Who is the Supreme ?

Chapter 7: Knowledge of the Absolute


mattah parataram nanyat kincid asti dhananjaya mayi sarvam idam protam sutre mani-gana iva


mattah—beyond Myself; parataram—superior; na—not; anyat—anything else; kincit—something; asti—there is; dhananjaya—O conquerer of wealth; mayi—in Me; sarvam—all that be; idam—which we see; protam—strung; sutre—on a thread; mani-ganah—pearls; iva—likened.


O conquerer of wealth [Arjuna], there is no Truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread. PURPORT There is a common controversy over whether the Supreme Absolute Truth is personal or impersonal. As far as Bhagavad-gita is concerned, the Absolute Truth is the Personality of Godhead Sri Krsna, and this is confirmed in every step. In this verse, in particular, it is stressed that the Absolute Truth is a person. That the Personality of Godhead is the Supreme Absolute Truth is also the affirmation of the Brahma-samhita: isvarah paramah krsnah sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah; that is, the Supreme Absolute Truth Personality of Godhead is Lord Krsna, who is the primeval Lord, the reservoir of all pleasure, Govinda, and the eternal form of complete bliss and knowledge. These authorities leave no doubt that the Absolute Truth is the Supreme Person, the cause of all causes. The impersonalist, however, argues on the strength of the Vedic version given in the Svetasvatara Upanisad: tato yad uttarataram tad arupam anamayam ya etad vidur amrtas te bhavanti athetare duhkham evapi yanti. "In the material world Brahma, the primeval living entity within the universe, is understood to be the supreme amongst the demigods, human beings and lower animals. But beyond Brahma there is the Transcendence who has no material form and is free from all material contaminations. Anyone who can know Him also becomes transcendental, but those who do not know Him suffer the miseries of the material world." The impersonalist puts more stress on the word arupam. But this arupam is not impersonal. It indicates the transcendental form of eternity, bliss and knowledge as described in the Brahma-samhita quoted above. Other verses in the Svetasvatara Upanisad substantiate this as follows: vedaham etam purusam mahantam aditya-varnam tamasah parastat tam eva vidvan amrta iha bhavati nanyah pantha vidyate ayanaya yasmat param naparam asti kincid yasmannaniyo na jyayo 'sti kincit "I know that Supreme Personality of Godhead who is transcendental to all material conceptions of darkness. Only he who knows Him can transcend the bonds of birth and death. There is no way for liberation other than this knowledge of that Supreme Person. "There is no truth superior to that Supreme Person because He is the supermost. He is smaller than the smallest, and He is greater than the greatest. He is situated as a silent tree, and He illumines the transcendental sky, and as a tree spreads its roots, He spreads His extensive energies." From these verses one concludes that the Supreme Absolute Truth is the Supreme Personality of Godhead who is all-pervading by His multi-energies, both material and spiritual.

How to defeat the onslaught of impersonalists?

How to strengthen our faith in Krishna ?

Was there anything existing before Krishna ?

If someone says scriptures are made by man, how to defeat this argument ?

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  • Sevak

    Hare Krsna

    How to defeat the onslaught of impersonalists ?

    By vaishnava behaviour and compassion. That is how Lord Chaitanya conquered 2 greatest impersonalists - Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya & Prakasananda Saraswati

    How to strengthen our faith in Krishna ?

    By serving those who have complete/strong faith in Krsna and exercising the faith that we already have on Krsna. 

    Was there anything existing before Krishna ?

    The concept of before, after means a person is speaking in the time dimension. Krsna is beyond time. Time is energy of Krsna and subservient to Krsna. (BG 10.30 )

    So Krsna is there before time also. Krsna is the original personality and source of all existence. There is no scope of existence before Krsna or there is no possibility of anything "before Krsna"

    If someone says scriptures are made by man, how to defeat this argument ?

    Scriptures predict the future. In Bhagavatam great personalities like Buddha and Chanakya are predicted thousands of  years before their actual appearance. It is not possible for ordinary mortals to do this. It means scriptures are beyond time and hence are coming from a perfect source. 
    Hare Krsna
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