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Om Vishnupad 108 Tridandi Swami
Sri Srimad Bhakti Shravan Tirth Goswami Maharaj

 
 

Krishna Janmashtami

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

Historically, Lord Krishna appeared on the midnight of the 8th day of the dark half of the month of Sravana. He exhibited His pastimes for a little over 125 years and disappeared on the new moon night of Phalguna in Prabhasa Kshetra, near Dwarka. (His departure marks the beginning of the current age of Kali.)

Srila Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur outlines Lord Krishna's activities in this way: the first three years and four months were spent in Gokula, then equal lengths of time in Vrindavan and Nandagram, eighteen years and four months in Mathura, and finally ninety-six years and eight months in Dvaraka totalling 125 years of manifest pastimes.

This is “external” story well known to all.  However, once Baba revealed the “internal” story of Sri Krishna’s birth.

Baba said that Sri Govinda is the original mool Bhagavan.  All other expansions and expansions of the expansions rest in Sri Krishna.  The Lord who appeared in Kamsa’s dungeon was actually the four-armed Sri Vaasudeva - the first expansion of Sri Krishna.  (The other three expansions are Sankarshana, Pradyumna and Anirudha).

Meanwhile, in Gokul, Yasoda rani gave birth to twin children. (Baba wiggled two fingers here). Sri Krishna and Sri Yogamaya – the original Purusha and Prakriti. Nanda Baba and Yasoda are the eternal parents of Krishna.

Baba said when Vasudev ji placed the Child born in Mathura next to Sri Krishna in Gokul, the expansion (Vasudeva) merged into Baby Krishna.  Thereafter, Vasudev carried the baby girl Yogamaya with him back to Mathura. This is what he was instructed to do by the Lord Himself. Thus Vrindavanchandra Krishna is the original source of all expansions and incarnations.

Again at the time of leaving Vrindavan, Nanda Baba took Krishna and Balaram and quite a large contingent of Gopas to Mathura.  It was the Vaasudeva expansion of Krishna who went to Mathura at this time, accompanied by the Sankarshan expansion of Balaram.  The original Krishna and Balaram remained in Vrindavan – but in an aprakat (unmanifest) form.

Therefore, Baba said, it is enough just to worship Sri Krishna and Radha, as they are the fountainhead – the source - of all Gods and Goddesses.  

Jai Sri Radhey
Jai Guru!