Chapter 10 - Lord Krishna
Sri Krishna-The Supreme Personality of Godhead
Krishna is God, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the original and primeval person who is
simultaneously expanded everywhere throughout existence and yet is still situated in His eternal abode in His
original, transcendental form. He is the all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-merciful being. He is the chief
eternal living entity amongst all eternal living entities who are His parts. He is responsible for fulfilling all the
desires of the subordinate living entities since time immemorial.
Krishna is the original name for God. Krishna has many other names according to the country, culture, and
language of different peoples. To the Jews He is Yahweh, to the Christians He is Jehovah, to
the Muslims He is Allah. To all He is God, the Supreme Being.
Some people think that God is the Brahman, or the formless and eternal manifestation of
spiritual energy. They say everything is one and God is therefore everything and everything
is therefore God. Devotees of the Lord, called Vaishnavas, accept that Krishna is not only
the Brahman but a person. We do not say that Krishna is a person like you or me; on the
contrary, He is the supreme Person who is all-powerful and unlimited, whereas we living
entities are in every way limited. Krishna is the infinite source of all living beings and we are
His eternal infinitesimal parts and parcels.
"I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who perfectly
know this engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts."
-Bhagavad Gita 10.8
Krishna possesses all good qualities. He is Bhagavan! He possesses all opulent
qualities in the infinite degree. He is the most beautiful personality. Since He is
the Supreme, He has the supreme form and personality. No one is more beautiful
or attractive than He. Krishna attracts everyone. Therefore He is called Krishna,
the all-attractive one. Except for the liberated souls, everyone in the material
world is attracted by Cupid. But Krishna is so attractive that He not only attracts
the liberated souls but He attracts Cupid as well. Krishna is the strongest
personality. By His desire alone all the universes are created and destroyed by
one portion of a portion of His personal form. He can do anything and
everything as He likes. Krishna is also the wealthiest person since all wealth in
all worlds everywhere come from Him. Everything animate and inanimate
within all creation is owned and controlled by the Lord, who is the actual
provider of everything. One who knows this perfectly well never claims
anything as his own but uses everything in the service of the Lord.
Krishna is the most learned personality for He possesses all knowledge.
As He describes in the Bhagavad Gita 7.26- "O Arjuna, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, I know everything
that has happened in the past, all that is happening in the present, and all things that are yet
to come. I also know all living entities; but Me no one knows...."
There is nothing in existence outside of Krishna since everything is the energy of Krishna,
and therefore there is nothing He cannot know at any time. He is also existing within the
hearts of all living entities as the Supersoul and therefore He
knows everything which they do or desire.
No one is more famous than God. Although people of this world know Him in His different forms and names,
everyone is aware of the Lord. Some know about Him by worshiping Him in love and service, and some know
Him by negating His existence (the atheists) but everyone knows about God. Someone may be famous for
some years on this Earth planet, but he certainly may not be known on other planets or at other historical
times. Krishna, God, is known in all planets in all universes throughout all time.
And finally, Krishna is the most renounced personality. He is not attached
to anything in this world. The only thing which can bind Him is the loving
devotional service of His devotees. And even then, if it will expand the
devotee's love, He is capable of temporarily renouncing them as well, as
He did with the gopis in the famous rasa dance in Vrindavan.
Sometimes God appears in this world just to show the people His original,
eternal form. Sometimes He appears in other forms according to the
requirements of His pastimes. More than 5,000 years ago, Krishna
appeared in His original, transcendental form just to please His devotees,
annihilate the miscreants, and reestablish the principles of religion. During
this time on Earth, the Lord spoke Bhagavad-gita, which is one of the most
famous books on this planet. In this literature, He gives the practical
method to attain devotional service to His lotus feet.
The perfection of life is to attain pure, loving devotional service to the
Lord. This is the real goal of all living entities. When one is perfected after
a life of pure service, often attained after many, many births and deaths of
endeavoring to attain real knowledge, one becomes eligible to go back to
the spiritual world, the eternal abode of the Lord, which is far beyond the
material realm of birth, death, old age and disease.
This verse from the Brahma Samhita describes the nature of Sri Krishna. The Brahma Samhita is Lord
Brahma's (the creator of this universe) treatise on Krsna and the spiritual world.
ishvaraha parama krishnaha
Translaton : Krsna who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead.
He has an eternal, blissful, spiritual body.
He is the origin of all. He has no other origin
and He is the prime cause of all causes.
anadir adi govindaha