The Supreme Absolute Truth - Part 11

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 Supreme Absolute Truth". In previous offerings we have been meditating on

i) Brahman's Supreme Nature.
ii) The Parabrahman's form
iii) Parabrahman's qualities 
   a) He is full of qualities.
   b) His qualities are infinite

Now we will continue to meditate on the infinitely great and exalted qualities of Parabrahman.

iii. c) His qualities are non-material: Though we see many people/devatas qualified with many qualities/opulences in the material world, their opulences are much different from the Lord’s opulences. The key difference is that the qualities/opulences possessed by us are tainted with the three modes of nature whereas the Lord’s opulences are beyond the modes of natureThat’s why the Absolute is sometimes called as nirguna in the Vedas which means absence of the three modes of material nature. This is stated by the Lord Himself in Bhagavatam (11.13.40) as follows:

māṁ bhajanti guṇāḥ sarve nirguṇaṁ nirapekṣakam
suhṛdaṁ priyam ātmānaṁ sāmyāsaṅgādayo ’guṇāḥ

All superior transcendental qualities, such as being beyond the modes of nature, detached, the well-wisher, the most dear, the Supersoul, equally situated everywhere, and free from material entanglement — all such qualities, free from the transformations of material qualities, find their shelter and worshipable object in Me.

So by remembering the Lord’s qualities or opulences one can attain freedom from the modes of nature and regain our transcendental nature. So the Vedic scriptures list several transcendental qualities of the Absolute truth as follows. 

manomayaḥ prāṇaśarīro bhārūpaḥ satyasaṃkalpa ākāśātmā
sarvakarmā sarvakāmaḥ sarvagandhaḥ sarvarasaḥ sarvam idam
abhyatto 'vāky anādaraḥ eṣa ma ātmā antarhṛdaye etad brahma

This Supreme Brahman who is present in the heart is full of knowledge, has a form made of energy and whose form is effulgent; He possess unfettered will, His divine form shines everywhere; He is performer of wonderful acts; He possesses all spiritual desires, all spiritual fragrance, spiritual tastes; He possesses all auspicious attributes; He is free from false speech and does not need any support from anyone. (Chandogya Upanishad-3.14.2,4).

The Lord’s greatness in terms of qualities was demonstrated in the Rajasuya yajna performed by Yudhishtira Maharaja. In the yajna, a question was raised on who should be offered the Agra puja (the initial worship). Bhishmadeva said that Lord Krishna who possesses all transcendental qualities should be offered the worship. He also listed many of the Lord’s qualities and prompted Sahadeva to offer the worship to Lord Krishna. When the Lord was worshipped, Sisupala who was envious of Lord Krishna, blasphemed the Lord and said He does not deserve any respect in the Yajna. To this Sahadeva replied, "I request all the intelligent people here to approve this worship. If anyone does not tolerate the worship of Lord Krishna who is endowed with all transcendental qualities, then I will place my left foot on the head of those people", and he raised his foot. No kings in the assembly (except Sisupala) said objection to this statement. And a huge shower of flowers fell from the sky on Sahadeva’s head from sky and a celestial voice said ”Excellent, Excellent”. This proves that the Lord is possessor of all glorious qualities and hence denoted by the word Brahman/Parabrahman. 

In his book, Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Srila Prabhupada explains that there is no end to the Lord's qualities."In the Vishnu Purana (1.12.57) the word Brahman is said to indicate the greatest of all, the Supreme Lord, who as the greatest expands with no limit. One may conceive of Brahman’s greatness, yet this greatness grows in such a way that no one can estimate how great He actually is.”

Krishna willing we will meditate more on the qualities of Absolute Truth in the following offerings.

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