It’s that time of year again when we need to ask for your help to keep this important project going. Behind the scenes at Krishna.com you’ll find a dedicated team of devotees who work on improving the website, adding new content, taking care of thousands of visitors and their inquiries each month. You’ll also find an office building under renovation, with insurance, property taxes and utility bills. It’s that time of year when we need to pay our annual fees for hosting Krishna.com on several web servers. Every good endeavor requires some money to continue, so also Krishna.com. Please help us spread Sri Krishna’s message on the Internet by contributing a donation. You can give a one-time gift, or become a monthly patron. Click here. (Thank you!)

SB 1.3 - The universal form of the Lord

Although all the universal planetary systems are imagined to be situated on the body of the puruṣa, still He has nothing to do with the created material ingredients. His body is eternally in spiritual existence par excellence. The conception of the virāṭ-rūpa or viśva-rūpa of the Lord is meant for the neophyte who can hardly think of the transcendental form of the Personality of Godhead. To him a form means something of this material world, and therefore an opposite conception of the Absolute is necessary in the beginning to concentrate the mind on the power extension of the Lord. The extension of the power of the Lord in the form of virāṭ-rūpa and the Lord Himself are one in one sense, but at the same time the Lord is different from the mahat-tattva. The potency of the Lord and the Lord are simultaneously different and non different. The conception of the virāṭ-rūpa, especially for the impersonalist, is thus non different from the eternal form of the Lord. This eternal form of the Lord exists prior to the creation of the mahat-tattva, and it is stressed here that the eternal form of the Lord is spiritual or transcendental to the modes of material nature.

The devotees see the transcendental form of the puruṣa who has thousands of legs, thighs, arms and faces, thousands of heads, ears, eyes and noses, and decorated with thousands of helmets and earrings. One can understand the transcendent Lord only by devotional service. The Lord is formless to the neophytes, but He is in transcendental form to the expert servitor. This second manifestation of the puruṣa is the source of multifarious incarnations within the universe. From the particles and portions of this form, different living entities, like demigods, men and others are created.