Lord Krishna: Energies of Lord Krishna

                                                                  Q. Kindly inform me on what basis we identify Krishna/Bhagavan Vigraha, which is sat chit ananda, with deity/archa which is made up of matter. I want to know the Gaudiya logic and appropriate scriptural backing.

                                                                  Q. In the Bhagavad-gita Krishna Himself says that He is 'aum', and in His impersonal feature He is Brahman. Why does ISKCON not give due regards to aum and impersonal Brahman, "nir vishesha shunya vadi"? [Editor's Note: This is part of the pranama mantra for Srila Prabhupada describing his mission to defeat the impersonalists]. Also, we have to be humbler than the grass, so why develop a superiority complex over other modes of worship of His potencies, which are He Himself (how can His potencies, lower or higher, be different from Him)?

                                                                  Q. I have a question related to digest 144. If the Supreme Lord can expand himself into the tiny souls with separate individualities for His enjoyment, why do they have to be covered by the illusory energy? Does the covering not create a virtual entity with the particle of spirit being forgetful of its oneness with the Supreme in order for the living entity to display a separate individuality?

                                                                  I have read that all living entities are generated from tatastha- shakti (SB 3.7.9). Living entities can be influenced by the internal or external potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

                                                                  Q. Please explain how do living entities behave while under the influence of Tatastha-sakti. Is the marginal potency an intermediate state between Pradhan and Prakriti? How long they belong to this region of marginal energy of Lord? What is the characteristic of marginal potency with regards to Internal and external potencies?

                                                                  Q. What does the action of "knowing God" (Sriman Narayana or Krishna) contain?
                                                                  We referred many time during our discussions that there are many facts in scriptures (e.g. very precise calculations already detailed that modern science is just finding again). Is this part of knowing GOD, or are there many aspects of knowing GOD and this is just one of them? With respect to the meaning of one's life, does knowing God mean something different?

                                                                  Q. How is it that Srimati Radharani, who doesn't have the inherent freedom to turn away from Krishna as the jivas do, can still be considered a Person who experiences love for Krishna? As Maharaja states, if the jivas didn't have this free will our forced love wouldn't be considered love at all, yet when it comes to Radharani, who by nature doesn't have this freedom, Her experience is still called love. Would you please explain this apparent contradiction?