Hare Krishna

I have read somewhere verses from Brahma Vaivarta Purana in which Lord Krishna says to Lord Shiva like you are dearest one.

What is exact verse and from which chapter of Brahma Vaivarta Purana which says that? Can you explain event of pastimes related to it?

Om Namah Shivaya Jay Shri Krishna

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There are Multiple Instance Of Krishna Saying That to Shiva In the Brahma Vaivarta.

Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Brahma Khanda Chapter 6

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(Krishna says this to Shiva)

Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Krishna Janma Khanda , Chapter 36

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(Krishna Says this to Radharani)


Since the other two answers addressed the first part of your question (The verses from Brahma Vivarta Purana), let me take the opportunity to address the second part of the question (Can you explain event of pastimes related to it?)

Let's start with Vedas:

Taittirīya Saṃhitā 1.8.6, which says “एक एव रुद्र न द्वितीयाय तस्थुर्” meaning “There is a Rudra without a second”. Hence, Rudra cannot be confined to a group or a singular entity.

Let's move to Upanishads:

एको हि रुद्रो न द्वितीयाय तस्थुर्य इमांल्लोकानीशत ईशनीभिः। प्रत्यङ्जनांस्तिष्ठति सञ्चुकोचान्तकाले संसृज्य विश्वा भुवनानि गोपाः॥ There is (हि) The One (एको ) Rudrā (रुद्रो) and none (न) other than He, none can make Him second (द्विती) in being (याय) that is in existence (तस्थु:र्य) among the worlds( इमां:ल्लोका), He is the authority (ईशते) by His own authority (ईशनीभिः)| In all worlds/dimensions (भुवनानि) is His convolution and projection and guardians (संसृज् + ज्य + गोपाः) in entirety (विश्वा), He is established (तिष्ठति) in all beings (हे जनाः) as the indweller (प्रत्यङ्); and all beings (भूत्वा), at the time of final dissolution (अन्त:काले), become/withdraw into Him (सञ्चुकोच)

Svetasvatara Upaniṣhad 3.2

If we compare this, opening statement of Aitareya Upaniṣhad which stands in the 8th position states “In the beginning, all that was is Atman alone, the one, without a second. There was nothing else.” Here, instead of using Rudra, the Rishi Aitareya used Atman. In Brhadāraṇyaka, Rudra is declared as Atman.

But what better than an analogy from Chandogya Upaniṣhad Chap 6:

यथा सोम्यैकेन मृत्पिण्डेन सर्वं मृन्मयं विज्ञात स्याद्वाचारम्भणं विकारो नामधेयं मृत्तिकेत्येव सत्यम्‌॥6.1.4 सदेव सोम्येदमग्र आसीदेकमेवाद्वितीयम् । तद्धैक आहुरसदेवेदमग्र आसीदेकमेवाद्वितीयं तस्मादसतः सज्जायत ॥6.2.1 कुतस्तु खलु सोम्यैवंस्यादिति होवाच कथमसतः सज्जायेतेति। सत्त्वेव सोम्येदमग्र आसीदेकमेवाद्वितीयम् ॥ 6.2.2 यथा सोम्य मधु मधुकृतो निस्तिष्ठन्ति नानात्ययानां वृक्षाणांरसान्समवहारमेकतांरसं गमयन्ति ॥ 6.9.1 “from a single ball of clay, we can know every form made of clay, the difference in form is but the name (nāma-rūpa). In the beginning was one being, without a second, or non-being, without a second; and from that various beings came to be. Just like bees make one honey from nectars of various flowers, yet the honey do not know from which tree or flower, in the same way, all beings begotten from One Being do not know their source” Please note: the word “Being” doesn’t mean a person nor an alien or animal, beings means “to be” or “to exist”. Existence can’t be described or iconified with in image/form within the frontier of vocabulary.

Chandogya Upaniṣhad 6.1.4/6.2.1/6.2.2/6.9.1/6.9.2

Now, let's compare this with both Itihasas:

Yoga/Ramayana of Ṛṣi Vaśiṣṭha describes 100 Rudras yet says Rudras expand infinitely.

Mahābhārata Itihāsam in its Drona Parva-Nārāyaṇastra-Mokshana Parva 203 says “Infinite Rudras”.

Why does Sri Krishna refer Shiva to live in heart and vice versa?

Ṛṣi Vaśiṣṭha which says: Rudra is the pure, spontaneous self-experience which is the one consciousness that dwells in all substances. It is the seed of all seeds, He is Prana, He is Atman, it is the essence of this world’s appearance, it is the greatest of actions. It is the cause of all causes and it is the essence in all beings, though in fact it does not cause anything nor is it the concept of being, and therefore cannot be conceived. ~ Yoga Vaśiṣṭham 6.1.36

So if everything and anything is Rudra and there is none second, then who and where is Sri Krishna? This too Sri Krishna addressed this in both Drona Parva and Karna Parva by saying that everything and everyone is Rudra including himself. He is Rudra and Rudra is He. Rudra is the Atamn of all. That is why Sri Krishna is Divine and knows that there is none second, Hence Shiva being the Atman and Shiva being Cit:Ananda, Sri Krishna dwells in the Cit:Ananda.

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