By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Today is the birth appearance ceremony of Lord Krishna. In the Bhagavad-gītā the Lord says,
janma karma me divyam yo jānāti tattvatah
tyaktvā deham punar janma naiti mām eti kaunteya
“My dear Arjuna, any person who simply tries to understand about My transcendental appearance and activities, does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.”
The Personality of Godhead is not niskriya, without activities. So anyone who can understand that what kind of activities the Lord has and what kind of birth He accepts, simply by understanding these two things one gets wonderful result. What is that?. By quitting this body, he does not take any more birth in this material world [tyaktvā deham punar janma naiti]. Some of us may think that punar janma naiti means he becomes vanquished. No. Punar janma naiti, but mām eti, “He does not come to this material world, but he comes to Me.” This is possible simply by understanding the nature of His appearance and activities.
So today is that auspicious day, Janmastami, when Lord Krishna appeared five thousand years ago in India, Mathurā. Those who are Indian ladies and gentlemen present, they know very well where Mathurā is. It is about ninety miles south of New Delhi. Mathurā is still existing and it is eternally existing. Krishna appeared in Mathurā in His maternal uncle’s house in a very precarious condition. That birthplace, Lord Krishna’s birthplace, is now maintained very nicely. One who goes to India can see it.
So anyway, Lord Krishna appeared on this planet five thousand years ago. Now Krishna says, janma karma me divyam [Bg. 4.9]. Divyam means “not ordinary.” Krishna’s birth should not be understood like our birth. Krishna does not take his birth like us. That is also explained in the Bhagavad-gītā. When Arjuna inquired from Krishna, “My dear Krishna, You are saying that formerly You spoke this yoga system of Bhagavad-gītā to the sun-god. That means it was millions and trillions years ago that You spoke. How can I believe it?” Because Krishna was a contemporary of Arjuna, he was thinking that, “Krishna is my friend, is my cousin brother. How it is possible that He spoke this Bhagavad-gītā yoga to sun-god?” So what was the reply? The reply was this, that “You also appear many, many times; I also appear many, many times. The difference is that I Continue reading