Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 358

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Attaining the Supreme
Chapter 8: Verse-9

kavim puränam anusäsitäram anor aniyämsam anusmared yah
sarvasya dhätäram acintya-rüpam äditya-varnam tamasah parastät [1]


One should meditate upon the Supreme Person as the one who knows everything, as He who is the oldest, who is the controller, who is smaller than the smallest, who is the maintainer of everything, who is beyond all material conception, who is inconceivable, and who is always a person. He is luminous like the sun, and He is transcendental, beyond this material nature.


The process of thinking of the Supreme is mentioned in this verse. The foremost point is that He is not impersonal or void. One cannot meditate on something impersonal or void. That is very difficult. The process of thinking of Krsna, however, is very easy and is factually stated herein. First of all, the Lord is purusa, a person—we think of the person Räma and the person Krsna. And whether one thinks of Räma or of Krsna, what He is like is described in this verse of Bhagavad-gita. The Lord is kavi; that is He knows past, present and future and therefore knows everything. He is the oldest personality because He is the origin of everything; everything is born out of Him. He is also the supreme controller of the universe, and He is the maintainer and instructor of humanity. He is smaller than the smallest. The living entity is one ten-thousandth part of the tip of a hair, but the Lord is so inconceivably small that He enters into the heart of this particle. Therefore He is called smaller than the smallest.



  1. kavim=the one who knows everything; puränam=the oldest;
    anusäsitäram=the controller; anoh=than the atom; aniyämsam=smaller; anusmaret=always thinks of; yah=one who; sarvasya=of everything;
    dhätäram=the maintainer; acintya=inconceivable; rüpam=whose form; ditya-varnam=luminous like the sun; tamasah=to darkness;

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