Is Krishna partial? - Part 8

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

The Lord is described as sarva-bhūtātma-bhūtaṁ and praśāntaṁ sama-darśanam. He is the Supersoul in all living entities. He is equipoised in all circumstances and is equally disposed toward everyone. Yet unintelligent persons, because of imperfect vision and influenced by material qualities, imposes material qualities upon Krishna and claim that He is partial and envious. Sukadev Goswami and Narada Muni refute this and give wonderful arguments to prove the impartiality of Krishna. We have seen in the previous offerings on this subject, some of their arguments. They were,

1. Krishna is transcendental to material qualities. 
2. The prominent mode becomes victorious. 
3. Everyone enjoys the fruits of his qualitative activities (karma). 
4. Krishna responds according to one's receptiveness.
5. Time's influence is impartial.
6. Krishna is not under the time factor and therefore impartial. 
7. Krishna is not only impartial but very merciful as well. 
8. Krishna is unaffected by dualities like blasphemy or prayers. 
9. Krishna reciprocates irrespective of the way we approach.

We will now continue to learn more proofs of Krishna's impartiality.

10. Constant remembrance of Krishna purifies the motives: In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.1.30, Narada Muni tells us the different ways in which we can concentrate our mind on Krishna and become eligible for His mercy,

kāmād dveṣād bhayāt snehād yathā bhaktyeśvare manaḥ
āveśya tad-aghaṁ hitvā bahavas tad-gatiṁ gatāḥ

Many, many persons have attained liberation simply by thinking of Krishna with great attention and giving up sinful activities. This great attention may be due to lusty desires, inimical feelings, fear, affection or devotional service. I shall now explain how one receives Krishna's mercy simply by concentrating one's mind upon Him.

We may approach Krishna with different feelings, like anger, fear, lust, affection or devotion. He accepts all of them and when we are always in constant remembrance of Him, fully absorbed in Krishna consciousness, the material part of our desires get vanquished and what remains is only our pure, undiluted and spiritual attachment for Krishna. So when the so called enemies of Krishna like Sishupala or Kamsa meditate on Krishna twenty four hours a day with envy, the envy within them is vanquished by Krishna and what remains is just the remembrance of Krishna twenty four hours a day, making them eligible for mukti.

Bhagavatam gives a very vivid example of this philosophy in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.1.28 and 29,

kīṭaḥ peśaskṛtā ruddhaḥ kuḍyāyāṁ tam anusmaran
saṁrambha-bhaya-yogena vindate tat-svarūpatām

evaṁ kṛṣṇe bhagavati māyā-manuja īśvare
vaireṇa pūta-pāpmānas tam āpur anucintayā

A grassworm confined in a hole of a wall by a bee always thinks of the bee in fear and enmity and later becomes a bee simply because of such remembrance. Similarly, if the conditioned souls somehow or other think of Krishna, who is sac-cid-aananda-vigraha (Brahma Samhita 5.1), they will become free from their sins. Whether thinking of Him as their worshipable Lord or an enemy, because of constantly thinking of Him they will regain their spiritual bodies.

In the purport to above verse Srila Prabhupada says, Lord Krishna appears within this material world for two purposes - paritrāṇāya sādhūnāṁ vināśāya ca duṣkṛtām, Bhagavad Gita 4.8, to protect the devotees and annihilate the demons. By constant thinking of Krishna, both the demons and devotees attain liberation from the clutches of material maya. In the purport to SB 7.1.30, Prabhupada quotes Srimad Bhagavatam verse 10.33.39 where it is said that if a bona fide listener hears of Krishna's pastimes with the gopis, which seem to be lusty affairs, the lusty desires in his heart, which constitute the heart disease of the conditioned soul, will be vanquished, and he will become a most exalted devotee of the Lord. If one who hears of the gopis' lusty behavior with Krishna becomes free from lusty desires, certainly the gopis who approached Krishna became free from all such desires.

In this way, in whatever way we desire Krishna and concentrate our mind upon Him, we become purified and are benefited by attaining liberation. Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.1.31 clearly clarifies this further,

gopyaḥ kāmād bhayāt kaṁso dveṣāc caidyādayo nṛpāḥ
sambandhād vṛṣṇayaḥ snehād yūyaṁ bhaktyā vayaṁ vibho

My dear King Yudhishthira, the gopis by their lusty desires, Kamsa by his fear, Sishupala and other kings by envy, the Yadus by their familial relationship with Krishna, you Pandavas by your great affection for Krishna, and we, the general devotees, by our devotional service, have obtained the mercy of Krishna.

All of them receive different types of liberation according to their intense desire. It can be merging with the Lord which is 'Sāyujya mukti', residing in the same loka as the Lord which is called 'sālokya mukti', to get the same form as the Lord, which is 'sārūpya mukti', to be an associate of the Lord which is called 'sāmīpya mukti' and to have the same opulence as the Lord which is called 'sārṣṭi mukti'. The gopis because of their very intense love for Krishna became the most beloved devotees of the Lord. The devotees of the Lord become the constant companions of the Lord unlike the inimical Kamsa etc who merge with the Brahman.

Krishna willing, we will continue on this topic in subsequent offering.

Thank you very much. 
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Uma Prathap
Abu Dhabi.