pitāsi lokasya carācarasya
tvam asya pūjyaś ca gurur garīyān
na tvat-samo ’sty abhyadhikaḥ kuto ’nyo
loka-traye ’py apratima-prabhāva
Translation of Bhagavad Gita 11.43
You are the father of this complete cosmic manifestation, of the moving and the nonmoving. You are its worshipable chief, the supreme spiritual master. No one is equal to You, nor can anyone be one with You. How then could there be anyone greater than You within the three worlds, O Lord of immeasurable power?
Commentary by Sri A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada of Gaudiya Sampradaya:
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is worshipable as a father is worshipable for his son. He is the spiritual master because He originally gave the Vedic instructions to Brahma and presently He is also instructing Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna; therefore He is the original spiritual master, and any bona fide spiritual master at the present moment must be a descendant in the line of disciplic succession stemming from Krishna. Without being a representative of Krishna, one cannot become a teacher or spiritual master of transcendental subject matter.
The Lord is being paid obeisances in all respects. He is of immeasurable greatness. No one can be greater than the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, because no one is equal to or higher than Krishna within any manifestation, spiritual or material. Everyone is below Him. No one can excel Him. This is stated in the Shvetasvatara Upanishad (6.8):
na tasya karyam karanam ca vidyate
na tat-samas cabhyadhikas ca drsyate
The Supreme Lord, Krishna, has senses and a body like the ordinary man, but for Him there is no difference between His senses, His body, His mind and Himself. Foolish persons who do not perfectly know Him say that Krishna is different from His soul, mind, heart and everything else. Krishna is absolute; therefore His activities and potencies are supreme. It is also stated that although He does not have senses like ours, He can perform all sensory activities; therefore His senses are neither imperfect nor limited. No one can be greater than Him, no one can be equal to Him, and everyone is lower than Him.
The knowledge, strength and activities of the Supreme Personality are all transcendental. As stated in Bhagavad-gita (4.9):
janma karma ca me divyam
evam yo vetti tattvatah
tyaktva deham punar janma
naiti mam eti so ’rjuna
Whoever knows Krishna’s transcendental body, activities and perfection, after quitting his body, returns to Him and doesn’t come back again to this miserable world.
Therefore one should know that Krishna’s activities are different from others. The best policy is to follow the principles of Krishna; that will make one perfect. It is also stated that there is no one who is master of Krishna; everyone is His servant. The Caitanya-caritamrita (Adi 5.142) confirms, ekale ishvara krishna, ara saba bhritya: only Krishna is God, and everyone else is His servant. Everyone is complying with His order. There is no one who can deny His order. Everyone is acting according to His direction, being under His superintendence. As stated in the Brahma-samhita, He is the cause of all causes.
Commentary by Sri Vishvanatha Chakravarthi Thakur of Gaudiya Sampradaya:
No commentary by Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur.
Commentary by Sri Ramanuja of Sri Sampradaya:
11.43 O Being of matchless greatness! You are the father of this world, of all that moves and does not move. You are the teacher of this world. Therefore You are the one most worthy of reverence in this world of mobile and immobile entities. There is none equal to You. How then could there be in the three worlds another greater than You? No other being is equal to You in point of any attribute like compassion etc. How could there be any one greater? Inasmuch as You are the father of all, the most worthy of reverence, teacher and exalted over all by virtue of attributes like compassion etc.,
Commentary by Sri Sridhara Swami of Rudra Sampradaya:
The inconceivable potency of Lord Krishna is being declared with the words apratima- prabhava or possessor of unrivalled power, which having no other comparison is incomparable. He is the original progenitor of all moving and stationary living entities throughout all creation. Therefore the dearmost and most worthy of all honour and respect. There is nothing existing or non- existing that is in any way equal to the Supreme Lord Krishna so it impossible for anything to be greater then Him collectively or individually.
Commentary by Sri Madhvacharya of Brahma Sampradaya:
Sri Madhvacharya did not comment on this sloka.
Commentary by Sri Keshava Kashmiri of Kumara Sampradaya:
Lord Krishna’s supreme, transcendental glory and infinite might is being proclaimed as the progenitor and maintainer of all creation filled with animate beings and inanimate objects. In all levels of existence there is nothing equal to the Supreme Lord Krishna individually or collectively. So it is clear that nothing is greater than Him in the present, nor was anything greater than Him in the past and neither will anything be greater than Him in the future.
Commentary by Sri Adi Shankaracharya of Advaita Sampradaya:
11.43 Asi, You are; pita, the Father, the Progenitor; lokasya, off all beings; cara-acarasya, moving and nonmoving. Not only are Yur are Father of this world, You are also pujyah, worthy of worship; since You are the guruh, Teacher; [He is the Teacher since He introduce the line of teachers of what is virtue and vice, and of the knowledge of the Self. And He is greater than a teacher because He is the teacher even of Hiranyagarbha and others.] gariyan, greater (than a teacher). How are You greater? In answer he says: Asti, there is; na, none other; tvat-samah, equal to You; for there is no possibility of two Gods. Because all dealings will come to naught if there be many Gods! When there is no possibility of another being equal toYou, kutah eva, how at all; can there be anyah, anyone; abhyadhikah, greater; api, even; loka-traye, in all the three worlds; apratima-prabhavah, O you of unrivalled power? That by which something is measured is pratima. You who have no measure for Your power (prabhava) are a pratima-prabhavah. Apratima-prabhava means ‘O You of limitless power!’ Since this is so,
Commentary by Sri Abhinavagupta of Kaula Tantra Sampradaya:
11.43 Sri Abhinavagupta did not comment upon this sloka.
Sanskrit Shloka Without Transliteration Marks:
pitasi lokasya caracarasya
tvam asya pujyas ca gurur gariyan
na tvat-samo ’sty abhyadhikah kuto ’nyo
loka-traye ’py apratima-prabhava
Sanskrit to English Word for Word Meanings:
pita — the father; asi — You are; lokasya — of all the world; cara — moving; acarasya — and nonmoving; tvam — You are; asya — of this; pujya? — worshipable; ca — also; guru? — master; gariyan — glorious; na — never; tvat-sama? — equal to You; asti — there is; abhyadhika? — greater; kuta? — how is it possible; anya? — other; loka-traye — in the three planetary systems; api — also; apratima-prabhava — O immeasurable power.