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Krishna Appearance and His incarnations

romapada swami on Krishna Appearance incarnations
Written by Romapada Swami


In the Introduction of the Krishna book (paragraphs 3 and 4), the following is stated. (Ellipsis are mine):

“… when the Lord descends, the incarnation emanates from Vishnu. … when Krishna appears, all the Vishnu expansions join with Him. … Krishna actually appears in order to demonstrate His Vrindavana pastimes and in this way attract the fortunate conditioned souls and invite them back home, back to Godhead. The killing of the demons in Vrindavana was carried out only by the Vishnu portion of Krishna.”

Does the above mean that Krishna’s appearance is different from that of the other incarnations in that the others emanate from Vishnu but Krishna does not? Also, what does “killing of demons was carried out only by the Vishnu portion” mean? Is Krishna’s transcendental form, when He appears in this world, to be understood as an aggregation of various “portions”?

Answer by Romapada Swami: Please refer to Digest 132 A

As Srila Prabhupada explains in the introduction of Krsna book, for affairs of the material creation, Lord Maha-Vishnu, the plenary portion of Krishna, is in charge. When the Lord descends, the incarnation emanates from Vishnu. Maha-Vishnu is the original cause of material creation, and from Him Garbhodakasayi-Vishnu expands, and then Ksirodakasayi-Visnu. Generally, all the incarnations appearing within this material universe are plenary expansions from Ksirodakasayi-Visnu. Therefore, the business of minimizing the overload of sinful activities on this earth does not belong to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna Himself. But when Krishna appears, all the Vishnu expansions also join with Him. Krishna’s different expansions, namely Narayana, the quadruple expansion of Vasudeva, Sankarsana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha, as well as the partial plenary expansion of Matsya or the incarnation of fish, and other yuga-avataras (incarnations for the millennium), and the manvantara-avataras, the incarnations of Manus–all combine together and appear with the body of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Krishna is the complete whole, and all plenary expansions and incarnations always live with Him.

You will find further explanation in Sri Brahma Samhita 5.39 and Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.28

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