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Why is Krishna Superior to Impersonal Brahman?

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Why is Krishna Superior to Impersonal Brahman?

Postby backtohome » Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:02 am

Question: Why is Krishna Superior to Impersonal Brahman?

I hope I can present this question respectfully. On June 17th's post you say that it is more intelligent to know Krishna is the Parabrahman than to think that the impersonal form of the Brahman is. I don't understand why this is so, but am endeavoring to understand. Any light you can shed on this will be greatly appreciated (the more the better). Either way I and many others applaud your efforts at trying to guide life to a higher platform for all.

Nicholas

Answer: He is It's Source

Thank you very much for your sincere inquiry.

The source of something is naturally para, supreme, or superior to its manifestation because the manifestation is dependent on its manifesting source for its existence. In this connection Krishna is clearly described in the Bhagavad-gita as both the Parabrahman and as the source of the impersonal Brahman.

He is clearly described as the Parabrahman, the Supreme Brahman, in the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 10, Text 12. And it is clearly stated in Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 14, Text 27 that Krishna is the basis of the impersonal Brahman. Since Krishna is the origin of the impersonal Brahman, it is not para or supreme. Since Krishna is the origin of everything, He is the Parabrahman and His impersonal Brahman manifestation is not. The impersonal Brahman is the light or effulgence emanating from the Lord's transcendental body. Krishna is the source of that light or effulgence. This can be compared to a light bulb and the powerhouse. Of the light bulb and the powerhouse which is the supreme? The light bulb is dependent on the powerhouse for its illuminating power, therefore it cannot be the supreme.

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