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The advent of Sri Krishna

Om Vishnupad 108 Tridandi Swami Sri Srimat Bhakti Sravan Tirtha Goswami Maharaj ki Jai !!

 

Sri Krishna, the manifestation of the original formless and attribute-less Supreme Spirit (para-Brahma) is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the source of all Vishnu expansions beginning with the four plenary expansions: Vasudeva, Shankarshan, Pradyumna and Anirudh. 

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavat Geeta, and other puranas, it is mentioned that once in a Kalpa (day of Brahma equivalent to 1000 cycles of the four-yugas or 4.32 billion solar years), the original Sri Krishna alongwith His transcendental realm, His eternal associates and paraphernalia, becomes manifest in some world or the other.

In this kalpa called Shweta-Varaha Kalpa, we humans are extremely blessed that the Lord and His eternal realm, associates and pastimes became manifest on our Earth for a short duration of 125 human years at the end of the Dwapara yuga approximately 5,240 years ago.

We generally hear that Lord Krishna takes ‘birth’ as the son of Vasudev and Devaki. For the average person this fact is appropriate.  However the Gaudiya Vaishnav acharyas have also revealed a more mystical and deeper explanation of Krishna’s appearance on the authority of the Hari-vamsa and the commentaries of acharyas like Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and Srila Rupa Goswami.

In Kamsa’s dungeon, Vaasudev (or the first plenary expansion of Sri Krishna) appears from Devaki’s womb in His form as Sri Maha Vishnu, with four arms bearing the lotus, chakra, mace and conch shell.

At the same time, across the river in the house of Nanda Baba in Gokul, the original Sat-chit-anand Swayam Bhagavan Sri Krishna (in his two-armed form) and His internal potency or Shakti, Yogamaya appeared as Yashoda Mata's twins in their original forms.

When Vasudev carrying the baby Vaasudev Krishna entered Yasoda’s house in the dead of the night, where she lay in deep slumber after the exhaustion of childbirth  alongwith with her infants, he placed his son beside Yasoda and took Yogamaya as he was instructed by the incorporeal voice.

At that time, the Vaasudev expansion merged into the body of the son of Yasoda Sri Krishna. The infant girl Yogamaya whom Vasudev took with him was but an expansion of the original Aadi Shakti. Neither Krishna, nor His eternal associates, ever leaves Vrindavan.

This is the way devotees understand the appearance of Lord Krishna, who is the eternal son of Mother Yasoda and Nanda Maharaja in the eternal dham Golok Vrindavan which is even beyond Vaikuntha.

These subtle truths are revealed to saints and seers in deep trance and should be known to true devotees as it increases their love for the Lord. For this reason the Acharyas revealed it only in their final commentaries on the 10th Canto of the Bhagavatam.

That is why Sri Krishna is often referred to as ‘pari-purna avatar’ or complete incarnation. In truth, He is not an avatar (descent of divinity) at all. It is He in His original form.

His eternal sport or play becomes visible to us for a while, just as when a cloud moves away, the sun becomes visible.

All the Gokul-Vrindavan leela was Swayam Bhagavan Sri Krishna’s leela; once He moved to Mathura, His first plenary expansion Vaasudev takes over. Krishna Himself never takes a step out of Vrindavan. This is the view of rasik bhaktas.

Suffice it to say that one should never even attempt to understand Sri Krishna or His mysterious play with our intellect. We will be confounded at every step. God cannot be rationalized – but He can be intuitively perceived – with purified senses steeped in devotion.

On this day, also known as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, the Sri Krishna Principle is thousand times more active as compared to other days. On this day, chanting “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya” or Hare Krishna Mahamantra and worshipping Sri Krishna with ‘bhav’ or spiritual emotion helps in obtaining maximum benefit of His principle.

Chanting of His Name invokes His presence within oneself since God and His Name are non-different. All the qualities that are in Sri Krishna are in His Name too. Thus, repeating His Name will surely herald His presence and blessings in our life.

 

Jai Sri Krishna !!
Jai Jai Sri Radhey!
Jai Gurudev!