The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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that burns all things.  Changing Himself into Water, He drenches and submerges all, and assuming the form of Brahman, He creates all the diverse tribes of animate and inanimate creatures.  He is Himself the Veda, yet he learns all the Vedas.  He is Himself all the ordinances, yet He observes all the ordinances that have been laid down in matters connected with Righteousness and the Vedas and that force or might which rules the world.  Indeed, know, O Yudhishthira, that this Kesava is all the mobile and immobile universe.  He is of the form of the most resplendent light.  Of universal form, this Krishna is displayed in that blazing effulgence.  The original cause of the soul of all existent creatures, He at first created the waters.  Afterwards He created this universe.  Know that this Krishna is Vishnu.  Know that He is the soul of the universe.  Know that He is all the seasons; He is these diverse wonderful vegetations of Nature which we see; He is the clouds that pour rain and the lightening that flashes in the sky.  He is the elephant Airavata.  In fact, He is all the immobile and mobile universe.  The abode of the universe and transcending all attributes, this Krishna is Vasudeva.  When He becomes Jiva He comes to be called Sankarshana.  Next, He transforms Himself into Pradyumna and then into Aniruddha.  In this way, the high-souled Krishna, who has Himself for His origin divides (or displays) Himself in fourfold form.  Desirous of creating this universe which consists of the fivefold primal elements.  He sets himself to his task, and causes it to go on in the fivefold form of animate existence consisting of deities and Asuras and human beings and beasts and birds.  He it is that then creates the Earth and the Wind, the Sky, Light, and also Water, O son of Pritha!  Having created this universe of immobile and mobile objects distributed into four orders of being (viz., viviparous, oviparous, vegetable and filth-born), he then created the earth with her fivefold seed.  He then created the firmament for pouring copious showers of water on the earth.[614] Without doubt, O king, it is this Krishna who has created this universe.  His origin is in his own self; it is He who causes all things to exist through his own puissance.  He it is that has created the deities, the Asuras, the human beings, the world, the Rishis, the Pitris, and all creatures.  Desirous of creating, that Lord of all creatures duly created the whole universe of life.  Know that good and evil, mobile and immobile, have all flowed from this One who is Vishwaksena.  Whatever exists, and whatever will spring into existence, all is Kesava.  This Krishna is also the death that overtakes all creatures when their end comes.  He is eternal and it is He who upholds the cause of Righteousness.  Whatever existed in the past, and whatever we do not know, verily, all that also is this Vishwaksena.  Whatever is noble and meritorious in the universe, indeed, whatever of good and of evil exists, all that is Kesava who is inconceivable.  Hence, it is absurd to think of anything that is superior to Kesava.  Kesava is even such.  More than this, He is Narayana, the highest of the high, immutable and unfading.  He is the eternal and immutable cause of the entire mobile and immobile universe with its beginning, middle, and end, as also of all creatures whose birth follows their wish.’”

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