Hare Krishna Prabhuji/Mataji 🙏 Dandavat Pranam. Please forgive me if I cause offense with my question. I am chanting 16 rounds Hare Krishna for 1 year now. I just started my 2nd reading of Bhagavad Gita as it is.
To give a summary of my background and childhood, I am a tamilian, my family are Iyer. Since childhood our family has always been very religious and praying to all devatas and I think I have visited almost all temples in the South India. Everyday we play Lalita Sahasranamam and Vishnu Sahasranamam at my home.
In my life I have met many Swamis and Pujaris and people who are spiritually elevated who similarly pray to many devatas and have dedicated their lives in serving the temple and respective devatas.
Some of them have had darshan of Lord Krishna or an Intimate vision of Lord Krishna and even a brief dealing with Lord Krishna. I have had such conversations with those elevated souls.
They do see Krishna as god but on same platform as other devatas. They see Lord Krishna as an avatar of Vishnu and not the other way around.
I was of the impression that Krishna only reciprocates if you completely surrender unto him as the supreme lord. But in India especially in south india you see worship of devatas and worship of Krishna as an avatar of Vishnu also gives people Krishn'a blessings and ultimately to some blessed people even of his Darshan.
How do I understand this? Are such spiritually elevated people also dear to Krishna and go to Goloka if they desire?