Srimad Bhagavatam 11.11.20 - Krishna's beautiful reciprocation in Vrindavan with his Devotees (download mp3)
by Shivaram Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
yasyam na me pavanam anga karma
lilavatarepsita-janma va syad
vandhyam giram tam bibhryan na dhirah
My dear Uddhava, an intelligent person should never take to literatures that do not contain descriptions of My activities, which purify the whole universe. Indeed, I create, maintain and annihilate the entire material manifestation. Among all My pastime incarnations, the most beloved are Krsna and Balarama. Any so-called knowledge that does not recognize these activities of Mine is simply barren and is not acceptable to those who are actually intelligent.
The words lilavatarepsita-janma are very significant here. The Lord’s incarnation for executing wonderful pastimes is called lilavatara, and such wonderful forms of Visnu are glorified by the names Ramacandra, Nrsimhadeva, Kurma, Varaha, and so on. Among all such lilavataras, however, the most beloved, even to this day, is Lord Krsna, the original source of the visnu-tattva. The Lord appears in the prison house of Kamsa and is immediately transferred to the rural setting of Vrndavana, where He exhibits unique childhood pastimes with His cowherd boyfriends, girlfriends, parents and well-wishers. After some time, the Lord’s pastimes are transferred to Mathura and Dvaraka, and the extraordinary love of the inhabitants of Vrndavana is exhibited in their anguished separation from Lord Krsna. Such pastimes of the Lord are ipsita, or the reservoir of all loving exchanges with the Absolute Truth. The pure devotees of the Lord are most intelligent and expert and do not pay any attention to useless, fruitless literatures that neglect the highest truth, Lord Krsna. Although such literatures are very popular among materialistic persons all over the world, they are completely neglected by the community of pure Vaisnavas. In this verse the Lord explains that the literatures approved for the devotees are those that glorify the Lord’s pastimes as the purusa-avatara and the lilavataras, culminating in the personal appearance of Lord Krsna Himself, as confirmed in Brahma-samhita (5.39):
ramadi-murtisu kala-niyamena tisthan
nanavataram akarod bhuvanesu kintu
krsnah svayam samabhavat paramah puman yo
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
“I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who manifested Himself personally as Krsna and the different avataras in the world in the forms of Rama, Nrsimha, Vamana, etc., as His subjective portions.”
Even Vedic literatures that neglect the Supreme Personality of Godhead should be ignored. This fact was also explained by Narada Muni to Srila Vyasadeva, the author of the Vedas, when the great Vedavyasa felt dissatisfied with his work.