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There is Only One God and He is Male

Friday, 11 January 2019 / Published in Blog thoughts / 646 views

There is Only One God and He is Male

Paramadyala Nityananda Das: When addressing a particular audience, we may feel there is justification for saying God is both Male and Female. But for a serious theological discussion, we must first agree on the definition of God.

Whether one is a theist or not, in cultures dominated by monotheism, the word God denotes the highest being, the ultimate controller, and the creator of everything. Common intuition tells us there can only be one highest being. Two highest beings is a contradiction in terms. This is agreed upon by all monotheistic theologians, any intelligent philosopher, and the Vaishnava Acarya’s.

Srila Prabhupada extensively elaborated on this fact: krishnas tu bhagavan svayam:

All of the above-mentioned incarnations are either plenary portions or portions of the plenary portions of the Lord, but Lord Sri Krishna is the original Personality of Godhead. All of them appear on planets whenever there is a disturbance created by the atheists. The Lord incarnates to protect the theists. (Translation SB 3.28).

The summum bonum Krishna is one without a second…Learned scholars in transcendental subjects have carefully analyzed the summum bonum Krishna to have sixty-four principal attributes. All the expansions or categories of the Lord possess only some percentages of these attributes. But Sri Krishna is the possessor of the attributes cent per cent. (Purport SB 3.28).

Krishna has multifarious potencies.


The pure devotees of the Lord take shelter of the para prakriti, the internal potency of the Lord called Lakshmidevi, Sitadevi Srimati Radharani or Srimati Rukminidevi, and thus they become actual mahatmas, or great souls (SB 3.6.12).

The jivas, the living entities, are mentioned in the Bhagavad-gita as the Lord’s superior nature, or para prakriti and so also it is mentioned in the Vishnu Puruna. (SB 2.10.13).

Thus, the living being is also identical with the Lord. But he is never equal or superior to the Personality of Godhead. The Lord and the living beings are all individual persons” (Purport SB 1.5 20).

The difference between the internal potency (comprised of Radharani and her expansions) and the marginal potency (the infinitesimal individual souls) is a detailed subject, and there are different perspectives in other sampradayas. The point here is, all the potencies are described as “nondifferent”, “identical” and “one” with Krishna, but we must remember the difference. None of these are the complete whole, in themselves. Only Krishna, the blackish boy with the peacock feather, can be described as the summum bonum. A principal aspect of this is that He, alone, has no origin other than Himself:

Krishna who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes. (BS 5.1).

The analogy of the Sun and the sunshine is often used to explain oneness and difference. The Sun is not the temporal origin of the Sunshine. As soon as there is a Sun there is sunshine. The difference is, the Sun is the cause of the sunshine, but the sunshine cannot be the cause of the Sun. Similarly, all Krishna energies exist eternally, they are identical to Him, but He alone is the cause of all causes.

We are strictly monotheists. Krishna alone is God (the origin of all, the complete whole) and Krishna is unambiguously male. This is a cardinal aspect of our philosophy. If it becomes obscured, the movement is in trouble. We do not change the message: The message changes us!

Krishna who is known as Govinda, is the Supreme Godhead
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One Response to “There is Only One God and He is Male”

  1. Sita Rama dasa 1962 says :

    From the purport of SB 6.19.13 we understand that Radha is Vishnu tattva. To explain this, we must first define God.
    Prabhupäda: We say that God is one. Whether you accept it or not? Unless God is one, there cannot be God. God cannot be many. God means…, in the dictionary it is said, "Supreme Being." The Supreme Being can be one. (Room conversation 2/19/75).
    A vedabase search of “Supreme Personality of Godhead” get 24030 hits. Hard to miss this point!
    Vishnu tattva is explained: “In another place in the Caitanya-caritämåta (Adi 5.142) it is said, ekale éçvara kåñëa, ära saba bhåtya: the only supreme master is Krishna, and all others, both Vishnu-tattva and jiva-tattva, engage in the service of the Lord”. (Purport, CC Adi 7.14).
    Viashnava’s accept direct meaning:
    Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura comments that mukhya-våtti (”the direct meaning”) is abhidhä-våtti, or the meaning that one can understand immediately from the statements of dictionaries, whereas gauëa-våtti (”the indirect meaning”) is a meaning that one imagines without consulting the dictionary.
    Indirect meanings are used by some new age yoga groups who loosely follow Shankaracharya:
    Krishna’s energy is equal to Himself and Radha is a full expansion of that energy. The Vaishnava’s and the Mayavadi’s agree that the absolute truth must be unchangeable. The mayavadis do not know that Krishna’s energy expands while He remains unchanged. They say expansions are unreal.
    Radha pleases Krishna with her pure love. Krishna is the Supreme Enjoyer. They are one because Krishna and His energies are non-different. The purpose is one. They are different because Radha originates from Krishna, and not vice versa. When we say God is both male and female, we must describe oneness and difference, or we can be defeated by Mayavadi’s. We cannot risk this to indulge the sensibilities of mundane egalitarianists.