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Krishna - The Singular Supreme Personality of Godhead


The Upanishads say : na tat samas chabhyadhikas cha drishyate "No one is equal to or superior to God. Lord Krishna also says, mattah parataram nanyat "There is no truth superior to Me." (Bhagavad-gita 7.7) Another characteristic of God is that He has nothing to do. In the material world, when a man is considered very important, he always has a great number of things to do. The President of the U.S. is considered to be the supreme person in the world, but as soon as there is some disturbance in say central Europe, he im­mediately has to call a meeting to consider how to deal with the situation. In the Vedic literatures, however, we find that God has nothing to do (na tasya karyam karanam cha vidyate).


In this respect it is interesting to note that once a European tleman carne to Calcutta and visited various temples. He noted that in tne temP'e °f goddess Kali, the deity had a very fero-•ious form, with a chopper in hand, cutting off the heads of de­mons and wearing them as garlands. In other temples he saw the deity engaged in similar activities, but when he came to the Radha-Krishna temple, he said, "I find that in this temple there is God." When asked how he concluded this, he said, "In every temple I saw that the deity was doing something, but here I see that God is simply playing a flute and enjoying Himself. He ob­viously has nothing to do."This is a very intelligent conclusion; indeed, it is the Vedic conclusion.


God is always the Supreme; God never has to meditate to be­come God. Nowadays, it is becoming fashionable for people to claim that they are becoming God by meditation. In other words, they say that God meditates and, by His meditation, He becomes God. This is all nonsense. God is God, He was always God, and He will always be God. Even as an infant in the lap of His mother Krishna is God. No meditation, austerity or penance was required for Him to become God. While Krishna is playing with His boy­friends, He is God; while He is dancing, He is God; while He is fighting at Kurukshetra, He is God; while He is married to His queens, He is God; and while He is speaking, He is God. Krishna showed that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in so many ways even when He was a small child. Once, when His friends accused Him of having eaten mud, His mother, Yashodamai, asked Him to open His mouth. When she looked into His mouth, she saw the entire universe- all the direc­tions, the mountains, the islands, oceans, seas, planets, air, fire, moon and stars. In this universe she also saw herself- looking into Krishna's mouth.


This pastime shows that the whole universe was within ^nshna, even when He was a small child. In other words, He is alvvays God.But despite so much evidence proving that Krishna is alvvav God. still there is a class of people who consider Him to be an ordinary person. In this connection. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita that only fools cannot understand Him to be the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all creation.


avajananti mam mudha   manushim tanum ashritam

param bhavam ajananto   mam bhuta-maheshvaram


"Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be.'' {Bhagavad-gita 9.11)


This is vividly illustrated in a pastime from the Mahabharata.Before the Kurukshetra war, out of love for His devotees, the Pandavas, Lord Krishna took the humble role of a peace messenger and went to meet Duryodhana. He proposed to Duryodhana, "The Pandavas have now finished their term in the forest, as per your conditions. Therefore it is your duty to return Hastinapur back to them." When Duryodhana refused, Krishna made another proposal, "If you don't want to part with Hastinapura, give the Pandavas at least five villages so that they may rule. After all, they are kshatriyas; therefore they cannot live by any way other than by ruling." Duryodhana defiantly replied. "Impossible! I will not give them enough land to even put the tip of a needle through. Let them do whatever they want."  On hearing this, Lord Krishna replied, "Then the Kurukshetra war is inevitable."


Thus Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, made a most humble and reasonable request to Duryodhana. But far from appreciating and reciprocating with the Lord's kind­ness, Duryodhana argued with and offended the Lord. And as if that were not enough, he even tried to arrest Lord Krishna. When the Lord exhibited His gigantic universal form, everyone in the court was awe-struck and they all immediately offered respects. But Duryodhana persisted with his defiance towards the Lord and said that Krishna was merely displaying some yogic pow­ers.

Thus inspite of having the personal darshana of the all-attrac­tive form of Shyamsundara Krishna and inspite of beholding Krishna's awesome universal form, still Duryodhana could not understand the greatness of Krishna. This is because he thought that Krishna was an ordinary human being.