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BG Chap 9 - There is no burden for the Lord

If all beings are in Kṛṣṇa, does it present a burden for Him to carry them?
Kṛṣṇa answers that although are beings are in Him (mat-sthāni sarva bhūtāni), by His mystic yoga, everything that is created does not rest in Him (na ca mat sthāni bhūtāni). The creation does not present even the smallest of burdens to Him. He maintains all that exists while remaining completely separate and detached in the spiritual world. In His spiritual body, Kṛṣṇa is not situated in His creations. Yoga is defined as the means by which something very difficult is accomplished. Yoga thus refers here to the Lord’s form endowed with inconceivable śakti, whose quality is that His every desire is fulfilled without effort. Kṛṣṇa is in everything and contain everything, but He is also not in anything and contains nothing, since He maintains and controls everything, and has no contact at all either from inside or outside. He maintains and protects everything by His extraordinary yoga, and thus everything is done by His will (mind). He does not have to act with His body to do this.

Isn't the mind and the body of the Lord non different? True, but one makes practical distinctions thru the power of viśeṣa, as one does in statements such as ‘Being exists’. Viśeṣa is the peculiar characteristic or potency of things which makes description and talk of difference possible, whereas, as a matter of fact, only identity exists. It is the power of things in themselves which, through an underlying identity of essence, enables us to distinguish a particular from its universal; a quality from its substance; motion or power or energy from things possessing them; the svarūpa from the possessor of the svarūpa. The sentence “being exists” makes sense, though the words “being” and “exist” actually mean the same thing, because of making distinctions within oneness.