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Story – Sri Krishna Asks ‘Which Brahma?’

Once when Krishna was ruling Dwarka, Brahma came to see Him, and the doorman immediately informed Bhagavan Sri Krishna of Brahma’s arrival. When Krishna was so informed, He immediately asked the doorman, ‘Which Brahma? What is his name?’

The doorman therefore returned and questioned Brahma. When the doorman asked, ‘Which Brahma?’ Brahma was surprised. He told the doorman, ‘Please go inform Lord Krishna that I am the four-headed Brahma who is the father of the four Kumaras.’

The doorman then informed Bhagavan Sri Krishna of  Brahma’s description, and Krishna gave him permission to enter. The doorman escorted Brahma in, and as soon as Brahma saw Krishna, he offered obeisance at His lotus feet.

After being worshipped by Brahma, Krishna also honoured him with suitable words.

Then Krishna asked him, ‘Why have you come here?’

Being questioned, Brahma immediately replied, ‘I shall later tell You why I have come. First of all, there is a doubt in my mind which I wish You would kindly dissipate. ‘Why did you inquire which Brahma had come to see You? What is the purpose of such an inquiry? Is there any other Brahma besides me within this universe?’

Upon hearing this, Sri Krishna smiled and immediately meditated.

Unlimited number of Brahmas arrived instantly.

These Brahmas had different numbers of heads. Some had ten heads, some twenty, some a hundred, some a thousand, some ten thousand, some a hundred thousand, some ten million and others a hundred million. No one can count the number of faces they had. There also arrived many Indras, and they had hundreds of thousands of eyes all over their bodies.

When the four-headed Brahma of this universe saw all this opulence of Krishna, he became very bewildered and considered himself a rabbit among many elephants.

All the Brahmas who came to see Krishna offered their respects at His lotus feet, and when they did this, their crowns touched His lotus feet.

No one can estimate the inconceivable potency of Krishna. All the Brahmas who were there were resting in the one body of Krishna. When all the crowns struck together at Krishna’s lotus feet, there was a tumultuous sound. It appeared that the crowns themselves were offering prayers unto Krishna’s lotus feet. With folded hands, all the Brahmas and Indras  began to offer prayers unto Krishna, saying, ‘O Lord, you have shown me a great favour. I have been able to see Your lotus feet.’ All of them then said, ‘It is my great fortune, Bhagavan, that You have called me, thinking of me as Your servant. Now let me know what Your order is so that I may carry it on my heads.’ Krishna replied, ‘Since I wanted to see all of you together, I have called all of you here. All of you should be happy. Is there any fear from the demons?’ They replied, “By Your mercy, we are victorious everywhere”. “`Whatever burden was upon the earth You have taken away by descending on that planet.’ This is the proof of Dwarka’s opulence: all the Brahmas thought, ‘Krishna is now staying in my jurisdiction.’ “Thus, the opulence of Dwarka was perceived by each and every one of them. Although they were all assembled together, no one could see anyone but himself.

Krishna then bade farewell to all the Brahmas there, and after offering their obeisance, they all returned to their respective homes.

After observing all this opulence, the four-headed Brahma of this universe was astonished.

He again came before the lotus feet of Krishna and offered Him obeisance.

Brahma then said, ‘Whatever I formerly decided about my knowledge, I have just now had personally verified.’ ‘There are people who say, “I know everything about Krishna.” Let them think in that way. As far as I am concerned, I do not wish to speak very much about this matter. O my Bhagavan, let me say this much. As far as your opulence is concerned, they are all beyond the reach of my mind, body and words.’ This is a quote from Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.14.38), spoken by Lord Brahma.

Krishna said, ‘Your particular universe extends four billion miles; therefore, it is the smallest of all the universes. Consequently, you have only four heads.

Some of the universes are one billion yojanas, some one trillion, some ten trillion and some one hundred trillion yojanas. Thus, they are almost unlimited in area.

According to the size of the universe, there are so many heads on the body of Brahma. In this way I maintain innumerable universes [brahmandas].

‘No one can measure the length and breadth of one fourth of My energy. Who can measure the three fourths that is manifested in the spiritual world?

Beyond the River Viraja is a spiritual nature, which is indestructible, eternal, inexhaustible and unlimited.’ It is the supreme abode consisting of three fourths of the Lord’s opulence. It is known as paravyoma, the spiritual sky.