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
"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
-Bhagavad Gita 10.8
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
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
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
anadir adi govindaha
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.