Bhagavad-gita Today, October 25, 2021

Date: 
Mon, 2021-10-25

Krishna explains (1) why things are the way they are, and (2) what we can do about it.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 7.4

TRANSLATION

Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego -- all together these eight constitute My separated material energies.

PURPORT (excerpt):

This material world is a temporary manifestation of one of the energies of the Lord. All the activities of the material world are directed by these three Vishnu expansions of Lord Krishna. These purushas are called incarnations.

Generally one who does not know the science of God (Krishna) assumes that this material world is for the enjoyment of the living entities and that the living entities are the purushas -- the causes, controllers and enjoyers of the material energy. According to Bhagavad-gita this atheistic conclusion is false.

In the verse under discussion it is stated that Krishna is the original cause of the material manifestation. Srimad-Bhagavatam also confirms this. The ingredients of the material manifestation are separated energies of the Lord. Even the brahmajyoti, which is the ultimate goal of the impersonalists, is a spiritual energy manifested in the spiritual sky. There are no spiritual diversities in the brahmajyoti as there are in the Vaikunthalokas, and the impersonalist accepts this brahmajyoti as the ultimate eternal goal.

The Paramatma manifestation is also a temporary all-pervasive aspect of the Ksirodakasayi Visnu. The Paramatma manifestation is not eternal in the spiritual world. Therefore the factual Absolute Truth is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna. He is the complete energetic person, and He possesses different separated and internal energies.