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SB 1.9 - Kṛṣṇa, the cynosure of everyone's eyes

Bhīṣma remembered how at the Rājasūya sacrifice performed by Yudhiṣṭhira Kṛṣṇa was worshipped by one and all as the most exalted personality of Godhead. After ascending the throne, the emperor would send a challenge horse all over the world to declare his supremacy. Any king who does not accept this supremacy would capture the horse and would fight the emperor. The defeated person would have to sacrifice his life making way for another ruler. Yudhiṣṭhira also dispatched a horse and all rulers accepted his supremacy. After this the rulers were invited to participate in the Rājasūya sacrifice. In that assembly Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa was the cynosure of everyone’s eyes. Everyone wanted to see the Lord and pay their respects to Him. Kṛṣṇa was accepted as the greatest personality while He was actually present, and He was not a mere human being. Thus it is misleading that a great person can be worshiped as God after his death.

Bhīṣma said he could concentrate upon Lord Kṛṣṇa, who was standing before him, and that he had transcended the misconception of duality in regard to the Lord’s presence in everyone’s heart, even in the hearts of the mental speculators, just as the sun is one although it may be perceived differently. Kṛṣṇa is the one Absolute Lord but has expanded Himself into His multi plenary portions by His inconceivable energy. By His inconceivable energy He is present as Paramātmā in everyone’s heart, and also expands Himself as the brahmajyoti effulgence. The less intelligent consider the brahmajyoti and Paramātmā to be different from Kṛṣṇa. Bhīṣma realized that Vāsudeva is all in all and that there is no existence without Him.