Why the Birthless Krishna takes Birth
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.05.12-13 - Why the Birthless Krishna takes Birth (download mp3)
by Rohini Priya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
ta asisah prayuñjanas
ciram pahiti balake
siñcantyo 'janam ujjaguh
Offering blessings to the newborn child, Krsna, the wives and daughters of the cowherd men said, "May You become the King of Vraja and long maintain all its inhabitants." They sprinkled a mixture of turmeric powder, oil and water upon the birthless Supreme Lord and offered their prayers.
krsne visvesvare 'nante
nandasya vrajam agate
Now that the all-pervading, unlimited Lord Krsna, the master of the cosmic manifestation, had arrived within the estate of Maharaja Nanda, various types of musical instruments resounded to celebrate the great festival.
The Lord says in Bhagavad-gita (4.7):
yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
tadatmanam srjamy aham
"Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion—at that time I descend Myself." Whenever Krsna comes, once in a day of Brahma, He comes to the house of Nanda Maharaja in Vrndavana. Krsna is the master of all creation (sarva-loka-mahesvaram [Bg. 5.29]). Therefore, not only in the neighborhood of Nanda Maharaja's estate, but all over the universe—and in all the other universes—musical sounds celebrated the auspicious arrival of the Lord.