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Relationship of Krishna and the Demigods
There is a great misconception about the gods or demigods of this materia] world, and men of less intelligence, although passing as great scholars, take these demigods to be various forms of the Supreme Lord. Actually, the demigods are not different forms of God, but they are God's different parts and parcels. God is one, and the parts and parcels are many. The Vedas say, nityo nityanam: God is one. ishvarah paramah krishnah. The Supreme God is one - Krishna - and the demigods are all living entities (nityanam) endowed with different grades of material power to manage this material world. They cannot be equal to the Supreme God - Narayana, Vishnu or Krishna. The demigods are all servants of the Vishnu tattva.
In the Vedic scriptures, anyone who thinks that God and the demigods are on the same level is called an atheist, or pashandi. Even the great demigods like Brahma and Shiva cannot be compared to the Supreme Lord. In fact, the lotus feet of the Lord are honored by powerful demigods like Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma. (... .shiva virinci nutam... Shrimad Bhagavatam 11.5.33). Similarly in the Rig Veda (1.22.20)), it is said: om tad vishnum paramam padam sada pasyanti surayah "The lotus feet of Lord Vishnu are the supreme objective of all the demigods." Also in the Shrimad Bhagavatam (12.13.1), it is said, yam brahma varunendra rudra marutah stunvanti divyai stavai.... "All the demigods like Brahma, Varuna, Rudra and Maruts glorify Krishna with choice poetry." The shruti mantras glonty the Supreme Per-,,'ni v of Godhead. Krishna, as follows:
tarn ishvaranam paramam maheshwaram tam daivatanam paramam ca daivatam
patim patinam paramam parastad vidama devam bhuvanesham idyam
•'The Supreme Lord is the controller of all other controllers, and He is the greatest ol all the diverse planetary leaders. Everyone is under His control. All entities are invested with particular power only by the Supreme Lord; they are not supreme themselves. He is also worshipable by all demigods and is the supreme director of all directors. Therefore, He is transcendental to all kinds of material leaders and controllers and is worshipable by all. There is no one greater than Him, and He is the supreme cause of all causes." (Svetashvatara Upanishad 6.7)