Radhanath Swami: To connect to the Divine presence of God within ourselves and within everything that exists cannot be done with our senses, no matter what microscopes or telescopes we use, no matter how many degrees we have or how many books we memorize. Our sciences may be very helpful in dealing with the temporary problems of this material world, but to actually connect to the Divine—according to all of the great saints throughout the ages—the bridge is faith; not blind faith but real substantial faith. Through this faith we can see, we can hear, and we can feel the Divine within ourselves, in every other living being, and in everything that exists. But where does that faith come from? It is within our hearts, and it is awakened when we associate with saintly people who have that faith.
Krishna explains that He manifests within this world especially through the hearts and the lives of those who love Him. Therefore it is said that even a moment’s association with a person who really loves the Divine is more precious than anything else in creation. That association awakens that hope, hope in the infinite love of God. It can awaken that faith which is preliminary to actually follow the path that God has given us for enlightenment.