How God is Great
from Back To Godhead Magazine, #34-02, 2000
by Nagaraja Dasa
Srila Prabhupada would often say that from the Vedic literature we learn not only that God is great but in what ways He is great. Before coming to Krishna consciousness, I had only a vague idea of God. Now, like millions of others, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge about God from Srila Prabhupada through his presentation of revealed Vedic wisdom. The following short list includes just some of the many things Srila Prabhupada taught us about God:
God is the supreme person, whose form is eternal and full of bliss and knowledge.
God has innumerable forms, of which the original is Krishna, a beautiful dark-blue cowherd boy who plays the flute and sports a peacock feather on His head.
God is unlimited in all respects.
God is the source of everything.
God can be seen by devotees whose vision is purified by unalloyed love.
God attracts everyone, either directly or through His material energy.
God knows everything—past, present, and future.
God has His eternal home, Goloka Vrindavana, in the spiritual world.
God’s all-powerful Narayana expansions rule innumerable spiritual planets, called Vaikunthas.
Although God expands forms equal to Himself in power, He is never diminished in the least.
God breathed the Vedas, which contain all knowledge required for human existence.
God spoke the Bhagavad-gita five thousand years ago.
God is all-loving, and He created each of us to enjoy eternally with Him in one of His innumerable forms.
In His original form as Krishna, God enjoys the most intimate exchanges with His confidential devotees.
God especially enjoys with His pleasure potency, Srimati Radharani.
God’s agents manage the universe while He enjoys with His devotees.
Though eternally residing in Goloka Vrindavana, God is simultaneously present everywhere, even within the atom.
As the original male, God impregnates nature with rebellious souls, who then take on material bodies.
As the Supersoul, God accompanies us throughout our sojourn in the material world.
We living beings are infinitesimal parts of God, and our qualities—consciousness, the will to live, and so on—are samples of His unlimited qualities.
God is fully present in the sound of His names, which are identical with Him.
God appears in the form of the Deity to accept our worship.
God is called Bhagavan (“possessor of opulence”) because He possesses in full the six primary opulences: beauty, wealth, strength, fame, knowledge, and renunciation.
God comes to this world repeatedly in various forms to subdue the demonic, please His devotees, and reestablish religion.
God descended five hundred years ago as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and introduced the chanting of His names as the religion for the age.
God controls the sun, the rain, nature—everything—and unlike us is never subject to anyone’s control.
The powerful forces of nature are only a hint of God’s omnipotence.
God directs the creation, maintenance, and destruction of the universe.
In His form as Maha-Vishnu, God creates millions of universes when He exhales and destroys them when He inhales—one breath taking hundreds of trillions of years.
God’s expansion Ananta Sesha, who has innumerable mouths, has never been able to adequately describe God’s glories, although trying to do so eternally.