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26. Can you describe God?
I asked many people (non-Hindus) this question and I got the following replies:
God cannot be seen (invisible)
God is love
God is great
God is in the sky
God has not been seen by anyone
God was crucified

None of these people have actually answered the question. They obviously have not read the Bhagavad-Gita. Just by looking at the Bhagavad-Gita for one second, you can see the all-beautiful God. By reading a few pages, you will know how merciful, loving, and great, God is. By surrendering unto Lord Krishna, one is guaranteed to return to the spiritual creation (the kingdom of God) at the end of this short life. In the spiritual creation called Vaikuntha, everyone lives eternally in the same body which is completely beautiful, full of bliss/love, full of knowledge, no old age, no disease, and with no misery. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam, a full description and history of God is given.

# His complexion is dark-blue, like that of a rain filled cloud
# His eyes are like lotus petals
# He is ever youthful
# He is full of bliss
# His beauty excels that of thousands of cupids
# He likes to play the flute
# He wears a peacock feather in his crown
# He wears the Kaustubha jewel around his neck
# He wears yellow garments

Bhagvan Shri Krishna

If you know God’s name, address, description, qualities, pastimes, history of when He appeared in the past, when He will appear in the future, how He creates and maintains, how He witnesses all our actions. Then you know God, otherwise you don’t know God. You will find all this information, only in the Vedic scriptures like the Bhagavad-Gita and the Srimad-Bhagavatam.

“His mouth expresses His happiness. His eyes spread like the petals of a lotus, and His garments, yellowish like the saffron of a kadamba flower, are bedecked with valuable jewels. His ornaments are all made of gold, set with jewels, and He wears a glowing head dress and earrings. His lotus feet are placed over the whorls of the lotus like hearts of great mystics. On His chest is the Kaustubha jewel, engraved with a beautiful calf, and there are other jewels on His shoulders. His complete torso is garlanded with fresh flowers. He is well decorated with an ornamental wreath about His waist and rings studded with valuable jewels on His fingers. His leglets, His bangles, His oiled hair, curling with a bluish tint, and His beautiful smiling face are all very pleasing.” (SrimadBhagavatam 2.2.9-11)

27. Does God appear in His eternal Body many times?
“Although I am unborn, imperishable, eternal, and the Lord of all living beings, using My internal energy, I still appear in My original spiritual form [human like form].” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 4.6)

Lord Krishna has a body that is most beautiful, eternal, full of bliss, and knowledge. He appears in His original spiritual body once in every 8.64 billion years. He last appeared 5000 years ago on this planet in the current cycle of creation and annihilation. The duration of each cycle is 311 trillion, 40 billion years and so far we have passed 155.522 trillion years and thus we still have 155.518 trillion years to go before this cycle ends (end of the universe). Lord Krishna has appeared more than 18,000 times (155.522 trillion divided by 8.64 billion) in his original spiritual body (the same body each time) on this planet in the current cycle so far. Before this cycle there were trillions of cycles (each of 311 trillion, 40 billion years) and He has appeared in each and every cycle, thousands of times in His eternal spiritual body (the same body). Just think how great Lord Krishna (God) is?

Do you know anyone else who has appeared more than 18,000 times in the same body? Do you know anyone who has appeared more than once in the same body? The simple answer is no.

“Foolish men, disregard me when I appear in a human like body. They do not know that my nature is spiritual, and I am the great Lord of everything. (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 9.11)

Lord Krishna appears in the same body each time He appears, but we cannot. This is one of the differences between God and the living beings. The foolish and less intelligent cannot understand that the supreme person appears in His human like form on this planet to perform transcendental pastimes.

28. Does God have all memory?
Lord Krishna is omniscient, which means that He knows the past, present, and the future. “Arjuna, you and I have taken many births. I can remember all of them, but you cannot.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 4.5)

“I completely know the past, the present, and the future. I also know all living beings, but no one really knows Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.26)

Lord Krishna is stating that He can remember everything but we cannot. This is one of the differences between God and the living beings. God has a memory that is perfect and He can remember not just His own past appearances, but also mine, yours and all living beings. Lord

Krishna knows exactly where and what all the living beings, including you and me were doing trillions of years ago. This is how great Lord Krishna (God) is.

Lord Krishna knows every moment of all His trillions of incarnations, and He also knows every moment of every living beings present and past lives.

29. Who is the origin of everything?
Lord Krishna is the origin of everything.

“I am the origin of all creations. There is nothing, moving or non-moving, that can exist without Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.39)

“I am the origin of the whole creation. Everything emanates from me. The wise worship Me [Krishna] with devotion.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.8)

Lord Krishna claims to be the origin of everything. No other person on the planet existing now or in the past has claimed to be the origin of everything. This is because only Lord Krishna is the origin of everything.

“All living beings have their source from My material and spiritual energies, and know for certain that I am the origin and dissolution of the entire creation.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.6)

30. Who is the greatest Person?
Lord Krishna is omnipotent, which means that He is the greatest. If one studies all the documents on the planet and accepts the truth, then one will realize that only Lord Krishna has proved Himself to be the greatest Person.

“There is nothing superior to Me. Everything is resting upon Me. Just like pearls are strung on a thread.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.7)

“I am transcendental, beyond the fallible and infallible, and because I am the greatest, I am celebrated as the Supreme person, on the material, and spiritual planets, and in the Vedas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.18)

31. Who is the most powerful Person?
According to the scientists it would take over 400 billion nuclear weapons to produce the same amount of heat that the sun produces in just 1 second, and the sun has been giving this heat for millions of years, and there are millions of suns, one in each universe.

“The light of the sun, which illuminates the entire universe, and the light of the moon and fire, all come from Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.12)

“With a single particle of Myself [Krishna], I maintain the entire creation.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.42)

Many people say God is great, but they have no idea how great He is. In the above verses, Lord Krishna is stating that He is the maintainer and controller of the sun, and the moon in millions of universes. Lord Krishna, in His Maha-Vishnu expansion, has millions of universes coming out of His body with every exhalation, and with every inhalation, millions of universes go back into His body.

“Everything that is opulent, beautiful, and glorious, is created from a spark of My splendor.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.41)

From a single spark of Lord Krishna, millions of universes are created. Can you imagine how great Lord Krishna (God) is?

32. Is God present everywhere?
Yes, Lord Krishna is omnipresent, which means He is present everywhere.

“The Supreme person is greater than all, and although He is present on His supreme abode, He is also present everywhere, and He is attainable by unalloyed devotion.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 8.22)

The sun is situated in one place but the sunshine is everywhere in the universe. In a similar way, Lord Krishna is always situated in one place on His abode, but He is also present everywhere within this universe and in the millions of other universes. If the material sun, which is a creation of God, is all pervading, meaning the sun is present everywhere, then why can’t the person who has created the sun also be all pervading?

“I am the super soul, situated within the heart of all living beings. I am the origin, the middle, and the end of all living beings.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.20)

Those who are against deity worship limit the greatness of God. As they cannot understand that God is all pervading. This means God must be present everywhere, including within the deities.

Lord Krishna is present in the heart of all living beings as the super soul. He is present in every atom, and He is also present on His own planet called “Goloka Vrindavan”. We can only say that God is present everywhere, if He is also present in the atom, otherwise we cannot say that God is present everywhere.

“I exist within everything, and I am therefore the essence of the atomic constituents of material elements. (Lord Krishna, Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.15.12)

A person who is present everywhere must be greater than a person who is not present everywhere. Thus, God must be present everywhere because He is great. God is great means God has to be smaller than the smallest and bigger than the biggest. Lord Krishna is the smallest as He is present within the smallest particle, atom. Lord Krishna is also the largest. In His form as Maha-Vishnu, He is so big that millions of universes are coming out of the pores on His body with every exhalation, and with every inhalation, the universes go back into His body. Can you imagine how big, how small, and how great Lord Krishna (God) is?

33. Is God part of matter?
No.
Some people say God cannot be omnipresent (not present everywhere) because how can God be in dirt?

Although Lord Krishna (God) is present everywhere, the source of everything, and everything is His energy. He is aloof from all His material creations. He is not affected by His material creations. This is the inconceivable opulence of Lord Krishna. This is how great Lord Krishna (God) is.

“..Although I am everywhere, I am not part of this cosmic manifestation, for My self is the very source of creation.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.5)

The sky is everywhere, but it does not mix with anything. In a similar way, Lord Krishna is present everywhere but He does not mix with anything.

“The sky, due to its subtle nature, does not mix with anything, although it is allpervading.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 13.33)

The air enters into water, mud, stool and other filth, but still it does not mix with anything. In a similar way, Lord Krishna is present in water, mud, stool, but He does not mix with them. He is aloof from them.

The sunshine is everywhere but it is not attached to anything. In a similar way, Lord Krishna is everywhere but He is not attached to anything.

The wind is blowing everywhere but the aromas it passes through do not affect it. In a similar way, Lord Krishna is everywhere but He is not affected by anything.

34. Who is the father of all living beings?
Lord Krishna is the father of all living beings.
“All species of living beings in this material creation appear by taking birth, and I am the seed giving father.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 14.4)

“I am the father of the universe, the supporter, the mother, and the grandfather. I am the purifier, the sacred syllable ‘aum’, and the object of knowledge. I am also the Rig, Sama, and Yajur Vedas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.17)

35. Who controls the heat and rain?
Lord Krishna is the Supreme controller of the heat and rain.

“I control the heat. I withhold and send forth the rain. I am immortality, and death. I am spirit and matter.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.19)

Here is another proof of Lord Krishna being God, He is death. When your time is up, Lord Krishna in the form of death, takes your soul out of your body (death) and transfers it to another body.

36. Is God present in the heart?
Yes.
“I am the super soul, situated within the heart of all living beings. I am the origin, the middle, and the end of all living beings.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.20)

God is present in the heart of all living beings including plants, and animals as the super soul, next to the individual soul. Thus, there are 2 souls in every living body.

In fact there are millions of souls within bodies, because there are millions of bacteria within the body, and within each bacteria body, there is the individual soul and the super soul.

37. Who is the witness to all our actions?
Some people believe that there is no karma, as they think that there is no witness to our actions and so how can we suffer or enjoy based on our past actions.

“I am the witness…” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.18)

God is the witness to all our actions. He is present in the heart and thus the overseer of all our activities. On the Day of Judgment, which is immediately at death, the perfect witness and judge (God) will sentence you without making any mistakes.

“In the body, there is also the super soul. He is the master, supreme enjoyer, overseer, and the permitter – The supreme Lord.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 13.23)

Many times we will attempt to do certain things and sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t. This is due to God. He is the permitter, and without the sanction of Lord Krishna (God), nothing can happen. We can make plans, but only Lord Krishna can make them come true.

“I am seated in the hearts of all living beings, from Me comes memory, knowledge, and forgetfulness. I am the compiler, knower of the Vedas, and known by all the Vedas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.15)

Even our memory, knowledge, and forgetfulness are due to the grace of God.

38. How brilliant does God look?
“If many thousands of suns were to rise all at once in the sky, the radiance produced by this, might resemble the effulgence of the great Lord.” (Arjuna, Bhagavad-Gita 11.12)

This is one of the great nesses of Lord Krishna that no one else can exhibit.

Lord Krishna showed His universal form which was more effulgent than thousands of suns all rising at the same time, to prove that He is God so that if in the future if anyone claims to be God, then he should be prepared to show his universal form like Krishna’s. If he cannot then he is not God but an imposter. In the past 5000 years since Lord Krishna appeared, there has been no competitor, only cheap imposters.

39. What God should I follow?
You can follow an unknown, unproven, and invisible God, or you can follow the known, proven, and visible God, Lord Krishna. The choice is yours.

“By pure devotional service unto Me [Krishna], one can know Me as the Supreme person in truth, and thereafter one can enter into My kingdom.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.55)

“You are the Supreme Brahman [the Supreme person], the Supreme abode, the Supreme purifier, the eternal divine person, and the greatest. All the great sages including Narada, Asita, Devala, and Vyasa have proclaimed this truth about you and now you are proclaiming this to me. (Arjuna to Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.12-13)

40. Does everything we have come from God?

Yes, we have the same qualities that God has, but in a minute quantity.
We have a form, because God has a form.
We are beautiful to some degree, because God is most beautiful.
We are powerful to some degree, because God is most powerful.
We have some knowledge, because God has all knowledge.
We have some intelligence, because God has all intelligence.
We are merciful to some degree, because God is most merciful.
We love to some degree, because God is all loving.
We are peaceful to some degree, because God is most peaceful.
We are caring to some degree, because God is most caring.
We can remember some things from our childhood, because God can remember everything from every individual’s past.

“I am the origin of the whole creation. Everything emanates from me. The wise worship Me [Krishna] with devotion.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.8)

41. Does God have a form?
Yes, God has a form. You have a form, the plants and animals have forms, so why shouldn’t the person from whom all forms originate have a form?

Your father has a form, your grandfather had a form, and your great grandfather had a form. In this way, if you go back to the original person, from whom we all originate, God, He also has a form, and that’s why we have a form.

The purpose of religion is to know and love God, but unless there is realization of the transcendental form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, there is no question of love of God.

“Foolish men, disregard Me when I appear in a human like body. They do not know that My nature is spiritual, and I am the great Lord of everything. (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.11)

Lord Krishna appears in His original form once in every day of Brahma, which is every 8.64 billion years. So far in the current cycle, Lord Krishna has appeared more than 18,000 times on this planet in His original spiritual form. He has also appeared millions of times in many other forms such as Lord Ram, Lord Buddha etc.

42. Is there scientific basis for God having a Form?
If God can deliver His message, then from a scientific analysis, there must be some intelligent noise, which must be produced by some intelligent vibrations, which must come from the mouth of an intelligent living being. If there is a mouth, then there must be ears, nose, chest, hands, and legs.
Thus, God must be a person with a form.

If one thinks that God does not have a form, then it means there are no legs, no hands, no chest, no nose, no ears, no mouth, no vibrations, and no message. This means there is no God (atheistic). Can you love an invisible person? The simple answer is no.

Can you serve an invisible person? The simple answer is no.
Can you show your love to someone you have not seen, for example someone in the womb? The simple answer is no.

“Although I am unborn, imperishable, eternal, and the Lord of all living beings, using My internal energy, I still appear in My original spiritual form [human like form].” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 4.6)

43. Do you worship idols?
No. We don’t worship idols but deities of God. God is a Person with a Form, and He wants to be worshipped in an image Form. This can be proven by the fact that it’s God who has been creating those who worship Him in the image Form for millions of years, the Sanatan-Dharma followers (Hindus). And the same God has been creating those who don’t worship Him in the image Form, the non-Hindus, for only a few thousand years at most.

Thus, it’s God’s will that those who worship Him in the image form are eternal (the Hindus) and those who cannot understand God having a Form or those who are against image worship are not eternal (non-Hindus).

If you read all the scriptures on the planet, you will learn that except for the Hindus, no other race or religious group has existed for more than a few thousand years. The Hindus have existed for millions of years and all other races originate from the Hindus. This is the will of God.

The deities will appear as stone or wood to those who are not qualified to know God. But for the sincere devotees of God, the deities are real, and on many occasions, the deities actually come alive. But God is not so cheap, He cannot be known by everyone, especially the Yavanas and Mlechhas (animal killers and those who are opposed to the Vedic principles/culture).

“I am not manifest to everyone. The foolish persons are covered by My internal potency [Yoga Maya] and they cannot understand that I am unborn, and eternal, with a spiritual form.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.25)

44. Does everyone worship God via an image?
Yes.
* The Muslims bow down to the black stone in the Kaaba when they pray
* The Christians face the cross when they pray
* The learned Hindus, face a deity of Lord Krishna when they pray

Thus, everyone worships God via an image of some sort based on his or her understanding of God.
“Those who without deviation, meditate upon me, worship me, fix their mind on me, and become attached to Me, I very quickly deliver them from material existence, which is an ocean of birth, death, and miseries.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 12.6-7)

Lord Krishna is saying that if we worship Him in the deity form, then we can be freed from material existence and go back to the spiritual creation where people live eternally in the same body which is completely beautiful, completely blissful, with no trace of misery, disease, or old age.

45. What is the relationship between the living entities and God?
We are the eternal part and parcel of God.

All living beings are part of God. Each soul is a tiny particle of God. However, this does not mean that we are God, just as a drop of ocean water is part of the ocean but it’s not the ocean. The drop of water has the same qualities as the water in the ocean, but the quantity of the potency is not the same. In a similar way, all living beings have the same qualities as God, but the quantity of the potency is very tiny. God is great and we are not.

“All living entities are My eternal fragmental particles. Due to material nature, they are conditioned by the six senses, including the mind, and struggle very hard.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.7)

The six senses are: ears, eyes, nose, tongue, touch, mind

46. Is Krishna a mean God?
By reading the non-Vedic scriptures, one would think that God is very mean and merciless, because he sends people to eternal hell, burns people, and orders his followers to hate others and so on. The real God is loving and responsible. He would not make such irresponsible statements. Lord Krishna is the real God. He is loving, merciful and forgiving. He does not bully or hate anyone, nor does He order His followers to hate others. Krishna is nice. He is equal to all living beings because they are His children, and He loves all His children. Krishna advises His followers to be friendly to all
living beings.

“I hate no one. I am equal to all living beings…” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.29)
“…One who has no enemies among all living beings comes to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 11.55)

“One who is compassionate to all living beings … – These are some of the qualities of those born with divine nature.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 16.1-3)

“One who does not hate anyone, is friendly and compassionate to all living beings, shares his belongings with others, has no sense of ownership, free from ego; even-minded in both happiness and distress, forgiving, tolerant in all situations, always satisfied, worships Me with determination and devotion. Such a person is very dear to Me.” (Lord Krishna,
Bhagavad-Gita 12.13-14)

47. What is Dr Frog mentality?
A frog living in a well is called ”Dr Frog”, because he knows everything about the well. He thinks that the water in the well is everything, because he only knows the well. He doesn’t know that outside the well there is a vast ocean, which has trillions of gallons of more water than the well.

In a similar way, by only reading the non-Vedic or recently created scriptures, one will have the mentality of Dr Frog.
This mentality being:

God is invisible, as he has not seen God or he is following someone who has not seen God
# God only has one prophet, because he thinks God has limitations
# God has created just one planet with living beings (this planet), because he has never been beyond this planet
# Humans have only existed for only 6000 years, because he cannot imagine anything beyond a few thousand years
# The World is coming to an end soon, because he thinks everything is centered around his own limited life and perception
# We never existed before this life (no reincarnation), because he cannot remember his past lives so he assumes there were none
# People suffer or enjoy by chance (no karma), because he cannot understand how things happen, he assumes it’s all by chance

“I am not manifest to everyone. The foolish persons are covered by My internal potency [Yoga Maya] and they cannot understand that I am unborn, and eternal, with a spiritual form.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.25)

“Foolish men, disregard me when I appear in a human like body. They do not know that My nature is spiritual, and I am the great Lord of everything. (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.11)

Not everyone can understand or know God, because He is not so cheap. Only those who are open minded and pious can understand and know that Lord Krishna is the Supreme person, God. For the others, God will be unknown/invisible/unseen.

48. What is the peace formula for the whole world?
# All living beings including the animals are the children of the one God. This means we are all brothers and sisters
# We are the soul and not the body. All souls are unique individuals, full of love, bliss, knowledge, and eternal
# God is present in every living being. This means every living being is divine and thus we should not hurt others
Anyone who seriously accepts these teachings, which are unique to the Bhagavad-Gita, would:
# Not hate, kill, or eat any of his brothers and sisters
# Love all living beings
# Become charitable and share his wealth and time with his unfortunate brothers and sisters

“Those who are wise, have real knowledge, understanding, and gentleness. They see with equal vision, a Brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog, and a dog eater.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 5.18)

The spiritually self-realized persons will see all living beings and especially all humans with equal vision. Thus all living beings are my brothers and sisters and I should serve them all.

“One who knows Me [Krishna] as the beneficiary of all sacrifices, penances, austerities, and the supreme Lord of all the planets, demigods, and the well-wisher of all living beings, can attain peace from the miseries of material life.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 5.29)

49. What causes humans to hate each other?
Due to bodily designations and manmade ideologies, we hate and fight each other:
# The white man thinks that he is superior to the non-whites
# The black man thinks that he is superior to the non-blacks
# The people of one nation think themselves superior to the people of other nations
# The people of one religion think themselves superior to the people of other religions
# The healthy consider themselves superior to those who are diseased
# The males think themselves superior to the females
# The rich consider themselves superior to those who are poor
# The old consider themselves to be superior to the young and so on….

“One who does not hate anyone, is friendly and compassionate to all living beings, shares his belongings with others, has no sense of ownership, free from ego; even-minded in both happiness and distress, forgiving, tolerant in all situations, always satisfied, worships Me with determination and devotion. Such a person is very dear to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 12.13-14)

Lord Krishna states that those who give up bodily designations and are friendly to all living beings are very dear to him.

50. What is Owl mentality?
If you tell an Owl to look up and see the sun, they will say no, there is no sun. Out of the 7 billion people in the World today, at least 6 billion people believe God is unknown/invisible/unseen and thus they cannot describe Him.

Lord Krishna very clearly states that He is God and He also proved it many times, but still the Owls will not look at the evidence.

“All living beings have their source from My material and spiritual energies, and know for certain that I am the origin and dissolution of the entire creation.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.6)

“I am the origin of all creations. There is nothing, moving or non-moving, that can exist without Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.39)

Lord Krishna is the only person who states that He is the origin and dissolution of everything and nothing can exist without Him. This is because, He is God.

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