July 2, 2020
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64 Qualities of Sri Krsna

The supreme lover is Kṛṣṇa, and He is situated in Vṛndāvana, and the supreme beloved is Rādhārāṇī. Kṛṣṇa has sixty-four important qualifications, and His devotee takes transcendental pleasure in hearing of them. As explained in Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu, the characteristics are as follows:

(1) His body is well constructed;
(2) His body has all auspicious symptoms;
(3) His body is beautiful;
(4) His body is very glorious;
(5) His body is very strong;
(6) He always looks like a boy of sixteen;
(7) He is well versed in various languages;
(8) He is truthful;
(9) He is decorated with pleasing words;
(10) He is expert in speaking;
(11) He is very learned;
(12) He is very intelligent;
(13) He is influential;
(14) He is joyful;
(15) He is cunning;
(16) He is expert;
(17) He is grateful;
(18) He is firmly convinced;
(19) He knows how to deal with different circumstances;
(20) He is always conversant with scriptural injunctions;
(21) He is clean;
(22) He is controlled by His devotees;
(23) He is steady;
(24) He is self-controlled;
(25) He is forgiving;
(26) He is grave;
(27) He is speculative;
(28) He is fair in His dealings;
(29) He is magnanimous;
(30) He is religious;
(31) He is a great hero;
(32) He is merciful;
(33) He is respectful;
(34) He is competent;
(35) He is gentle;
(36) He is modest;
(37) He is the protector of the souls surrendered unto Him;
(38) He is the deliverer;
(39) He is the friend of the devotees;
(40) He is submissive to love;
(41) He is all-auspicious;
(42) He is most powerful;
(43) He is famous;
(44) He is devoted to all living entities;
(45) He is worshipable by everyone;
(46) He is very attractive to all women;
(47) He is partial to His devotees;
(48) He is full of all opulence;
(49) He is the supreme controller;
(50) He possesses all honor.

These fifty qualities or characteristics are fragmentally present in every living entity. When they are completely spiritually free and situated in their original condition, all these qualities can be perceived in human life in minute quantity. In Kṛṣṇa, however, they exist in totality.

There are five other transcendental qualities (mentioned below) which can be seen in Viṣṇu, the Supreme Lord, and partially in Lord Śiva also, but they are not visible in ordinary living entities. These characteristics are as follows:

(1) He is always situated in His original condition;
(2) He is omniscient;
(3) He is evergreen or always fresh;
(4) He is eternally blissful;
(5) He is conversant and is the master of all perfection.

Besides these five transcendental characteristics, there are five others which can be seen in the spiritual sky, especially in the Vaikuṇṭha planets where Nārāyaṇa is the predominating Deity. These are:

(1) He has inconceivable qualities;
(2) He is able to sustain innumerable universes;
(3) He is the seed of all incarnations;
(4) He grants the highest perfection to those enemies whom He kills;
(5) He is the most attractive of self-realized persons.

The above-mentioned qualities and characteristics, which total sixty in number, are visible up to the platform of Nārāyaṇa. However, Kṛṣṇa has four special qualities, which are:

(1) He is able to manifest wonderful pastimes;
(2) He is expert at transcendental flute playing;
(3) He is surrounded by loving devotees;
(4) He possesses unparalleled personal beauty.

Thus Kṛṣṇa has sixty-four transcendental qualities.

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