Happenings about and around ISKCON Dallas by Nityananda Chandra Das and fellow devotees
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The identity of Spider-Man? Who is the man behind the mask?
Who is the real Spider-man? Who is the man behind the mask of maya?
Narada thought that it might be Brahmā.
Nārada says to Brahmā
SB 2.5.5— As the spider very easily creates the network of its cobweb and manifests its power of creation without being defeated by others, so also you yourself, by employment of your self-sufficient energy, create without any other’s help.
SB 2.5.6— Whatever we can understand by the nomenclature, characteristics and features of a particular thing — superior, inferior or equal, eternal or temporary — is not created from any source other than that of Your Lordship, thou so great.
SB 2.5.7— Yet we are moved to wonder about the existence of someone more powerful than you when we think of your great austerities in perfect discipline, although your good self is so powerful in the matter of creation.
SB 2.5.8— My dear father, you know everything, and you are the controller of all. Therefore, may all that I have inquired from you be kindly instructed to me so that I may be able to understand it as your student.
SB 2.5.9— Lord Brahmā said: My dear boy Nārada, being merciful to all (including me) you have asked all these questions because I have been inspired to see into the prowess of the Almighty Personality of Godhead. (Krishna)
SB 2.5.10— Whatever you have spoken about me is not false because unless and until one is aware of the Personality of Godhead, who is the ultimate truth beyond me, one is sure to be illusioned by observing my powerful activities.
Brahmā later confirms this conclusion by asking Krishna how he does His Spider-Man like activities.
SB 2.9.28— O master of all energies, please tell me philosophically all about them. You play like a spider that covers itself by its own energy, and Your determination is infallible.
What are his Spider-Man Powers?
A spider can hide himself in his own web, he can also dissolve that web back into himself. But web itself is the spider's own energy. So similarly the Lord can mask His existence or reveal Himself according to His will. The universal energy is His web which he winds up at the end of creation and which He recreates at the beginning of the millennium. (Bg 9.7)