Krishna’s departure and re-incarnation

Krishna’s departure and re-incarnation

Srimad Bhagavatam Mahatmyam, Chapter 3 Sloka 54: Sri Sootha said: When Sri Krishna decided to leave the earth for his abode, the Lord gave a philosophical discourse enshrined in Volume 11 (Ekadasa Skandam) of Srimad Bhagavatam to this favourite and ardent disciple Uddhava which the latter narrated to others.

Explanation: Volume 11 of Srimad Bhagavatam is packed with philosophy and is considered to be an expanded and detailed version of the philosophy propounded by Sri Krishna to his favourite friend and disciple Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra and contained in Srimad Bhagavat Gita. Uddhava is an astute student and asks probing questions to Sri Krishna on life, bhakti, moksha etc and the Lord answers all of them in His lucid style. Through Uddhava, Sri Krishna address a wider audience – disciples like you and me.   

Srimad Bhagavatam, Mahatmyam, Chapter 3 Sloka 55-59: Uddhava tells Sri Krishna: Hey Krishna, after having fulfilled your duties on Earth, you have now decided to go to your abode. But I am deeply worried as your departure will mark the entry of Kaliyuga which will be filled with evil people and evil forces. In such an atmosphere, who will be there to protect your devotees? How will forces of goodness prevail? Please do not go and protect your devotees.

Explanation: It is noteworthy that despite fervent pleas from Uddhava, Sri Krishna decides to leave as His duties on Earth were over. This has a message: In life too, one should learn to snap emotional bonds and learn to move on. The philosophy of LET GO is very important. One should know when and how to let go things in one’s life. Children grow up and get married. Parents should know that time has come to recede to the background and let the children go and lead their lives. You do not cut away from them, but you reduce the emotional bonds to the bear minimum.

Sudha Murthy calls this as detachment in the attachment. For more, read

Srimad Bhagavatam, Mahatmyam, Chapter 3 Sloka 60: Sitting on the holy spot of Prabhasa, Sri Krishna was in deep thought on how He will be able to protect his devotees in the tough times of Kaliyuga.

Srimad Bhagavatam, Mahatmyam, Chapter 3 Sloka 61-65: In a symbolic act signifying a great meaning and solace for devotees, Sri Krishna transferred his divinity to the ocean called Srimad Bhagavatam. This signifies that Sri Krishna and Srimad Bhagavatam are one and the same. Thus, hearing, reading or propagating Srimad Bhagavatam is the only solace for devotees to overcome their fears, sorrows, troubles, develop detachment and even conquer Maya. 


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