P. 10

“This  is  an  explanation  of  the  (material)  world:  everything  that  takes  place  is  due  to  the  combination
        of kṣetra and kṣetra-jña, the body and the spirit soul. This combination of material nature and the living entity is
        made possible by the Supreme God Himself. The mahat-tattva (the total material creation) is the total cause of
        the total cosmic manifestation; and that total substance of the material cause, in which there are three modes
        of nature, is sometimes called Brahman. The Supreme Personality impregnates that total substance, and thus
        innumerable  universes  become  possible.  This  total  material  substance,  the mahat-tattva, is  described  as
        Brahman  in  the  Vedic  literature  (Muṇḍaka  Upaniṣad 1.1.19): tasmād  etad  brahma  nāma-rūpam  annaṁ  ca
        jāyate. The Supreme Person impregnates that Brahman with the seeds of the living entities. The twenty-four
        elements,  beginning  from  earth,  water,  fire  and  air,  are  all  material  energy,  and  they  constitute  what  is
        called mahad brahma, or the great Brahman, the material nature. As explained in the Seventh Chapter, beyond
        this there is another, superior nature – the living entity. Into material nature the superior nature is mixed by the
        will of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and thereafter all living entities are born of this material nature.”
        (Bg 14.3 – purport)

        In other words, everything in existence in the material and spiritual worlds is a by-product of Lord Krishna
        variegated spiritual energies. Nothing in existence is independent of the Lord.
        The supreme proprietorship of the Lord is further emphasized in the Isopanisad Mantra One:

                                             īśāvāsyam idam sarvaṁ / yat kiñca jagatyāṁ jagat
                                          tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā / mā gṛdhaḥ kasya svid dhanam

        “Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should
        therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not
        accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong.” (Iso Mantra one)

        The Supreme Lord is the source of all energy. He is referred to as the energetic and the material creation is His
        inferior spiritual energy called apara prakriti; and the superior energy is called para prakriti: para is superior and
        apara is inferior, prakriti is energy. Both the inferior and superior energies of the Lord are spiritual and eternal.
        The material energy is considered inferior because it comes from the superior energy and it is sometimes
        manifest and sometimes unmanifest, whereas the superior energy is always manifest in the spiritual world.

        Spiritual knowledge requires the understanding that everything belongs to Lord Krishna and is made of His
        various energies and He is present within everything. Along with this knowledge comes the responsibility to use
        everything correctly in His service. If the living entities misuse the material facilities provided by the Lord for
        their own selfish purposes, then they infringe on the laws of nature and they suffer negative karmic reactions.
        If they make offerings to the Lord, but with the desire to enjoy of the fruits of their labor themselves as the
        primary enjoyer, then again they receive karmic reactions whether good or bad that keeps them within the
        confines of the material world of repeated birth and death.

        The proprietorship of the Lord is explained by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:

        “The  Lord's  proprietorship  over  everything  within  the  universe  is  confirmed  in  the  Seventh  Chapter  of
        the Bhagavad-gītā (7.4-5),  where parā (superior)  and aparā  (inferior)  prakṛti are  discussed.  The  elements  of
        nature—earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and ego—all belong to the Lord's inferior, material
        energy (aparā prakṛti), whereas the living being, the organic energy, is His superior energy (parā prakṛti). Both
        of these prakṛtis, or energies, are emanations from the Lord, and ultimately He is the controller of everything

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