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How is Krishna "everything?"

Is Krishna everything?

Can someone be a person and everything at the same time? It would have to be a special kind of person. It’s a grand claim.

I am the source of all material and spiritual worlds. Everything emanates from Me.

Krishna claims he’s the source of everything. Has anybody ever checked up on that? Apparently yes. Arjuna asked Him to show exactly how that was true, and He showed the vishva rupa—the Universal Form. How do we know He did? And what is the "Universal Form?" It was a form that demonstrated that everything that exists was contained within Him. What would that look like? The description is in Bhagavad-gita:

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If hundreds of thousands of suns were to rise at once into the sky, their radiance might resemble the effulgence of the Supreme Person in that universal form. At that time Arjuna could see in the universal form of the Lord the unlimited expansions of the universe situated in one place although divided into many, many thousands.

Sounds like a reasonable description, even if it is a mind-blowing idea. Arjuna’s mind was blown, by the way. He had a hard time keeping his composure while Krishna was making His grand display:

O all-pervading Vishnu, seeing You with Your many radiant colors touching the sky, Your gaping mouths, and Your great glowing eyes, my mind is perturbed by fear. I can no longer maintain my steadiness or equilibrium of mind. O Lord of lords, O refuge of the worlds, please be gracious to me. I cannot keep my balance seeing thus Your blazing deathlike faces and awful teeth. In all directions I am bewildered.

To even begin to conceive of what Arjuna's experience might have been like, try imagining an Omnimax theater, the size of the sky, and instead of "3D" glasses you're given "infinite D." Once the movie started, most of us would probably fall over, try to get up, but forget where "up" is.

After Krishna again withdrew the vision, Arjuna again saw Krishna the way he preferred to see Him, as a person, as his friend, the person he knew:

Bhagavad-gita courseWhen Arjuna thus saw Kṛṣṇa in His original form, he said: O Janārdana, seeing this humanlike form, so very beautiful, I am now composed in mind, and I am restored to my original nature.

After all, how do you have a relationship with “everything?” People have relationships with each other. You can’t have a valid, satisfying emotional exchange with a pile of stuff. You can look in awe at something big like the sky or the ocean or the mountains or the Grand Canyon, but relationships are for people to have with other people. You can’t have lunch with the Grand Canyon. You can have lunch at the Grand Canyon.

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