ABSOLUTE TRUTH ACCORDING TO SHRI KRISHNA – 1

We will see what is absolute truth and how is it described by Shri Krishna.

Lets look at the following verse:

manuā sahasreu

kaścid yatati siddhaye

yatatām api siddhānā

kaścin mā vetti tattvata

In this verse Shri Krishna explains that only one out of many thousand men desire to seek perfection. Further on he says that out of the thousands who have achieved perfection there is only one who knows me in truth. This verse explains that there are many people who endeavour for achieving perfection by indulging in various yogas, but there are only some who are successful in recognising the impersonal brahman and only few who can seek the universal truth i.e. Shri Krishna.

Let’s look at another verse:

bhūmir āpo ‘nalo vāyu

kha mano buddhir eva ca

ahakāra itīya me

bhinnā praktir aṣṭadhā

This verse tells us that earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego are 8 different material energies of the Lord. There are 3 different plenary expansions of the Lord.

  1. Maha-Vishnu- The total material energy.
  2. Garbhodakshyayi Vishnu- Who creates diversities among everyone.
  3. Kshirodakshayayi Vishnu- Who is the supersoul in all the universes.
The 5 things mentioned above namely Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether are the creations of God which are sensed by us using our materialistic senses. The last three things namely Mind, Intelligence and False Ego are the mental activities which also lead to dillusion. These all things are just offshoot’s from Krishna’s energies and are his separated materialistic energies.
Let’s look at another verse as given below:

apareyam itas tv anyā

prakti viddhi me parām

jīva-bhūtā mahā-bāho

yayeda dhāryate jagat

In this verse Shri Krishna explains that apart from his inferior nature which includes matter which is manifested in different forms using elements such as fire, earth, water, ether, air, mind, intelligence and false ego, there is also another side which is his superior energy which controls all the matter and the entire cosmos. Without his superior energy the cosmos cannot function.

Another verse explains this idea further:

etad-yonīni bhūtāni

sarvāīty upadhāraya

aha ktsnasya jagata

prabhava pralayas tathā

In this verse the great lord tells to Arjun that anything that is present in this universe whether materialistic or spiritual has it’s origin as well as dissolution in him. Everything comes out of him and at last goes into him.

Let’s look at the next verse:

matta paratara nānyat

kiñcid asti dhanañjaya

mayi sarvam ida prota

sūtre mai-gaā iva

In this verse he explains that there is no truth superior to Lord Krishna. Everything is present in him like the pearls are strung on a thread. He tells that there is nothing superior to him and everything exists upon him.

Lets look at the next verse:

raso ‘ham apsu kaunteya

prabhāsmi śaśi-sūryayo

praava sarva-vedeu

śabda khe paurua nṛṣu

In this verse he tells that he is the taste in water, the light in the Sun and the Moon, he is OM in the Vedic hymns. He is the all pervading sound and he is the ability in a man. It is due to him that the sun and the moon have light. OM is the representation of Shri Krishna which is spoken before every Vedic mantra(hymn).

Let’s look at the next verse:

puyo gandha pthivyā ca

tejaś cāsmi vibhāvasau

jīvana sarva-bhūteu

tapaś cāsmi tapasviu

In this verse Shri Krishna explains that he is the aroma of the earth as well as the heat in the fire. It’s due to him that life exists within every living being and he is the penance of ascetics.

Stay tuned for part 2.

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