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The Inconceivable Relation of Krishna with the Material World


Krishna is the Source of all Material Elements


Because we are in the material world, our material science is simply studying the material energy of Krishna. Physics, chemistry, light, sound - these are the subjects the scientists try to understand. But they do not know wherefrom the material elements come. In the Vedic literatures, especially the Shrimad-Bhagavatam it is said that the material energy is coming through the breathing of Maha-Vishnu, who is lying in the Causal Ocean. From the breathing there is sound. From the ether, the sound comes, the air comes, the fire comes, then water comes, then the earth comes. The earth is the last gross element in material science. Therefore Krishna says that the earth has come out of water. And water has come from fire. Fire has come from air. Air has come from ether, sky. Thus everything emerges from Krishna. This is scientific study. But the atheists do not know the background of creation to be God. They are thinking, "There was a chunk and there was something. That's all. Perhaps, it may be." No definite knowledge. But the Vedic literatures give definite knowledge about wherefrom these material elements come - from Krishna.


If Nature is Mother Krishna is the Father


If material nature is accepted as mother because she supplies grains, fruits, minerals, jewels etc, then Krishna is the father as He declares in the Bhagavad-gita(14.4) aham bija pradah pita "I am the seed-giving father." How can a mother produce without a father? Naturalists claim that everything is produced by nature; but the question is - whose nature? Krishna proclaims in the Bhagavad-gita(lA), bhinna me prakritir ashtadha "These eight elements of material nature are Mine." They did not suddenly appear by chance as some foolish people propose. They belong to Krishna and are manifested by Him and work under His supervision: maya adhyakshena prakritih (Bhagavad-gita 9.10)


How does Krishna control His Energies?


Because the material world is full of miseries, people wonder, "Did God create all this mess? There is so much greed, envy, competition and suffering here." Krishna is the source of both material and spiritual natures. Just because the prison house maintains rogues and thieves and the education department produces scholars one cannot consider that the prison house

does not belong to the government. Similarly, although the material world is filled with impious living entities and the spiritual world is full of swan-like devotees of God, both - the matenal world and the spiritual world - are the energies of God.


eka desha sthitasyagner jyotsna vistarini yatha

parasya brahmanah saktis tathedam akhilarh jagat


Whatever we see is simply an expansion of Krishna's energy. For example, consider a wealthy industrialist having many big factories. Although the factory belongs to the industrialist; it runs on by his energy, but you cannot find the industrialist there. He just sits in his room and pushes a button and everything goes on. Similarly, goloka eva nivasaty ahhildtma-bhuto (Brahma Samhita 5.37). Krishna is in His abode with Radharani enjoying playing on His flute and everything is done by His energies, pardsya saktir vividhaiva sruyate (Chaitanya Charitamrita Madhya 13.65, purport). This is a Vedic injunction.


Krishna's energy is acting in such a perfect way that we see it to be automatic. For example, just by pushing a button here on an electronic machine like a fax, it immediately responds five thousand miles away. We have discovered this scientific method. Similarly Krishna has 'vividhaiva' button, 'pardsya saktir vividhaiva sruyate'. So simply by His willing, everything is being done. In the Bible it is said, "Let there be creation," and there was creation. Simply by this will, "Let there be creation," there is action of the energy of Krishna. But the energy is so subtle that it performs the action immediately, 'svabhdviki jnana-bala-kriyd ca'. Just by the will of Krishna, innumerable universes are created, millions of species and their residences are created, grains sprout from the earth, flowers blossom, seasons change, the sun and the moon rise on time, the rains shower to nourish all living beings etc. All these things happen as soon as there is Krishna's will.


We can take the simple example of a   flower.   Just   study  one flower   -   how   finely   it   is constructed.   The  botanist  can study that the veins are running in this way and the system is like this. But who has made the system - that is to be studied. It is not enough to simply study the superficial nature. When a flower grows, it does not come automatically. For example, we cannot throw some water-colors on a canvas and expect that to become a painting of a bunch of flowers. It requires the talent of an expert artist who can draw the flowers on a canvas. Similarly Krishna is the supreme artist behind the creation, but His energy is so perfect that it becomes done immediately.