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Krishna – The Artist Behind His Art

Krishna – The Artist Behind His Art

The word Krishna means “the all-attractive one” – someone who possesses all beauty, all strength, all wealth, all fame, all knowledge and all renunciation in full. All beauty that exists everywhere in people, nature, various living entities, heavenly beings and so on exists simultaneously and in its entirety in Krishna who is the source of it all. Impossible to imagine, isn’t it? The same goes for wealth, strength, fame, knowledge, and renunciation.

In Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 10.41, Krishna says:

“Know that all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.”

Prabhupada further elaborates on this in his morning walk conversation:

Prabhupada: . . . How one bird or flower should be beautiful, nicely decorated? Krishna gives His energy only a little and everything is there. Sva-bhaviki jnana . . . just as if a very good artist has painted nicely. Sva-bhaviki-jnana-bala-kriya ca (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 6.8). How to do it, that Krishna knows. That is His inconceivable energy.
Sudama: So then like the sunset, that is also Krishna’s artistry?
Prabhupada: Everywhere. (break) . . . mam pashyati sarvatra sarvam ca mayi pashyati (BG 6.30). That is advancement of Krishna consciousness: everywhere one sees Krishna, and in Krishna he sees everything. Therefore he sees Krishna only. He sees nothing. And the atheist will say, “Where is Krishna?” And advanced devotee will say: “Everywhere Krishna, antar bahih, inside and outside.” Nato natyadharo yatha (SB 1.8.19).

Bhagavad Gita As It Is 10.41
Srila Prabhupada morning walk conversation. Honolulu, January 23, 1974.