Srila Narottama dasa Thakura explains that one can see Vrndavana when his mind is completely free from material anxieties and desires, visaya chariya kabe suddha habe mana, kabe hama herabo sri-vrndavana: (Lalasamayi-prarthana). “Vrndavana is actually experienced as it is by persons who have stopped trying to derive pleasure from material enjoyment.” (Cc Adi) “If you come from anywhere by train or airplane and see Vrndavana,” said Srila Prabhupada, “That is not seeing Vrndavana.” (SPT Vrn.75/89)
“We should take shelter of Gaura-Nitai and become cleansed of the desire for eating, sleeping and mating. There are many devotees who have left their families and come to Vrndavana, giving up all material desires and completely depending on Krsna. They are not disturbed even by heat and cold. If you avoid offenses, you will see Vrndavana.” (Srila Prabhupada, LSM)
“With the eyes of love of Godhead one can see Vrndavana’s real identity as the place where Lord Krsna performed His pastimes with the cowherd boys and girls.” (Cc Adi 5.21) “The devotees, who attain perfection in devotion (siddha-vastha) are blessed with the vision of the divine lila of Krsna and His associates even while staying in these dhamas in their present bodies.” (PRC)
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura eloquently explains how to see Krsna. “When Krsna manifested Himself in Vrndavana, both the devotees and the non-devotees saw Him with their very eyes, but only the devotees cherished Him, eternally present in Vraja, as the priceless jewel of their hearts. Nowadays, also the devotees see Krsna in Vraja in their hearts, saturated with devotion. Although they do not see Him with their eyes.
“The eye of the devotee is nothing but the eye of the pure unalloyed self of the jiva. The form of Krsna is visible to that eye in proportion to its purification by the practice of devotion. When the devotion of the neophyte reaches the stage of bhava-bhakti, the pure eye is tinged with the salve of love by the grace of Krsna, which enables him to see Krsna face to face.” (BS 5.38p.)
The acaryas say that one can experience Vrndavana by sincerely and purely chanting the gayatri mantra. “Within the splendid ocean of light manifested in the bija syllable (klim) of the kama-gayatri mantra, the sweet abode named Vrndavana is manifest. Vrndavana is filled with very wonderful spiritual variety. Everything there is wonderful. Everything there is effulgent with the sweetest nectar. Vrndavana is the form of the kama-gayatri bija and the bliss of transcendental pastimes.” (VM)
~ HG GaurangaSundar Das