Hare Krishnas say that Krishna stays beyond the material plane and interacts with the material world through his "expansions" if I understand correctly. Does Hindu scripture say anything like this?

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    The question is unclear as it stands. Are you asking if scriptures attest whether Brahman is the material cause of the universe or otherwise? – DirghaChintayanti Apr 9 '18 at 13:24
  • whether scriptures have a hierarchy of Gods - Gods that touch the material world and the supreme principle that doesn't but acts on the material world through its agents. – S K Apr 9 '18 at 13:26
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    "Prakriti, i.e. the material cause, not only the operative cause, is Brahman only" - SB 1.4.23 – DirghaChintayanti Apr 9 '18 at 13:29
  • @LakshmiNarayanan Put it as an answer. – Sarvabhouma Apr 10 '18 at 4:05

No, that is not a Hindu concept.

God of Hinduism is present everywhere, even in the stones he is there.

See the following Rig Vedic Mantra:

adrau chidasmA antardurone (1), vishAm na vishvo amrtah swAdhih (2) ||

Even in the stone he is there for man, he is there in the middle of his house (1). He is as one universal in creatures; he is the Immortal, the perfect thinker. (2)

Rig Veda 1.70.4


God does not actively run the universe. It is primordial Nature, God’s shakti (power) which does everything.

Resorting to Prakrti, Nature, which is My own Power, I send forth again and again this multitude of beings that are without any freedom, owing to Nature's sway over them.

Gita 9.8

These activities do not in any way bind Me, because I remain detached like one unconcerned in their midst.

Gita 9.9

Under My direction and control, Nature brings out this mighty universe of living and non-living beings. Thus does the wheel of this world revolve.

Gita 9.10

  • please clearly state the conclusion. – DirghaChintayanti Apr 9 '18 at 15:09
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    To me the words of Krishna are the words of an avatara. I am looking for something with more weight. – S K Apr 9 '18 at 15:26
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    @SK he revealed both vishvaroopa of purusha suktam and 4 handed form of narayana suktam, why does his words have less weighteage then? Even brahma sutras refer to gita. – Anubhav Jha Apr 9 '18 at 15:38

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