Since Krishna is Overall, Why Compare Him Others?

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Since Krishna is Overall, Why Compare Him Others?

Postby backtohome » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:41 am

Question: Since Krishna is Overall, Why Compare Him Others?

Dear Guru Maharaja,

All glories to Srila Prabhupada,
All glories to Srila Guru Maharaja.

Sri Krishna is a Bhagavan, Adi Purusha and above all. This we understand and know by the scriptures and by the authorized representatives.

When we say, "Supreme Personality Of Godhead" we are comparing Krishna with something/somebody. Since Lord Krishna is overall, why we are comparing Him with others?

Tushar Raval


Answer: Krishna is Both Overall and Over All

"Supreme Personality of Godhead" is the English translation of the Sanskrit word "Bhagavan." It means who possesses all opulences in full, more than anyone else. Therefore to compare Krishna with all else is not incorrect. In this regard Sri Krishna states in the Bhagavad-gita:

mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat
kińcid asti dhanańjaya
mayi sarvam idaṁ protaṁ
sūtre maṇi-gaṇā iva

"O conqueror of wealth, there is no truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread."
--Bhagavad-gita 7.7

Krishna is not only "overall", or the sum total of everything. He is also "over all" or superior to everyone and everything else. This is the mysterious nature of God. He is simultaneously everything or overall and at the same time over all or beyond everything as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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