4.5: The Blessed Lord said: Many, many births both you and I have passed. I can remember all of them, but you cannot, O subduer of the enemy!
IN THE BRAHMA SAMHITA we have information of many, many incarnations of the Lord. It is stated there: "I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda [Krishna], Who is the Original Person-Absolute, Infallible, without beginning, although expanded into unlimited Forms, still the same Original, the Oldest-and the Person always appearing as a fresh Youth. Such eternal, blissful, all-knowing Forms of the Lord are usually understood by the best Vedic scholars, but they are always manifest to pure, unalloyed devotees." It is also stated in the same scripture: "I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda [Krishna], Who is always situated in various incarnations such as Rama, Nrisingha, and many subincarnations as well; but Who is the Original Personality of Godhead known as Krishna, and Who incarnates Personally also."
In the Vedas too it is said that the Lord, although He is One without a second, nevertheless manifests Himself in innumerable forms. He is like the Vaidurya stone, which changes color variously, yet still is one. All those multiforms are understood by the pure, unalloyed devotees, but not by a simple study of the Vedas. Devotees like Arjuna are constant companions of the Lord, and whenever the Lord incarnates, the associate devotees also incarnate in order to serve the Lord in different capacities. Arjuna is one of these devotees, and in this verse it is understood that when Lord Krishna spoke The Bhagavad Gita to the Sun-god Vivasvan, Arjuna in a different capacity was also present there-some millions of years before. But the difference between the Lord and Arjuna is that the Lord remembered the incident, whereas Arjuna could not remember. That is the difference between the part and parcel living entity and the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Arjuna is addressed herein as the mighty hero who could subdue the enemies. At the same time, he is unable to recall what had happened in his various past births. Therefore, a living entity, however great he may be in a material estimation, can never equal the Supreme Lord. Anyone who is a constant companion of the Lord is certainly a liberated person, but he cannot be equal to the Lord. The Lord is described above in The Brahma Samhita as Infallible (Achyuta), which means He never forgets Himself, even though He is in material contact. So the Lord and the living entity can never be equal in all respects, even if the living entity is as liberated as Arjuna. Although Arjuna is a devotee of the Lord, he sometimes forgets the nature of the Lord, but by the Divine Grace a devotee can at once understand the infallible condition of the Lord, whereas a nondevotee or a demon cannot understand this transcendental nature. Consequently, these descriptions in The Bhagavad Gita cannot be understood by demonic brains. Krishna remembered acts which were performed by Him millions of years before, but Arjuna could not, despite the fact that both Krishna and Arjuna are eternal in nature. We may also note herein that a living entity forgets everything due to his change of body, but the Lord remembers because He does not change His Sat-Chit-Ananda Body. He is advaita, which means there is no distinction between His Body and Himself. Everything is spirit-whereas the conditioned soul is different from his material body. And, because the Lord is identical in His Body and Self, His position is always different from the ordinary living entity, even when He descends to the material platform. The demons cannot adjust themselves to this transcendental nature of the Lord, as the Lord explains in the following verse.