Krishna-The Most Merciful God

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.18.18-19 - Krishna-The Most Merciful God (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
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SB 10.18.18
tam vidvan api dasarho
 bhagavan sarva-darsanah
anvamodata tat-sakhyam
 vadham tasya vicintayan

Since the Supreme Lord Krsna, who had appeared in the Dasarha dynasty, sees everything, He understood who the demon was. Still, the Lord pretended to accept the demon as a friend, while at the same time seriously considering how to kill him.

SB 10.18.19
tatropahuya gopalan
 krsnah praha vihara-vit
he gopa viharisyamo
 dvandvi-bhuya yatha-yatham

Krsna, who knows all sports and games, then called together the cowherd boys and spoke as follows: “Hey cowherd boys! Let’s play now! We’ll divide ourselves into two even teams.”

The word yatha-yatham means that Krsna naturally wanted the two teams to be evenly matched so that there would be a good game. In addition to the pleasure of sporting, the purpose of the game was to kill the demon Pralamba.