SIMPLE SAGES

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

The two sons of Kuvera, Nala-Kuvera and Manigriva, after being cursed by Narada Muni , were born as twin Yamala Arjuna trees in the garden of Sri Nanda Maharaja. There, they offered prayers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, after He delivered them.

They offered the following prayer quoted in  S.B. 10.10.30-31 to the Lord:

tvam ekaḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ dehāsv-ātmendriyeśvaraḥ
tvam eva kālo bhagavān viṣṇur avyaya īśvaraḥ

tvaṁ mahān prakṛtiḥ sūkṣmā rajaḥ-sattva-tamomayī
tvam eva puruṣo ’dhyakṣaḥ sarva-kṣetra-vikāra-vit

You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the controller of everything. The body, life, ego and senses of every living entity are your own self. You are the Supreme Person, Vishnu, the imperishable controller. You are the time factor, the immediate cause, and You are material nature, consisting of the three modes passion, goodness and ignorance. You are the original cause of this material manifestation. You are the Supersoul, and therefore You know everything within the core of the heart of every living entity.

These qualities of Krishna can be remembered by a "simple" acronym:

1. S - Supreme Personality of Godhead (bhagavān): The word Bhagavan comes from two words: "Bhaga" meaning opulence and "van" meaning one who possesses. The Personality of Godhead, Krishna, possesses all the six opulences(in full): riches, strength, fame, beauty, knowledge, and renunciation.

2. I - Imperishable Controller (avyaya īśvaraḥ): We all think that we are the controllers of everything, but actually the Lord is the Supreme Controller of everything in this World. We may "possess" something temporarily, but then, after sometime we die. But, The Lord is imperishable, as He is the only one who exists after the final devastation of this material universe.

3. M - Material Nature Consisting of the Three Modes (prakṛtiḥ sūkṣmā rajaḥ-sattva-tamomayī): The Lord is the Material Nature, consisting of the Three Modes. In the Bhagavad Gita 7.12, Krishna says that three modes are manifested by His energy. But the Lord is never bound by the three modes of material nature. He is above them.

4. P - Proprietor (adhyakṣaḥ): The Lord is the Supreme Owner of everything. We do not own anything. The Lord has immense potencies. All emanations come from Him..

5. L - Living Entities' body, life and soul (sarva-bhūtānāṁ dehāsv-ātmendriyeśvaraḥ) Being part and parcels of The Supreme Lord, our body, life and soul-everything belongs to the Supreme Lord.

6. E - Eternal Time (Kālah): Lord SriKrishna says in Bhagavad Gita "I am Eternal Time." In Brahma Samhita, Brahma says "Yasyājñayā bhramati sambhṛta-kāla-cakro". "It is under the order of Govinda, that the sun performs the journey, mounting on the wheel of time."

7. S - Supreme Person (puruṣaḥ): This indicates that the Lord has a form, which is full of eternity, knowledge and bliss (Sat-cit-ananda vigraha). He is not impersonal, as concocted by the impersonalists and Mayavadis.

8. A - All Pervading (viṣṇu): Krishna, in the Bhagavad Gita 9.4 says, "mayā tatam idaṁ sarvaṁ jagad avyakta-mūrtinā - "By Me, in My unmanifested form, this entire universe is pervaded". Just as the sunshine is spread all over the universe, the energy of the Lord is spread".

9. G - Greatest (mahān): Lord Krishna declares in Bhagavad Gita, that there is no truth superior to Him. He is one without a second. He is called "Vibhu".

10. E - Everything's Controller (īśvaraḥ): Everything animate, or inanimate, that is within the Universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. He is ultimately the owner of everything that exists.

11. S - Supersoul (sarva-kṣetra-vikāra-vit): The Lord is situated in everyone's heart as the Paramātma (Supersoul) and He witnesses all our activities.

The acronym is "SIMPLE SAGES", remembering which, we can remember all the eleven wonderful qualities of the Lord, listed above. In order to understand the Supreme Lord, we must approach "simple sages", because they have simply surrendered to the Lord, the result of which is that they know all about the qualities of the Supreme Lord.

Your humble servant, 
Karthik.S
Abu Dhabi.