O Master at whose feet all masters sit, O Śrīla Prabhupāda, here is one of your students—by no means a master—bowing at your feet and begging to remain seated there, among my many masters, your followers.
It has been fifty years since you officially established your mission in the form of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. This year we celebrate a half-century of your enduring mission, and I pray to always have a place in your Society for the remainder of my life and beyond.
This chapter turns to an elaboration on the nature of this transcendent person, bhagavān, whom Krishna identifies as himself. It is extremely rare for a human being to know this supreme being, but Krishna offers some ways one can appreciate his presence in the temporal world. First, he identifies all the physical and subtle “elements”—from earth to the sense of oneself being an independent doer (ahaṁkara)—as his “separate nature”. Krishna then identifies all living beings as constituting his “superior nature” (7.4-5).
My dear Lord, O Supreme Soul, for those whose minds are attached to sense gratification, and especially for those bereft of devotion unto You, such renunciation of material enjoyment is most difficult to perform. That is my opinion.
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.7.15