|Chapter 15||Realization of the Ultimate Truth||Verse 9|
Rudra Vaisnava Sampradaya:
Lord Krishna enumerates the senses and the purpose they accompany the jiva or embodied being. Presiding over the external sense organs the jiva utilises the eyes, the nose, the ears, etc. as well as the internal organ which is the mind to experience and enjoy sense objects such as sound, taste and touch.
Brahma Vaisnava Sampradaya:
Through the medium of prakriti, the spiritual substratum pervading physical existence, by the gunas or three modes of material nature, the jiva or embodied being experiences the instruments of the senses in pursuance of enjoyment. Like when one plays upon the stringed vina it is played factually for the Supreme Lords pleasure alone. But the Supreme Lord enjoys only those attributes and qualities which are auspicious and righteous. What is inauspicious and unrighteous is only enjoyable by the demons and those who are evil. Such inauspiciousness and unrighteousness is never pleasing to Lord Krishna. This can be understood by the following analogy. Darkness is existing but the moment the sun appears darkness disappears so the sun has no opportunity to experience darkness. In the same way the Supreme Lord never has an occasion to experience what is not auspicious and righteous.
Now begins the summation.
The Supreme Lord Krishna enjoys through the senses the auspicious, propitious activities ordained in Vedic scriptures. Although the resplendent Supreme Lord is completely blissful and satified in every way He experinces these things like participating in a sporting manner.
Sri Vaisnava Sampradaya:
Lord Krishna manifesting as the atma is the master of prakriti the material substratum pervading physical existence from which generates the gunas or three modes of material nature from whence arise the senses . The atma or immortal soul rules the senses as they are designed to function experiencing through them the enjoyable delights of their appropriate objects such as sights and sounds.
Kumara Vaisnava Sampradaya:
Lord Krishna further clarifies what objects accompany the senses such as the sense of sight, the sense of hearing, etc. The atma or immortal soul dwelling in the etheric heart of every jiva or embodied being experiences hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, touching as well as thinking through the mind. It also experiences the functions of the vital organs such as breathing of the lungs and beating of the heart along with the organs of locomotion.