Eleven Qualities of the Supreme Lord

Eleven Qualities of the Supreme Lord

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Kalacakra Krsna das

Dear Devotees,

   Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. 

   There is a wonderful verse in Isopanishad mantra 8 that describes eleven qualities of Krishna nicely thus: 

   sa paryagaac chukram akaayam avranam
   asnaaviram shuddham apaapa viddham
   kavir manishi paribhu svayambhu
   yathaatathyato 'rthaan vyadadaac chaasvatibhyah samaabhyah

"Such a person must factually know the greatest of all, the Personality of Godhead, who is unembodied, omniscient, beyond reproach, without veins, pure and uncontaminated, the self-sufficient philosopher who has been fulfilling everyone's desire since time immemorial."

The eleven qualities of the Supreme Lord Krishna mentioned in this verse are:

1. shukram Omnipotent

2. akaayam Unembodied

3. avranam Without reproach (one who cannot be found fault with)

4. asnaaviram Without veins (in other words, not possessing a material body like us)

5. shuddham Pure

6. apaapa viddham Prophylactic (uncontaminated by sins)

7. kavih Omniscient

8. manishi Philosopher

9. paribhuh The greatest of all

10. svayambhuh Self-sufficient

11. yathaatathyato 'rthaan vyadadaac chaasvatibhyah samaabhyah - Who has been fulfilling everyone's desire since time immemorial.

These simple but wonderful verses assist us in remembering the amazing qualities of our dear Lord. If we get used to remembering them every day, the Lord will be pleased with our sincere efforts and that will be the supreme perfection of our lives.

Thank you very much
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada
Kalacakra Krsna das