That death is Krsna…

So nothing anyone wants to really hear, unless Krsna is your Super Hero (as He is mine!)…

In the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krsna lists His opulences in the 10th chapter to the increasingly composed Arjuna. This chapter is one in a succession, where Lord Krsna reveals more and more of Himself to Arjuna, who is eager to hear His glories. In the preceding chapters, Lord Krsna explains the supremacy of devotional service to Him, and how those who follow such a path have nothing to lose, and everything to gain from it’s pursuit. The first few verses of the 10th chapter titled “Vibhuti Yoga” form the core of the Gita itself- the chatusloki. Following these verses, Lord Krsna describes His opulences to Arjuna. He does so by means of comparison to tangible entities in the universe, or to famous personalities, since as conditioned living entities we have limited perception and intelligence. Lord Krsna states in verse 34:

“I am all-devouring death, and I am the generating principle of all that is yet to be. Among women I am fame, fortune, fine speech, memory, intelligence, steadfastness and patience.”

In the purport, Srila Prabhupada eloquently explains, “As soon as a man is born, he dies at every moment. Thus death is devouring every living entity at every moment, but the last stroke is called death itself. That death is Krishna. As for future development, all living entities undergo six basic changes. They are born, they grow, they remain for some time, they reproduce, they dwindle, and finally they vanish. Of these changes, the first is deliverance from the womb, and that is Krishna. The first generation is the beginning of all future activities.”

Sri Malola at Ahobilam

Interestingly enough, this ties in to other more optimistic messages of the Gita. Lord Krsna claims that He is equal to all, yet He gives special mercy to those who are devoted to Him. The Lord accomplishes this seeming contradiction in the pastime of Lord Nrisimhadeva. Although the Lord appeared in the same form to the eyes of both the demon Hiranyakashipu, and the devotee Prahlada, for one He spelled death, and for the other, the ultimate goal and the supreme abode…


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