JANMASHTMI celebrating Lord Krishna’s birth day each year assures us of the grand manifestation of the Supreme in the form of Krishna for protection of the virtuous and destruction of the wicked at the appropriate time.
Puranic Theology associates the avatars with the four Yugas —— Sat, Treta, Dvapara and Kali. In today’s Kali Yuga Krishna could appear in our midst at any given moment. The Bhagavatam say that Krishna is the full-fledged avatar complete in al aspects.
Krishna denotes unmeasured, incomprehensible and absolutely great personae stimulating astonishment, rapture and admiration. Krishna is known as the Foremost Yogi. With the amalgamation of the theistic doctrine of devotion, Krishna evolved as a personal God of love and grace in the form of Kanha Krishna at Gokul and Vrindavan apart from representing Vasudeva Krishna at Mathura and Dvaraka.
Krishna is also looked upon as having two bodies. One which is eternal, supracosmic and spiritual and the other which is material and temporary. As an object of Bhakti, Krishna appears as an embodiment of Nine Emotions or Rasas and fulfils the nine-fold required enforcements of devotees as God in the form of a child, a youth, counsellor, friend and beloved.
———- Asha Goswami