SB 1.8 - The abode of conflicting qualities

Kṛṣṇa is eternal time, the supreme controller, without beginning and end, the all pervasive one. He distributes His mercy equally to everyone, and thus the dissensions between living beings are due to social intercourse. He is not unjust because of showing attachment to the devotee, indifference to matter, assistance to some and destruction to others. The Lord is also the abode of conflicting qualities because He gives suffering and bliss, He is equal and prejudiced and is merciful and unmerciful. The Lord is the Paramātmā in everyone’s heart, and another name of Paramātmā is kāla. Eternal time is the witness of all our actions and thus resultant reactions are destined by the Lord. Since the Paramātmā feature of the Lord destines all actions and reactions, He is the supreme controller also. The living beings are given as much freedom as they deserve, and misuse of that freedom causes suffering by kāla. Since everyone suffers and enjoys the results of their own destiny, no one is either an enemy or friend of the Lord. The destiny is made by the living beings in course of their social interactions. Since the Lord has no beginning or end, He is known as the eternal time, kāla.

The Lord’s pastimes appear to be human and misleading. But He has no favorites nor has He any objects of envy. People only imagine that He is partial. His mercy is equally distributed upon all souls. His pastimes appear to be exactly like a human being’s but actually they are transcendental. No one knows His intentions as He desires to hide Himself in human form. He likes the make the knowledge of those who speculate about scripture useless. No one knows His plan who desires to play the role of human beings as Rāma and Kṛṣṇa. No one knows His plan who desires to delude the fools by not letting them see His sweet qualities. All men have differing ideas about Him.