Six Opulences of Krishna

Imagine you are talking to a friend and she mentions that she has been invited for a dinner which would also be attended by Mukesh Ambani, Azim Premji, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Carlos Slim, Lakshmi Mittal and the likes. Which quality do you see in common amongst all of them? Richness, isn’t it? And wouldn’t you be pleading with your friend to take you along, so that you may have a glimpse of these cash-rich personalities? Of course, you would be. Under these circumstances, if anyone suggests that the quality of  “richness” in someone attracts others, it is a fact.

Krishna_40Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead,  is the proprietor of all riches. There are many rich men in the world, but no one can claim that he possesses all the wealth. Nor can anyone claim that no one is richer than Him. We understand from the Shrimad-Bhagavatam however, that when Krishna was present on this earth He had 16,108 palaces where His near and dear ones lived, and each palace was made of marble and bedecked with jewels. The rooms were filled with furniture made of ivory and gold, and there was great opulence everywhere. In the history of human society we cannot find anyone who had 16,000 palaces.
We experience in this world that if a man is very rich, he is attractive. The personalities that were mentioned earlier are very attractive because of their riches. They are attractive even though they do not possess all the wealth of the world. How much more attractive, then, is God, who is the possessor of all riches? Great spiritual authorities therefore concluded that Krishna possesses the “attractive” quality of  “richness” or being “wealthy” in full.