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Misconceptions about Lord Krishna's Appearance

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Krishna Janmastami Maha-Mahotsav
Kolkata-Worldwide, 12 August 2020, part 2


It is a very auspicious day today. It is Janmastami today, and tomorrow is Sri Nandotsav festival. Krishna is born at midnight, at 12 o'clock; you all know how He was born. It is described in Srimad Bhagavatam how Krishna appeared in this world in the prison of Kamsa in His chatur-bhuja murti (four-armed form) as Devaki and Vasudev's son. However, we do not think that Krishna is merely Devaki's son—He is Yasomati's son! He is Yasoda-nandan, Nanda-nandan. We worship Yasoda-nandan Krishna. Actually, Gaudiya Vaishnavs do not worship Vasudev Krishna (Vasudev-nandan Krishna)—Gaudiya Vaishnavs worship Nanda-nandan Krishna, Yasoda-nandan Krishna. It is important to understand this.

One time, someone asked me, "Is Krishna a step son of Yasoda?" I said: how many years you have been in this Gaudiya line and you are asking this kind of nonsense question?! Krishna is a son of Yasoda, a son of Nanda Maharaj. We see that Vasudev took Lord Krishna to Gokul and left Him there taking instead a girl from Yasoda, but this is just some historical movement. What is described and written in Srimad Bhagavatam is one of the pastimes of the Lord. Vasudev and Devaki are also very fortunate because they have got Krishna as their son, but He is actually a son of Nanda Maharaj and Mother Yasoda.

Anyway, I am very happy to see you all today. We can start our main programme now. First, I am giving my full obeisance at the lotus feet of my beloved Gurudev Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, after that I offer my full obeisance to all guru-varga living here—Srila Janardan Maharaj, Srila Ashram Maharaj, as well as all the guru-varga assembled here. Actually, I see everybody as my guru, I am everybody's disciple. That is my aspiration. "Sisya thakibo sarvada (শিষ্য থাকিব সর্ব্বদা)—I always want to be a disciple."

[A side remark about one of the devotees unable to leave the country:] ...If flights are cancelled, it is not a problem. He can stay here. So what if all flights are cancelled? This is not our business. What flights are cancelled or not cancelled depends upon the Lord, it is not in our hands. Our spiritual life is never cancelled, that is the main thing. If he wants to go so much, he can go on foot...

Anyhow, today is Sri Krishna Janmastami. If you read my books, you can get something from there—I write there some strong things. I told you last time also that there is one chapter there that says that without Lord Krishna, without Janmastami (Lord Krishna's appearance) life is meaningless. Lord Krishna appearance is the main source of life. If you read Guidance 3, you can easily understand what I want to say there. I give there some quotation from Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's writing, I also explained some slokas from Srimad Bhagavatam there. Also, you always read Srimad Bhagavad-gita, you know that it says there,

সর্ব্বধর্ম্মান্ পরিত্যজ্য মামেকং শরণং ব্রজ ।
অহং ত্বাং সর্ব্বপাপেভ্যো মোক্ষয়িষ্যামি মা শুচঃ ॥

sarva-dharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami ma suchah

"Give up all kinds of religion and surrender to Me alone. I will liberate you from all sins, do not despair."

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 18.66)

If you read this and other slokas from Srimad Bhagavad-gita, you can easily understand the meaning of Janmastami and who Krishna is. There are also some slokas from Srimad Bhagavatam that I quoted in this chapter (in Guidance 3). The chapter is not so long—if you read it, you can also understand why we do not worship Vasudev-Krishna. There are so many Hindu people in this world who worship Krishna, but people often compare Krishna's birth to the birth of an ordinary baby in this world—this is completely wrong. This is what I want to say. They say that just as a baby is born in this world, Krishna is also born in the same way. Such material thinking is not correct.

Anyway, today is the holy appearance day of Lord Sri Krishna and tomorrow is Sri Nandotsav. The festival is actually tomorrow—we make Sri Nandotsav festival tomorrow. This is the day when Nanda Maharaj made a festival in honour of his son's appearance. Sri Jaganath Misra also made a festival after Nimai was born, and we celebrate this festival the day after Gaura Purnima. Just as Lord Krishna's appearance is transcendental, so is the appearance of Srimati Radharani. How did She appear? She did not come as an ordinary child from somebody's womb. Local people think that She came from the womb of Kirtida Maya, but such mundane people cannot understand it. They can say that, but our vision is not like that—we see it in a different way.

[His Divine Grace then reads the chapter 'Without Lord Krishna's Appearance Life Is Meaningless' from Guidance 3.]

This is the meaning of Lord Sri Krishna's appearance. Now I will tell you something from Srimad Bhagavatam....



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