Krishna’s pastimes are fantastic, but not fantasy

We may find Krishna’s pastimes of magically killing demons fantastic.

Yes, they are fantastic, in the sense that they demonstrate his capacities to effortlessly accomplish feats that would be impossible for us humans. Krishna’s deeds may be fantastic, but they are not fantasy. They are not figments of a mythological imagination on the riot; they are the demonstrations of a fundamental philosophical reality. If Krishna’s deeds seem incredible, that’s how they are meant to be. After all, he’s God; he’s the supreme controller and is absolutely free to do what he likes.

If we find this simple logic of God’s omnipotence questionable, that’s because our intellects have been subconsciously taken hostage by the currently fashionable worldview of naturalism. This worldview grants God only a token existence; its worshipable supreme deity is nature and its laws. It allows God to exist, subject to the inviolable condition that he behave himself properly, meaning that he not violate the laws of nature. If he dares to transgress the sacred laws of nature, he is at once banished into the Siberia of mythology.

Gita wisdom refuses to bow down to this dictatorship of naturalism and buy in to the conception of an impotent God who is imprisoned in the realm of the natural and the predictable. Instead, it unambiguously upholds the true position of God; not only is he not controlled by nature, but he is in full control of nature, as the Bhagavad-gita (9.10) indicates. That’s why he can bend the laws of nature to his will whenever he wills.

Once we recognize and reject our misconceived devotion to nature, then the door swings open for us to devote ourselves to Krishna; the cynical head can no longer block the charmed heart from falling in love with Krishna and his fantastic deeds.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 09 Text 10

“This material nature, which is one of My energies, is working under My direction, O son of Kunti, producing all moving and nonmoving beings. Under its rule this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again.”

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