the Lord in all aspects of creation is the highest state of realisation and Saint Tulsi Das was blessed to be in that realised state. He always beheld the all pervasiveness of Lord Rama in his heart at all times.

It is believed that in Treta Yuga, when Rama and Lakshmana were totally at a loss in the woods after Sita had been taken away by Ravana, Rama gives vent to the pangs of separation from Sita and begins to ask the trees in Panchavati, the waters of the Godavari, etc., if they had seen Sita. At that time, Lord Siva and Sati came to Dandakaranya and saw this scene filled with pathos. Siva paid obeisance to Rama and Sati then wondered why he did so.

To her, Rama appeared as an ordinary man pining for his lost wife. Siva divined Sati's doubt and wished she should obtain the knowledge of truth. Sati appeared before Rama as Sita but Rama did not react as if He had seen Sita. He instead identified her as Sati and enquired about Siva. Sati understood the all pervasive Rama/Sita Truth. She prostrated at His feet.

Rama also made her realise that Sita was never separated from Him and that this display of human emotions is a part of His Lila for the sake of suffering humanity to learn to cope with the challenges of life that an individual faces as a result of his past Karma. Divine experience is a unique one and the realised souls cherish and revel in this. Prahlada implicitly believed in God's all pervasiveness and tried to convince his father. In his perception, the Lord dwelt as much in him as in his father or in the pillar.