“While Vasudeva was carrying his son Krishna in the falling rain, Lord Shesha in the shape of a serpent spread His hood over the head of Vasudeva so that he would not be hampered by the rainfall.” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 1, Ch 3)
“The Supreme Personality of Godhead” is the chosen English translation for the Sanskrit word Bhagavan by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The use of the lengthy term is both accurate and intentional. There is more to the Divine than just “God,” which implies greatness but stops short at defining it. God is all-pervading, but that doesn’t necessarily describe features belonging to an individual.
Bhagavan is an individual, distinct from me and you. He is the supreme personal, meaning that His abilities are beyond our comprehension. He is the supreme amongst all forms of…
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