The Greatness of Lord Damodara - Part 4

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled "The Greatness of Lord Damodara" wherein we were trying to meditate on the meaning of Srimad Bhagavatam 10.9.13. In previous offerings we saw that the Lord is unlimited in space. Now we will see how the Lord is unlimited in time. This is another meaning of na purvam na aparam

3) No beginning and end in time (na pūrvaṁ na aparaṁ ):- These words indicates that His spiritual form exists in all phases of time with no decay, change or destruction. He has no prior and posterior time as we all have. We all have past, present and future but for Krishna there is no difference between past, present and future. This is stated in the sruti mantras (Brhad Aranyaka Upanishad- (2.5.19) as follows.

indro māyābhiḥ pururūpa īyate yuktā hy asya harayaḥ śatā daśeti
ayaṃ vai harayo 'yaṃ vai daśa ca sahasraṇi bahūni cānantāni ca
tad etad brahmāpūrvam anaparam anantaram abāhyam
ayam ātmā brahma sarvānubhūḥ ity anuśāsanam

The Supreme Lord Hari who is infinitely opulent manifests many forms by His will. Lord Hari manifests ten, hundred, thousands and infinite forms. He is the Supreme Absolute Truth. He has no prior time or posterior time, He has no inside and no outside. He is the Omniscient Lord. This is the declaration of the sacred Vedas.

We cannot bind an object which is beyond time using the rope which is limited by time. This universe and all the things in the universe are subject to time. So the rope which was used to bind Lord Krishna is also a part of the universe and is subject to destruction by time and hence cannot bind the Lord whose spiritual form is beyond time. Srila Prabhupada states in the purport, "Then again, Krishna is the time factor. Therefore, He is all-pervading not only in space, but also in time. We have measurements of time, but although we are limited by past, present and future, for Krishna these do not exist."

Hence mother Yashoda cannot bound Lord Krishna with the rope on her own.

Krishna willing, we will continue to meditate more Srimad Bhagavatam shloka 10.9.13 in the subsequent offerings. 

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna das
Ipswich.