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ŚB 10.14.56


वस्तुतो जानतामत्र कृष्णं स्थास्‍नु चरिष्णु च ।
भगवद्रूपमखिलं नान्यद् वस्त्विह किञ्चन ॥ ५६ ॥


vastuto jānatām atra
kṛṣṇaṁ sthāsnu cariṣṇu ca
bhagavad-rūpam akhilaṁ
nānyad vastv iha kiñcana


vastutaḥ — in fact; jānatām — for those who understand; atra — in this world; kṛṣṇam — Lord Kṛṣṇa; sthāsnu — stationary; cariṣṇu — moving; ca — and; bhagavat-rūpam — the manifest forms of the Personality of Godhead; akhilam — everything; na — nothing; anyat — else; vastu — substance; iha — here; kiñcana — at all.


Those in this world who understand Lord Kṛṣṇa as He is see all things, whether stationary or moving, as manifest forms of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Such enlightened persons recognize no reality apart from the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa.


Everything exists within Lord Kṛṣṇa, and Lord Kṛṣṇa exists within everything. Still, the order of progression is always from the energetic to the expanded energy. Lord Kṛṣṇa is the original identity, from whom all other identities emanate. He is the supreme energetic, from whom all categories and dimensions of energy become manifest. Thus, our personal bodies, self, family, friends, nation, planet, universe and so on are all manifestations of the Supreme Lord, who expands Himself through His personal potencies. Lord Kṛṣṇa is certainly the supreme object of our love and attraction, and other objects, such as body, family and home, should be secondary objects of our affection. Moreover, a close analytic study of the actual situation will reveal that even the secondary objects of love are also manifestations of Lord Kṛṣṇa. The conclusion is that Lord Kṛṣṇa is our only friend and object of love.

In his Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Śrīla Prabhupāda comments on this verse as follows: “Without being an expansion of Kṛṣṇa, nothing can be attractive. Whatever is attractive within the cosmic manifestation is due to Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa is therefore the reservoir of all pleasure. The active principle of everything is Kṛṣṇa, and highly elevated transcendentalists see everything in connection with Him. In the Caitanya-caritāmṛta it is stated that a mahā-bhāgavata, a highly advanced devotee, sees Kṛṣṇa as the active principle in all moving and nonmoving living entities. Therefore he sees everything within this cosmic manifestation in relation to Kṛṣṇa.”