I was able to appreciate something very, very beautiful in Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākur’s commentary on Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 2.7.47. The verse goes:

Nārada: What do they realize when they surmount the insurmountable mysteries?

Brahmā: Some realize Paramātma – the “Supersoul.”

Nārada: What do they realize as the nature of Paramātma?

Brahmā: He is eternally extremely placid, fearless, and the substance of all cognizance. He is uncontaminated by and absolutely equal towards all causes and effects.

He is eternally extremely placid, because he is in full cognizance of his complete independence from anything fearsome. The term “substance of all-cognizance” is also very facinating, because the Supersoul represents the cit-śakti – the energy of cognizance. But the thing I thought was very, very beautiful was Viśvanātha Ṭhākur’s comment “The fearless Supersoul presides over the fearful soul.”

I found this to be stunning. I am a fearful soul because, in ignorance I think myself dependant upon dangerous, doubtful and fearsome circumstances. But a being is presiding over me, directing and helping me – who is fearless. This is a very beautiful message.

One thought on “Fearless Supersoul of the Fearful Soul

  1. I concur about the beauty of this message. It is highly unique, too, in that so much of the inspiration we draw from Gaudiya Vaisnavism is tied with striving or aspiring. The comfort derived from this is that it infers an inherent nature to the source of guidance and protection. That is, it suggests that the fearlessness is not optional equipment, it’s standard. One need only tap it to ‘turn it on.’

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