Lord Krishna is only supreme God in Bhagavatam, but Lord Narayana is supreme in the Vedas. Why? Is Lord Krishna only supreme God and not Lord Narayana?

  • Do you want to ask is Lord Krishna supreme or Lord vishnu? Commented Nov 7, 2017 at 16:25
  • Please tell supreme Lord out of Krishna and narayana.
    – Ashok
    Commented Nov 7, 2017 at 16:38
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    it's according to diffearent beliefs.vashnavites belive vishnu/Narayana is supreme,gaudiya vaishnavites belive Lord Krishna is supreme but if we go by scriptures in earlier texts In rig Veda,Tattireya aryanaka Lord Vishnu is supreme while in Brahma samhita Lord Krishna is shown supreme while earlier he was considered Incarnation of Lord Vishnu and in Bhagavad Gita it is Brahman saying In the form of shri krishna Commented Nov 7, 2017 at 16:51
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    What's the difference between Krishna or Vishnu? Did you find any? They both are same person. Whether you say Krishna is supreme or Vishnu is, in any case you will be referring same Lord.
    – Vishvam
    Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 4:14

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Both names refer to the same Divine Person. In the Mahanarayana Upanishad 1.29 it says (Swami Vimalananda translator):

May we know Narayana. For that, may we meditate on Vasudeva. May Visnu impel us towards it.

and Vimalananda's commentary on this verse:

the Highest Person here is supplicated as Narayana, Vasudeva, and Visnu. Until and unless He impels the individual Soul, it cannot contemplate Him, and without contemplation on Him, His true nature cannot be understood. the etymological meanings of the three epithets, are given at length in the bhasyas on the Gita and Visnusahasranama. Bhattabhaskara's explanation of these words in the Visnugayatri is noteworthy. He derives Narayana thus: The term Nara, being derived from the root nr to lead, means the leader of all creation. Nara derived from the above word denotes his offsprings. Narayana therefore, is the effective cause of all creatures. Thus Narayana is Paramatman. He is called Vasudeva in his immanent aspect, i.e., dwelling in all creatures as Antaryamin. The term Visnu implies His all-pervasiveness.

"various are Thy names, O Lord, in each and every name Thy power resides..." - Sri Chaitanya

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