Srimad Bhagavatam 10.48.23-24 - Krishna Pleases his Devotees (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Adi Keshava Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
tvayodito ’yam jagato hitaya
yada yada veda-pathah puranah
badhyeta pasanda-pathair asadbhis
tada bhavan sattva-gunam bibharti
You originally enunciated the ancient religious path of the Vedas for the benefit of the whole universe. Whenever that path becomes obstructed by wicked persons following the path of atheism, You assume one of Your incarnations, which are all in the transcendental mode of goodness.
sa tvam prabho ’dya vasudeva-grhe ’vatirnah
svamsena bharam apanetum ihasi bhumeh
rajñam amusya ca kulasya yaso vitanvan
You are that very same Supreme Person, my Lord, and You have now appeared in the home of Vasudeva with Your plenary portion. You have done this to relieve the earth’s burden by killing hundreds of armies led by kings who are expansions of the demigods’ enemies, and also to spread the fame of our dynasty.
The term suretaramsa-rajñam indicates that the demoniac kings slain by Krsna were in fact expansions or incarnations of the enemies of the demigods. This fact is elaborately explained in the Mahabharata, which reveals the specific identities of the demoniac kings.