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SB 1.11.37 (1964)

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

TEXT No. 37

Tam ayam manyate loko hi asaktam api sanginam Atma oupamyena manujam baprinwaman yatah abudhah.


Tam—unto Lord Krishna, Ayam—all these (common men) Manyate—do speculate within the mind, Loko—the conditioned souls, Hi—certainly, Asaktam—non-attached, Api—inspite of, Sanginam—affected, Atma—self, Oupamyena—by comparison with self, Manujam—ordinary man, Baprinwanam—being engaged in, Yatah—because, Abudhah—fool on account of ignorance.


The common materialistic conditioned souls or men do speculate within the mind that the Lord is one of them, out of foolish ignorance, taking the Lord as affected in matter although He is non-attached.


The word 'Abudha' is significant here. Due to ignorance only the foolish mundane wranglers misunderstand the Supreme Lord and spread their foolish imaginations amongst innocent persons by foolish propaganda. The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna is the Original Primeval Personality of Godhead and when He was personally present before the eyes of everyone, He displayed full fledged Divine-potency in every field of activities. As we have already explained in the first verse of Srimad Bhagwatam, He is completely independant to act whatever He likes but all His actions are full of bliss, knowledge and eternity. Only the foolish mundaners misunderstand Him without any depth of knowledge about His eternal form of knowledge and blissfulness and as confirmed in the Bhagwat Geeta and Upanishads, His different potencies do work in a perfect plan of natural sequence, and doing everything by the exigency of His different potency, He remains eternally the Supreme independant. When He descends on the material world by His causeless mercy on different patterns of living being, He does so by His own potency. He is not subject to any condition of the material modes of nature and He descends as He is Originally. The mental speculators misunderstand Him as the Supreme Person, and they consider His impersonal features as inexplicable Brahman the great. Such conception of Him is also product of conditioned life, because they cannot go beyond their own personal capacity. Therefore, one who brings about the Lord on the level of one's limited potency is only a common man. Such man cannot be convinced that the Personality of Godhead is always unaffected by the modes of material nature. They cannot understand that the Sun is always unaffected by the contamination of infectious matter. Why it is so because they compare everything from the stand point of experimental knowledge of their ownselves. As such when the Lord is found to act like an ordinary person in the matter of tieing Himself in matrimonial bondage, they consider the Lord like one of them with poor fund of knowledge of the fact that the Lord can marry also at once sixteen thousands of wives or more than that. Due to poor fund of knowledge they accept one side of the picture while disbelieving the other. This means that due to ignorance only they always think of Lord Krishna as one of them and make their own conclusions which are absurd and unauthentic from the version of the SRIMAD BHAGWATAM.