Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 10 Apr 2022


Is it correct to say that God exhibits only 16 kalas because human beings cannot bear to experience more?

[Smt. Priyanka asked: Padanamaskaram Swami, Swami, You mentioned that God has many kalas but when He comes as Paripurna Avataara like Lord Krishna, God exhibits only 16 kalas. That is to be considered as all kalas by human souls because human beings cannot bear to experience more than 16 kalas. Is that correct? Also, can You please reveal all the 16 kalas with their English translations? At Your divine lotus feet, Priyanka]

Swami replied: There are several good qualities called as Kalās. There are variations in some places as per different scholars. It is better to think that all good qualities are kalās. All these good qualities are related to the eternal internal beauty only and not to the external temporary beauty. Rama and Krishna were beautiful for the sake of some special requirement in their programs. Beauty (both external and internal) is related to the creation and creation is just the will of God. Hence, beauty can be created, maintained and destroyed just by the will of God. He is beyond both external and internal beauty and will create both depending on the requirements of the divine program. Sometimes, He will create negative qualities also to test the real devotion of the devotee. Real love of the devotee will not be affected by the merits and defects exhibited by God.