Contrary qualities are naturally present in God. He becomes the smallest and the biggest too. Why? Because it is needed. Why is it needed? If He were not the smallest, how would He pervade the tiniest thing? Could an elephant's soul pervade an ant? But we are infinitesimal souls and He pervades us from within. (Veda; Subala Upanishad 7.1) He remains always with us. But how will He do this unless He becomes smaller than the smallest? And, if He doesn't become bigger than the biggest, how will infinite universes enter into Him after annihilation?
(Shvetashvatara Upanishad 3.20) Therefore, He is smaller than the smallest and greater than the greatest. What else do we know about Mr God? He has infinite qualities. In fact, infinite Kripalus can speak for infinite ages with infinite tongues, but their attempt to speak would be madness. They will never reach the end of His qualities.
(Bhagavatam 1.18.14, 10.14.7 and 11.4.2) No one can say how many qualities He has and how extensive they are either. That person who claims that he can enumerate the qualities of God is like a naive child.
It is mentioned somewhere that Shri Krishna has sixty-four qualities. Great Rasika Saints like Rupa Gosvami have described them. This has been written to assist you with your sadhana. The actual fact is that everything about God is infinite. Take the universes; these are infinite in number. We see the moon. The sun is four hundred times the size of it. The galaxy - the Milky Way is thousands of times the size of the sun - containing countless suns within it. There are countless such galaxies like the Milky Way in one universe and infinite universes are under the control of God. Your mind will fail you in attempting to comprehend all of this. Don't even attempt to go there. Just use one word to describe everything in connection with God - INFINITE.
An excerpt from the English translation of a discourse originally given in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
31 October 2009
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
Main Kaun? Mera Kaun?