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(Vs. 3.2.

36)

3.9.11
tvam bhakti-yoga-paribhavita-hrt-saroja
asse sruteksita-patho nanu natha pumsam
yad-yad-dhiya ta urugaya vibhavayanti
tat-tad-vapuh pranayase sad-anugrahaya

tvam--unto You; bhakti-yoga--in devotional service; paribhavita--being


one hundred percent engaged; hrt--of the heart; saroje--on the lotus;
asse--You reside; sruta-iksita--seen through the ear; pathah--the path;
nanu--now; natha--O my Lord; pumsam--of the devotees; yat-yat--
whichever; dhiya--by meditating; te--Your; urugaya--O multiglorious;
vibhavayanti--they specifically think of; tat-tat--the very same;
vapuh--transcendental form; pranayase--do You manifest; sat-anugrahaya-
-to show Your caus eless mercy.

O my Lord, Your devotees can see You through the ears by the
process of bona fide hearing, and thus their hearts become cleansed,
and You take Your seat there. You are so merciful to Your devotees that
You manifest Yourself in the particular eternal form of transcendence
in which they always think of You.

Adhikarana 17: The Supreme Lord is the highest.

OBJECTION: SVETASVATARA UPANISAD (3.8) TELLS OF THE MAHA-PURUSA, THE


GREATEST PERSON. BUT VERSE 3.10 DECLARES, TATO YAD UTTARATARAM TAD
ARUPAM ANAMAYAM: 'BEYOND THAT, THE SUPREME HAS NO FORM AND NO
SUFFERING.'
THEREFORE BEYOND THE PERSONAL CONCEPTION OF THE SUPREME LORD THE
IMPERSONAL BRAHMAN IS THE HIGHEST.

REPLY: THIS STANDPOINT IS WRONG, FOR SCRIPTURE DENIES THAT ANYTHING IS


HIGHER THAN THE SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD. 'BEYOND THAT' (IN
VERSE 3.10 QUOTED ABOVE) REFERS TO THE MATERIAL WORLD, WHICH IS SPOKEN
OF IN VERSE 3.9. THE LATTER VERSE ALSO STATES, YASMAT PARAM NAPARAM
ASTI, 'THERE IS NO TRUTH SUPERIOR TO THE SUPREME PERSON.'
(Vs. 3.2.37)

2.9.32,33
yavan aham yatha-bhavo
yad-rupa-guna-karmakah
tathaiva tattva-vijnanam
astu te mad-anugrahat

yavan--as I am in eternal form; aham--Myself; yatha--as much as;


bhavah--transcendental existence; yat--those; rupa--various forms and
colors; guna--qualities; karmakah--activities; tatha--so and so; eva--
certainly; tattva-vijnanam--factual realization; astu--let it be; te--
unto you; mat--My; anugrahat--by causeless mercy.

All of Me, namely My actual eternal form and My transcendental


existence, color, qualities and activities--let all be awakened within
you by factual realization, out of My causeless mercy.

aham evasam evagre


nanyad yat sad-asat param
pascad aham yad etac ca
yo 'vasisyeta so 'smy aham

aham--I, the Personality of Godhead; eva--certainly; asam--existed;


eva--only; agre--before the creation; na--never; anyat--anything else;
yat--all those; sat--the effect; asat--the cause; param--the supreme;
pascat--at the end; aham--I, the Personal ity of Godhead; yat--all
these; etat--creation; ca--also; yah--everything; avasisyeta--remains;
sah--that; asmi--I am; aham--I, the Personality of Godhead.

Brahma, it is I, the Personality of Godhead, who was existing


before the creation, when there was nothing but Myself. Nor was there
the material nature, the cause of this creation. That which you see now
is also I, the Personality of Godhead, and after annihilation what
remains will also be I, the Personality of Godhead.

2.9.36
etavad eva jijnasyam
tattva jijnasunatmanah
anvaya-vyatirekabhyam
yat syat samatra sarvada

etavat--up to this; eva--certainly; jijnasyam--is to be inquired;


tattva--the Absolute Truth; jijnasuna--by the student; atmanah--of the
Self; anvaya--directly; vyatirekabhyam--indirectly; yat--whatever;
syat--it may be; sarvatra--in all space and time; samada--in all
circumstances.

A person who is searching after the Supreme Absolute Truth, the


Personality of Godhead, most certainly must search for it up to this,
in all circumstances, in all space and time, and both directly and
indirectly.

Adhikarana 18: The Supreme Lord is all-pervading.

OBJECTION: THE PERSONAL CONCEPTION OF GOD IS LIMITED BECAUSE HE HAS


A FORM. HAVING FORM, HE IS NOT ALL-PERVADING. THAT FORM WORSHIPED BY
HIS DEVOTEES IS DIFFERENTIATED FROM THE FORMS AND FEATURES OF THE REST
OF THE WORLD. THUS HE CANNOT BE ABSOLUTE, FOR HE IS NOT WHERE THE
WORLD IS.

REPLY: THIS STANDPOINT IS WRONG, FOR SCRIPTURE DECLARES THAT THE SUPREME
PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD IS ALL-PERVADING.