6: Sri Krishna’s Vrindavana and Dvarka Lilas :
In the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam, the Eighth Skandham is devoted to the detailing of Gajendra Moksha, Amrita Manthana, and Sri Vamana avatara of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu, and in the Ninth Skandha we have the long history of the Solar and Lunar dynasties—Rama being a descendant of the Solar dynasty, and Krishna of the Lunar dynasty.
The most important theme, surpassing all other descriptions that we have in the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana, is the principle objective of the whole text—namely, the life of Bhagavan Sri Krishna himself.
In a wonderfully touching prayer, Kunti glorifies the great Master, as we have it recorded in the First Skandha of the Bhagavata:
(Srimad Bhagavatham : Skandham-1. Chapter-8. Slokam-s - 18 & 19.
Kunti uvaca :
isvaram prakrteh param
antar bahir avasthitam.
"Kunti Devi said: O Krishna, I offer my obeisances unto You because You are the original personality and are unaffected by the qualities of the material world. You are existing both within and without everything, yet You are invisible to all."
na lakshyase mudha-drsa
nato natyadharo yatha.
"Being beyond the range of limited sense perception, You are the eternally irreproachable factor covered by the curtain of deluding energy. You are invisible to the foolish observer, exactly as an actor dressed as a player is not recognized."
Sri-krishna krishna-sakha vrsny-rsabhavani-dhrug-
yogesvarakhila-guro bhagavan namas te.
"O Krishna, O friend of Arjuna, O chief amongst the descendants of Vrshni, You are the destroyer of those political parties which are disturbing elements on this earth. Your prowess never deteriorates. You are the proprietor of the transcendental abode, and You descend to relieve the distresses of the cows, the brahmanas and the devotees. You possess all mystic powers, and You are the preceptor of the entire universe. You are the almighty God, and I offer You my respectful obeisances."
To be continued....