namasye puruá¹£aá¹ tvÄdyam
Ä«Åvaraá¹ praká¹teá¸¥ param
antar bahir avasthitam
ÅrÄ«matÄ« KuntÄ« said: O Ká¹á¹£á¹a, I offer my obeisances unto You because You are the original personality and are unaffected by the qualities of the material world. You are existing both within and without everything, yet You are invisible to all.
ÅrÄ«matÄ« KuntÄ«devÄ« was quite aware that Ká¹á¹£á¹a is the original Personality of Godhead, although He was playing the part of her nephew. Such an enlightened lady could not commit a mistake by offering obeisances unto her nephew. Therefore, she addressed Him as the original puruá¹£a, beyond the material cosmos. Although all living entities are also transcendental, they are neither original nor infallible. The living entities are apt to fall down under the clutches of material nature, but the Lord is never like that. In the Vedas, therefore, He is described as the chief among all living entities (nityo nityÄnÄá¹ cetanaÅ cetanÄnÄm). Then again He is addressed as Ä«Åvara, or the controller. The living entities or the demigods like Candra and SÅ«rya are also to some extent Ä«Åvara, but none of them is the supreme Ä«Åvara, or the ultimate controller. Ká¹á¹£á¹a is the parameÅvara, or the Supersoul. He is both within and without. Although He was present before ÅrÄ«matÄ« KuntÄ« as her nephew, He was also within her and everyone else. In the Bhagavad-gÄ«tÄ (15.15) the Lord says, âI am situated in everyoneâs heart, and only due to Me one remembers, forgets, and is cognizant, etc. Through all the Vedas I am to be known because I am the compiler of the Vedas, and I am the teacher of the VedÄnta.â Queen KuntÄ« afï¬rms that the Lord, although both within and without all living beings, is still invisible. The Lord is, so to speak, a puzzle for the common man. Queen KuntÄ« experienced personally that Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a was present before her, yet He entered within the womb of UttarÄ to save her embryo from the attack of AÅvatthÄmÄâs brahmÄstra. KuntÄ« herself was puzzled about whether ÅrÄ« Ká¹á¹£á¹a is all-pervasive or localized. In fact, He is both, but He reserves the right of not being exposed to persons who are not surrendered souls. This checking curtain is called the mÄyÄ energy of the Supreme Lord, and it controls the limited vision of the rebellious soul. It is explained as follows.