“Everywhere are His hands and legs, His eyes and faces, and He hears everything. In this way the Supersoul exists.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 13.14)
सर्वतः पाणि-पादं तत्
सर्वतः श्रुतिमल् लोके
सर्वम् आवृत्य तिष्ठति
sarvataḥ pāṇi-pādaṁ tat
sarvataḥ śrutimal loke
sarvam āvṛtya tiṣṭhati
1. Since He is antaryami
The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the all-pervading witness. Whatever goes on, in any part of the world, either in plain sight or in a hidden crevice, whether captured on security camera footage or lacking observation – He notices.
If a tree falls in a forest devoid of human beings, it does make a sound. This is because of the presence of Supersoul. This is known as a plenary expansion of the Almighty. It is just like Him, but in a different feature. It is not outwardly manifest, though for Him there is no difference to His existence based on how others view Him.
2. Since He sees past, present and future
He knows of my past lives. I have lived before. This is because the soul is eternal in nature. Nothing can be done to kill the soul. What we know to be death is actually the exit of the living force within. Birth is the arrival. In truth, that takes place at conception, with birth marking the time of exit from the womb of the individual soul already connected to a material body.
बहूनि मे व्यतीतानि
जन्मानि तव चार्जुन
तान्य् अहं वेद सर्वाणि
न त्वं वेत्थ परन्तप
bahūni me vyatītāni
janmāni tava cārjuna
tāny ahaṁ veda sarvāṇi
na tvaṁ vettha parantapa
“The Blessed Lord said: Many, many births both you and I have passed. I can remember all of them, but you cannot, O subduer of the enemy!” (Bhagavad-gita, 4.5)
As explained to Arjuna in Bhagavad-gita, Bhagavan remembers the previous births. The individual cannot. This is one way we are different from God. He also knows the present. He is aware of the surroundings, of what is taking place. He has knowledge of every single space, through the aforementioned feature of Supersoul.
Bhagavan knows the future. He explained to Arjuna that practically all of the soldiers assembled on the battlefield were destined to perish. There was no point in abandoning the fight. Destruction would take place regardless. It was destiny, the will of time, and Shri Krishna is that time, known as kala in Sanskrit.
3. Since He has knowledge to the fullest degree
His knowledge is not limited to a certain time and circumstance. He knew the conditions related to the Bharata War, while seated on the chariot for Arjuna. He knew the plight of the Pandavas and the wicked deeds of the Kauravas. He knew of Duryodhana’s plan to bind prior to it being attempted.
Yet just because Krishna appeared at a certain time from the womb of mother Devaki and later disappeared during the demise of the Yadu dynasty does not mean that the knowledge is limited. The wisdom stretches the bounds of the universe. The Vedas account for every kind of happiness, material and spiritual.
This review supports the recommendation to approach the personal God whenever there is a problem. Even if what I want is irrational, illegal, in violation of the standards of decency, destined to cause me harm in the future, against my personal interest, not worthy of the time of someone who has everything – I should still make the approach in that direction.
This is because Bhagavan is the great purifier. He knows what my problems are and He is not bound by any rules to oblige my requests. As Hari, He takes away the distractions and disturbances from the devotee. I lack perfect knowledge. Immersed in a particular situation, driven by desire, I fail to recognize right from wrong, auspicious from inauspicious.
Bhagavan sees perfectly, as everywhere are His eyes. His association is what matters most, and the more I stay with Him, the clearer that becomes to me: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
In approach purifying,
Foggy picture clarifying.
That despite wanting excessive,
And in demanding aggressive.
My plea always to hear,
But not guaranteed to appear.
Vishnu proper outcome granting,
So always His names chanting.
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