Lord Krishna’s Renunciation.
Q: Since Lord Krishna is the actual beneficiary of our results, why is Krishna known to be a renounced person?
Romapada Swami: Krishna is known as Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The word Bhagavan is defined in the Visnu Purana by Parasara Muni as one who is full in all six opulences— full strength, fame, wealth, knowledge, beauty, and renunciation.
In BG 9.9-10, Krsna mentions that the material manifestation is created and annihilated merely by His Supreme will. In the purport Srila Prabhupada explains that the Supreme Lord, although aloof from all the activities of the material world, nonetheless remains the universal supreme director. Similarly, although His position is the enjoyer or beneficiary of all Vedic sacrifices, He is ever detached, since He is already full within Himself. The acts of sacrifice actually benefit the observer of dharma; they become cleansed of the contamination of material contact! How? By contacting Krishna, the Supreme Pure, through their act of sacrifice.
Also in the Purport of BG 18.78, Srila Prabhupada states Krsna’s acceptance of the post of charioteer for Arjuna was an exhibition of Krsna’s opulence of renunciation. Although Krsna is full of all six opulences, at the same time He exhibits the highest renunciation by sometimes taking a subordinate position to His dear most devotees, or by sometimes detaching Himself from his loving associates in Vrndavana.
In the stunning documentary The Wolfpack, we meet the six Angulo brothers of New York’s Lower East Side, each named by their Peruvian-born father, Oscar, for a Krishna god: Bhagavan, Govinda, Narayana, Mukunda, Krsna, and Jagadisa. In 2010, director Crystal Moselle saw them run past her on the street. They looked so wild, so childishly exuberant. Over the next five years, she would chronicle their bizarre tale.
Early on, the boys explain that after Oscar married their mother, Susanne, a hippie from the Midwest, he joined Hare Krishna and decided socialization would be destructive for his children. Physically abusive, Oscar kept his boys and their younger, mentally disabled sister behind a bolted door in a shabby apartment in a dangerous project. They had no public schooling, no friends, and few trips outside—no connection to the world.
Well, there’s an exception, and a doozy. Oscar loved movies and gave his sons DVDs, some classics like Citizen Kane but most of them violent modern films. The movie’s first shot of the so-called Wolfpack is of the brothers in the dark suits and glasses of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. They act out scenes, having transcribed the dialogue. They’re good, too: accents, delivery—spot on.