Krsna is self-effulgent

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Speaker: Srila Prabhupada
Source:  How not to be in the material world

Just like in krsna-lila, Krsna was stealing butter. So the neighboring friends of Yasoda-mata, was complaining… It is not a complaint; it was just to see the fun of Krsna. Krsna was sitting, and they were complaining. They were seeing the bodily feature, how Krsna is feeling. So other ladies complaining, “Mother Yasoda, your son comes to our house and steals butter. You see. We try to conceal them in a darkness so that this boy cannot see. But still He finds out. So better you take away all His ornaments because the jewel, light of the jewel, helps Him to find out the butter pot.” So Yasoda said, “Yes, I’ll do that. I’ll take away all these ornaments. Yes.” Then they say, “No, no, it is useless. Oh, this boy has got some effulgence of Himself. Without ornaments He can, He can also find out.”

So this is the position. The transcendental body is effulgent. On account of effulgence of the transcendental body of Krsna, the whole light is there. Whatever light you are seeing, it is all borrowing light from Krsna’s effulgence.