Remembering Lord Krishna’s appearance day
Lord Krishna as the Supreme has descended to lift the world wherever abuse of unrighteousness increases or whenever and wherever there is a decline of virtuousness and a predominant rise in irreligion on the earth planet, to protect the devotees and annihilate the miscreants.
He descends from His eternal abode, Goloko Vrindavan once in a day of Brahma. He always descends with all His entourage and paraphernalia to accompany with Him, when He appears at an schedule set eternally once every 4,320,000 X 1000 X 2 years (or 8.64 billions). Krishna exists prior to the creation of the numerous universes.
He told Brahma (Srimad Bhagavatam: 2.9.33), "Brahma, it is I, the Personality of Godhead, who was existing before the creation, when there was nothing but Myself. Nor was there the material nature, the cause of the creation. That which you see now is also I, the Personality of Godhead, and after annihilation what remains will also be I , the Personality of Godhead.”
In other words, it is just like the Sun which always shines independently in the sky. Lord Krishna is not a bygone Personality but the indwelling Spirit (Paramatma or Supersoul), and the object for our spiritual consciousness. God is never born in the ordinary sense. An avatara (incarnation) is a descent of God into man and not an ascent of man into God. So, the incarnation of Krishna is not so much the conversion of Godhead into flesh as the taking up of manhood into God. When the Divine birth takes place, the Supreme Lord abides in the heart of every creation.
Lord Krishna always appears as a son of a father and a mother in a certain family and land to execute His pastimes and then He disappears. He never dies, as He exists eternally and travels from universe to universe to enjoy His blissful pastimes and exchanges with His devotees, such as the cowherd friends, the gopis, and the cows. When Lord Krishna disappeared after performing His transcendental pastimes, His devotees can always associate with Him by means of hearing, reciting and remembering His pastimes as related in Srimad Bhagavatam or Gita.
His holy name is chanted, and this is called practicing the Bhakti-yoga, the way of devotion. By this way one can attain the pure love of Krishna, which is an essential quality for a devotee at least.
Lord Krishna's purpose for the world is to achieve the divine life through the intellectual consciousness. The indwelling God is the inner light and He is the concealed witness. When the ego is completely harmonized by God, the individual soul of ours ascends into the spiritual existence and until that it (soul) travels birth after birth.
The matter, life and mind are in us as well as in the world. The individual soul leads to the emergence of the individual self. Man is a complex multi-dimensional being having different elements of matter, life, consciousness, intelligence and the divine spark. As Lord Krishna told His disciple and friend Uddhava that there are twenty eight different elements of creation in the individual self.
(To be contd)