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 Bhagavatam 10.9.13. In previous offerings we saw that the Lord is unlimited in space and time. Now we will continue to see how the Lord is unlimited in time.
He is beginning and end of everything (pūrva aparaṁ):- The Lord is the supreme cause and though He is the cause of the universe, He Himself has no cause. So He exists in His spiritual form before the universe is created and He also continues to exist even after the universe is dissolved. The Vedas declare that this creation is a manifestation of Lord's shakti and He is the cause. Svetasvatara 4.1:
ya eko 'varṇo bahudhā śaktiyogād varṇān anekān nihitārtho dadhāti
vi caiti cānte viśvam ādau sa devaḥ sa no buddhyā śubhayā saṃyunaktu
The Supreme Personality of Godhead who has no material form creates this variegated world in the beginning, by the use of His great shaktis and with a hidden purpose. He also dissolves the creation in the end. May He give us intelligence to unite with Him.
The universe is His effect and without the cause who is Krishna, the effect which is this universe cannot exist. So how can He be bound by rope which is a small object in this universe which itself is small speck of His shakti? Srila Jiva Goswami states that just as a ray of light cannot burn fire, the rope which is a small object in this universe cannot bind the Lord who is the cause of this universe.
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
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