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Anyone can declare themselves as God to cheat the innocent and less intelligent people. Prabhupada says that it is however not possible to cheat everyone for all times. One can cheat some for all times or all for sometime. We should learn how to differentiate ordinary humans from God. In the course of this detailed article, let us explore how Krishna stands out from others and why He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
A Brief of the Points we will cover
1. Krishna has appeared thousands of times in this and other universes and many times on this planet and other planets. This fact reflects upon his Eternal existence and Omnipotence. We cannot call a person God unless he has control over his own birth or rather an appearance.
2. Krishna declares that He has created all of the billions of universes with zillions of planets. He does not come to one significant planet (Earth) to suffer. He comes to enjoy a loving relationship with His devotees.
3. Krishna is most merciful and loving. Anyone who only gives one chance (one life), sanctions eternal suffering, or uses fear can never be called God.
4. Krishna attracts everyone towards Himself. The person thereby becomes free from the clutches of illusion and the cycle of repeated birth and death. He then becomes eligible to go back Home, back to Godhead. We cannot call someone God who cannot free one from material existence.
5. Krishna has six opulence in full. Beauty, knowledge, strength, wealth, fame, and renunciation.
6. Krishna is the well-wisher of all living beings and not just humans and not just from one community or nation.
7. Krishna is a person with a most beautiful spiritual form. Anyone who is average-looking has wrinkles or a beard can never be called God. These are the symptoms of a material body.
8. Krishna is a very creative author with complete knowledge. He has compiled thousands of books of knowledge. There are even humans who have compiled more than 50 books. Anyone who has compiled just a few books can never be called God.
9. Krishna is a responsible and intelligent communicator. He does not make irresponsible or ambiguous statements.
10. Krishna performs miracles unheard of by anyone else.
Now let us dive deep!
1) Lord Krishna has appeared millions of times, proving He is Eternal.
Brahma, it is I, the Personality of Godhead, who was existing before the creation, when there was nothing but Myself. Nor was there the material nature, the cause of this creation. That which you see now is also I, the Personality of Godhead, and after annihilation what remains will also be I, the Personality of Godhead.Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.33
Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.Bhagavad Gita 2.12
To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear, millennium after millennium.Bhagavad Gita 4.8
2) The below are some statements made by Lord Krishna declaring Himself as God.
a. Lord Krishna states He creates and maintains the whole cosmos of millions of universes.
The whole cosmic order is under Me. Under My will, it is automatically manifested again and again, and under My will, it is annihilated at the end.Bhagavad Gita 9.8
b. Lord Krishna states that with a single particle of Himself, He maintains the whole universe.
With a single fragment of Myself I pervade and support this entire universe.Bhagavad Gita 10.42
c. Lord Krishna states He is the source of all spiritual and material planets.
I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who perfectly know this engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts.Bhagavad Gita 10.8
d. Lord Krishna states He is the generating seed of all existences.
Furthermore, O Arjuna, I am the generating seed of all existences. There is no being – moving or nonmoving – that can exist without Me.Bhagavad Gita 10.39
e. Lord Krishna states He controls the weather.
I give heat, and I withhold and send forth the rain.Bhagavad Gita 9.19
f. Lord Krishna states He keeps the planets in orbit. I enter into each planet, and by My energy they stay in orbit.Bhagavad Gita 15.13
g. Lord Krishna states He is the origin of all species of living beings. It should be understood that all species of life, o son of Kunti, are made possible by birth in this material nature, and that I am the seed giving father.Bhagavad Gita 14.4
h. Lord Krishna states He is Omnipresent, meaning He is present everywhere.
Although I am the maintainer of all living entities and although I am everywhere, I am not a part of this cosmic manifestation, for My Self is the very source of creation.Bhagavad Gita 9.5
i. Lord Krishna states He is Omnipotent, meaning He is the greatest.
Because I am transcendental, beyond both the fallible and the infallible, and because I am the greatest, I am celebrated both in the world and in the Vedas as that Supreme Person.Bhagavad Gita 15.18
j. Lord Krishna states He is Omniscient, meaning He knows the past, present, and the future.
O Arjuna, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, I know everything that has happened in the past, all that is happening in the present, and all things that are yet to come.” (Bhagavad Gita 7.26)Bhagavad Gita 7.26
k. Lord Krishna states that the energy or splendor of the sun, moon, and fire come from Him.
“The splendor of the sun, which dissipates the darkness of this whole world, comes from Me. And the splendor of the moon and the splendor of fire are also from Me.Bhagavad Gita 15.12
3) The below are some teachings from Lord Krishna which prove that He is the most merciful, forgiving, loving, and responsible.
a. Lord Krishna proved that He is most merciful with moral teachings which benefit all living beings and actions of kindness.
Lord Krishna is the well-wisher of everyone.
The benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities…” (Bhagavad Gita 5.29)Bhagavad Gita 9.18
Lord Krishna is the dearest friend of everyone. Lord Krishna treats everyone equally.
“I am the dearest friend… [to everyone] I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all…Bhagavad Gita 9.29
Lord Krishna doesn’t command the killing of animals – Mercy for animals too. “If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, I will accept it.” (Bhagavad Gita 9.26)[/su_quote]
A devotee of Lord Krishna can only eat food that is first offered to Him (Bhagavad Gita 9.27-28), and He only takes vegetarian food. Thus, the devotees should be pure vegetarian.
Lord Krishna says,
One who is not envious but is a kind friend to all living entities – such a devotee of Mine is very dear to Me.Bhagavad Gita 12.13-14
Who treats alike both friend and enemy…Bhagavad Gita 14.22-25
A person is said to be still further advanced when he regards all—the honest well-wisher, friends and enemies, the envious, the pious, the sinner and those who are indifferent and impartial—with an equal mind.Bhagavad Gita 6.9
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said:
Fearlessness; purification of one’s existence; cultivation of spiritual knowledge; charity; self-control; performance of sacrifice; study of the Vedas; austerity; simplicity; nonviolence; truthfulness; freedom from anger; renunciation; tranquility; aversion to faultfinding; compassion for all living entities; freedom from covetousness; gentleness; modesty; steady determination; vigor; forgiveness; fortitude; cleanliness; and freedom from envy and from the passion for honor – these transcendental qualities, O son of Bharata, belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.Bhagavad Gita 16.1-3
b. Lord Krishna proved that He is forgiving by giving everyone unlimited chances and not just one. Everyone is eternally existing and gets unlimited chances. There was never a time when Krishna or Arjuna or the kings gathered on the battlefield. Neither will they cease to be. As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change. (Bhagavad Gita 2.12-13)[/su_quote]
Lord Krishna states that we are all eternal, and we get unlimited chances or lives. There is no eternal damnation for any soul.
Even if you are considered to be the most sinful of all sinners when you are situated in the boat of transcendental knowledge, you will be able to cross over the ocean of miseries.Bhagavad Gita 4.36
Even the most sinful people can go back to the Kingdom of God if they simply stop sinning from this moment on, worship Lord Krishna, and follow His instructions, the Bhagavad Gita.
c. Lord Krishna proved that He is most responsible. Lord Krishna considers everyone to be His family member.
The living entities in this conditioned world are My eternal fragmental parts. Due to conditioned life, they are struggling very hard with the six senses, which include the mind.” (Bhagavad Gita 15.7)Bhagavad Gita 15.7
Lord Krishna gives us free will.
“Thus, I have explained to you knowledge, still more confidential. Deliberate on this fully, and then do what you wish to do.Bhagavad Gita 18.63
Lord Krishna does not force anyone to follow Him, curse, or torment anyone. This behavior reflects upon Lord Krishna being the most responsible person.
4) Some physical proofs for Lord Krishna as God.
The absolute truth is a Person with the most beautiful transcendental form, Lord Krishna. Millions of people have seen Lord Krishna with their own eyes. Even today, some pure devotees are seeing, and some are perceiving Him every day.
Lord Krishna is the original Personality of Godhead.
krsnas tu Bhagavan svayamSrimad Bhagavatam 1.3.28
Lord Krishna has an eternal blissful spiritual body.
sac-cid-ananda-vigrahaḥSri Brahma Samhita 5.1
Lord Krishna is the source of all incarnations of God, and He has a spiritual form. Therefore, Arjuna, you should always think of Me in the form of Krsna… (Bhagavad Gita 8.7).
Lord Krishna declared Himself as ”rupam,” with form. One cannot meditate on something formless. When Arjuna thus saw Krsna in His original form, he said:
O Janardana, seeing this humanlike form, so very beautiful, I am now composed in mind, and I am restored to my original nature.Bhagavad Gita 11.51
Arjuna saw Lord Krishna in His original form, which is very beautiful.
My dear Arjuna, only by undivided devotional service can I be understood as I am, standing before you, and can thus be seen directly. Only in this way can you enter into the mysteries of My understanding.Bhagavad Gita 11.54
Lord Krishna can be seen directly by His pure devotees.
Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that is.Bhagavad Gita 9.11
When Lord Krishna appears on planet earth in His original humanlike form, eternal and spiritual, not material. The foolish think of Him as an ordinary person and neglect Him. They compare themselves with God, and because they have limitations due to their material body, they conclude that God cannot have a form because He is great. They fail to realize that God has an eternal spiritual form and not a temporary material form like ours. It’sIt’s for this reason, He is great, and we are not. Arjuna said:
You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the ultimate abode, the purest, the Absolute Truth. You are the eternal, transcendental, original person, the unborn, the greatest. All the great sages such as Narada, Asita, Devala, and Vyasa confirm this truth about You, and now You Yourself are declaring it to me.Bhagavad Gita 10.12-13
Many great saintly personalities like Narada, Asita, Devala, and others accepted Lord Krishna as the one true God.
5) Lord Krishna performed miracles impossible for anyone else to imitate.
Lord Krishna brought back to life many dead people and animals. Once some cowherd boys, cows, and calves were oppressed by the heat of the summer, they felt extremely thirsty. They drank the poisoned water of the Yamuna river. They fell dead on the bank of the Yamuna soon after they drank it. Krishna came and brought them all back to life by a mere glance. They regained their consciousness, got up from the edge of the water, and began to look at one another in great astonishment. They came to know that they fell dead by drinking the contaminated water of the Yamuna and that Krishna brought them back to life by His gracious glance. (Srimad Bhagavatam 2.7.28)
God appears in His own spiritual body. We come out from the womb of a woman and are naked. Krishna did not come out from the womb of a woman. He appeared next to a woman, fully clothed and as an adult. Then He transformed Himself into a baby. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.3.9-10, 46)
Krishna is unborn in the sense that His body never undergoes material changes. He appears and exhibits His transcendental forms and activities. Krishna appeared 5000 years ago and performed His transcendental pastimes for 125 years before going back to His abode. He had a spiritual body, which was most beautiful. He never had any wrinkles, a beard, white hair, or any disease. These are the signs of the body of God. (Bhagavad Gita 4.6)[/su_quote]
Krishna appears in the material creation to enjoy the juice (rasa) of a personal companion relationship with His devotees. Just like any loving father would want to see, live, and play with his children.
God of Compassion and Love
• Krishna commands His followers to be friendly to all living beings and work for their welfare.
• Krishna commands His followers to regard friends, enemies, the envious, the pious, and the sinners with an equal mind.
• Krishna is the well-wisher of all souls.
• Krishna does not envy anyone, nor is He partial to anyone. He is equal to all.
• Krishna is the most-dear friend of everyone. (References: Bhagavad Gita 5.25, 5.29, 9.18, 9.29, 12.13, 15.7)
When baby Krishna needed to cross the river Yamuna which had deep water and fierce waves. The river parted, and a many hooded snake provided shelter from the rain to allow Krishna to cross. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.3.48-50)
Savior, and Most Merciful Krishna lived like a normal human being as a prince, and only a few people knew He was God. As a prince, He had eight wives, which was normal for Kings and princes in ancient times worldwide. A demonic person kidnapped 16,100 girls, and Krishna came to their aid because He is a savior. He got the girls released, but they could not go back to their homes because their fathers rejected them due to being away from home for some nights. Society considered the girls fallen. The girls had no homes to go to, and they asked Krishna to marry them to have a home and someone to take care of them. Being the most merciful and a savior, Krishna expanded Himself into 16,100 forms and married all of them. There was one Krishna for one wife, and each wife had her own home. Krishna was always present with every wife in their own home, just like a normal couple. The ignorant and foolish mock Krishna for having 16,108 wives, but they fail to realize that by accepting that He had 16,108 wives, they accept Him as God. This incident proves that He is God. No one else can have so many wives, 16,108 palaces, and be with every one of them at all times. – There were 16,108 Krishnas, one for each wife – Krishna had exactly ten sons and one daughter with each wife (161,080 sons, 16,108 daughters) – Krishna had 16,108 palaces, one for each wife – Krishna was present with all His 16,108 wives simultaneously (at the same time)
The above facts very clearly prove that Krishna is God. References: Srimad Bhagavatam 10.59.42-43, 10.90.29-31
Krishna expands as Maha-Visnu, and with every exhalation, millions of universes come out from the pores on His body. With inhalation, they all go back into His body. The lifespan of our universe is just one breath of Maha-Visnu, 311.040 trillion years. (Bhagavad Gita 9.7, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.11.38)
When Yasoda looks into the mouth of Krishna. He showed her all aspects of the cosmic manifestation. Outer space, planets, stars, planetary systems, islands, mountains, oceans, the time allotted for the living entities, variety of bodies, and so on. (Bhagavad Gita 9.10, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.8.37-39)
Greatest Reciprocator, Greatest Heavyweight
A woman filled Krishna’sKrishna’s hands with fruits, and Krishna by his mystical potencies fills her basket immediately with jewels and gold. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.11.11)
Krishna lifts a mountain (Govardhan Hill) 21km in perimeter and weighs billions of tons. He held it up for seven days on his smallest finger to protect thousands of people from heavy rains. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.25.19)
Savior and Most Merciful Within this universe, in the current cosmic cycle.
Krishna has appeared more than 18,000 times in His original form and millions of times in His other forms. Each time He appears, the demonic challenge Him, and Krishna very easily defeats them. Krishna saves His pure devotees in their current life. He does not keep them waiting until His next appearance. The five Pandava brothers, Prahlad, Dhruva, Draupadi, and millions of others, were all saved by Krishna in their current life. All the demonic who Krishna destroys get liberation, return to the spiritual manifestation and live eternally in complete bliss. This causeless mercy shows how merciful God (Krishna) is. Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10 has Krishna’s miracles and transcendental pastimes. The supreme controller, the most merciful Krishna, is attacked by a many-headed snake, and He calmly plays with it and then lets it go. He does not hurt the innocent. (Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10, Chapter 16)
a. Anyone who is killed in the presence of Krishna immediately goes back to the spiritual manifestation.
b. Anyone who is killed by Krishna immediately goes back to the spiritual manifestation.
c. Anyone who is a devotee of Krishna will immediately return to the spiritual manifestation at death.
d. Anyone who does not fall in one of the above three will get unlimited chances (reincarnation) to attain one of the above. (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.39, BG 8.5, 9.34, 2.12-13)
Proven Savior Krishna swallows a forest fire to save people. (Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10, Chapter 19)
Why is Every Soul Important to Lord Krishna?
Every soul belongs to Him. (Bhagavad Gita 4.35, 15.7)
Inconceivable Opulence and Power
Krishna showed His cosmic form to Arjuna. If hundreds of thousands of suns were to rise at once into the sky, their radiance might resemble the effulgence of the Supreme Person in that universal form. Arjuna could see the unlimited expansions of Krishna and the universe while seated on the chariot. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11)
When Draupadi was disrobed in front of many people by the evil Dushashana, Krishna came to save her. He appeared, but without anyone seeing him; he provided Draupadi with an unlimited supply of cloth to cover her. Dushashana pulled and pulled at her sari, but could not disrobe her. There was no end to her sari. (Mahabharata)
Most Forgiving and Merciful
Regardless of race, religion, color, gender, occupation, and country of residence. Regardless of the past sinful actions. Everyone can go back to the Kingdom of God and live eternally in complete bliss. If one stops all the sinful activities listed below, controls the desires, and worships Krishna from this moment onwards. The seen and proven God of mercy, compassion, love, and forgiveness.
• No killing (animals, humans, trees)
• No alcohol, drugs, and tobacco
• No gambling
• No relationship outside marriage
• No hatred towards any living being
• No lying
• No violence towards any living being
• No cursing
• No stealing (The essence of the Bhagavad Gita)
Does God have No Companions? Why should God be alone?
His power and opulence have no meaning unless He exhibits His potencies with others. Some people believe that God has no companions. If so, then anyone with a companion is not God. The essence of this belief is to defy God by limiting Him based on limited human perception and intelligence. Such a belief is essentially atheistic. Those who say God has no companions should first ask themselves why they have companions?
Why don’t they live alone all their life?
Have no spouse, no friends, no children, no relatives, no colleagues, and so on. How would they feel if they had to live alone for trillions of years? God Has Unlimited Companions We have a partner, the spouse. Most humans get married because life is boring alone.
What is the point of solitary existence?
The purpose of life is to enjoy. But enjoyment is only possible when we share with others. If a person lives in a 10 Bedroom house alone, it serves no purpose; there would be no enjoyment. It’sIt’s only worth living in a 10 Bedroom house if one lives in the company of others and if others visit the house. Otherwise, it means absolutely nothing to be alone in the house for the entire life or even a few days. Most humans cannot live alone during this one short life of 100 years or less, which is perfectly natural.
Can anyone live alone for say 100 years, or how about 1000 years, how about 100,000 years?
There is no human on the planet who would agree to live alone for more than 100 years. Most do not want to live alone, even for a few months. The almighty God has existed for trillions of years. He is eternal.
Why on earth would He live in the vast unlimited cosmos with millions of universes, all by Himself? What does He do all day by Himself?
What enjoyment would He get by being by Himself for trillions and trillions of years?
What is the value in His unlimited potency if He does not use it?
There has never been a King or President on the planet who lived alone because it makes no sense to be the King or President without the citizens. A King means he has citizens. He has companions to enjoy life with servants, friends, and personal consorts. Similarly, the Supreme Personality of Godhead has companions and not just a few but unlimited. He has billions of personal servants, friends, and personal consorts. To enjoy and share His eternal life with others. Lord Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and He is never alone. He lives on the spiritual planet of Goloka Vrindavan with billions of friends, servants, and His eternal personal consort Radha. God has companions to experience and give love and happiness to others.
• One can only experience love between people and not alone.
• Happiness comes from sharing with others and not just alone.
• Satisfaction comes from pleasing others and not by oneself.
• One can only experience Enjoyment by being with others and not by oneself.
If an eternal entity has no partners, then he is devoid of love, devoid of happiness, devoid of satisfaction, and devoid of enjoyment. It would indeed be an insane entity. Lord Krishna is most merciful and loving. He proves this by sharing His eternal life with living entities in a personal companion relationship based on the desires and deserves of the living entities.
Every living entity has a personal relationship with Lord Krishna, and the living entity realizes this by becoming a pure devotee of Lord Krishna. Eventually, all living entities return to the spiritual abode to enjoy the juice (rasa) of a personal companion relationship with Lord Krishna or His expansions.
There are many applicants for the position of Supreme, but only one has appeared many times and exhibited transcendental qualities and pastimes. God is One. He is so great that all the scriptures never tire from glorifying Him. He has infinite names basis the various past times He performs with us. This eternal duty of the eternal being in relationship with the eternal Krishna is Sanatan Dharma.