After a couple of marathon weeks with gruelling preparation for end terms exams and projects presentations, Appu is preparing for his final frontier of his term exams. This exam is chill and exam tests how best a student can globe on the given subject. Appu is getting accustomed to the art of globing the given topic. Incidentally Appu is going to be 1/3rd MBA graduate after this final hurdle. Along with his friends, Appu is preparing his strategy for bidding points for his electives in next term.
As usual friends joke and debate with each other on any random thoughts, one of the friends of Appu has posed a question jokingly about lord Krishna, “What did Krishna do for you?” Appu has given an impromptu answer to that question by asking a question back to him, “You should ask what Krishna didn’t do for you?” His friends haven’t nag Appu after his powerful answer. Appu also hasn’t realized what has come from his mouth out is indeed correct and perfect answer. Sometimes wonderful conclusions and statements come out spontaneously leaving a person to ponder over those statements’ validity and repercussions. This back fired question is one of those types.
What did Krishna do for a normal person from philosophical perspective?
sarva-yoniṣu kaunteya mūrtayaḥ sambhavanti yāh
tāsāḿ brahma mahad yonir ahaḿ bīja-pradaḥ pitā (B.G. 14.4)
It should be understood that all species of life, O son of Kuntī, are made possible by birth in this material nature, and that I am the seed-giving father.
nityo nityanam cetanas cetananam eko bahunam yo vidadhati Kaman (Svetasvatara Upanisad 6.13)
He (Krishna) is the chief eternal among all eternals. He is the chief conscious entity among all conscious entities. The one fulfils the needs of all others.
sarvasya cāhaḿ hṛdi sanniviṣṭo mattaḥ smṛtir jñānam apohanaḿ ca
vedaiś ca sarvair aham eva vedyo vedānta-kṛd veda-vid eva cāham (B.G. 15.5)
We don’t even remember who we are when we get up from bed every day morning. Can we imagine ourselves as Gajinies? It is because of Him we remember our identity.
saha-yajñāḥ prajāḥ sṛṣṭvā purovāca prajāpatiḥ
anena prasaviṣyadhvam eṣa vo ‘stv iṣṭa-kāma-dhuk (B.G. 3.10)
In the beginning of creation, the Lord of all creatures sent forth generations of men and demigods, along with sacrifices for Viṣṇu, and blessed them by saying, “Be thou happy by this yajña [sacrifice] because its performance will bestow upon you everything desirable for living happily and achieving liberation.”
All the required things for leading life peacefully and going back to godhead are given by Him. He has provided us air, water, grains, and medicines. Even for the creations of so called scientists, the useful ingredients are supplied by Him. Our existence simply depends upon His mercy.
What did Krishna do with His incarnations?
We can understand what Krishna did for us from the Dasavatara Stotra of a famous poet, Jayadev Goswami. It is only tip of iceberg for the activities what Krishna did for us.
pralaya-payodhi-jale dhṛtavān asi vedaḿ
keśava dhṛta-mīna-śarīra jaya jagadīśa hare
O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a fish! All glories to You! You easily acted as a boat in the form of a giant fish just to give protection to the Vedas, which had become immersed in the turbulent sea of devastation.
kṣitir iha vipulatare tiṣṭhati tava pṛṣṭhe
keśava dhṛta-kūrma-śarīra jaya jagadīśa hare
O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a tortoise! All glories to You! In this incarnation as a divine tortoise the great Mandara Mountain rests upon Your gigantic back as a pivot for churning the ocean of milk. From holding up the huge mountain a large scar like depression is put in Your back, which has become most glorious.
vasati daśana-śikhare dharaṇī tava lagnā
śaśini kalańka-kaleva nimagnā
keśava dhṛta-śūkara-rūpa jaya jagadīśa hare
O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a boar! All glories to You! The earth, which had become I,merged in the Garbhodaka Ocean at the bottom of the universe, sits fixed upon the tip of Your tusk like a spot upon the moon.
tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-śṛńgaḿ
keśava dhṛta-narahari-rūpa jaya jagadīśa hare
O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lionl All glories to You! lust as one can easily crush a wasp between one’s fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasp like demon Hiranyakasipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.
chalayasi vikramaṇe balim adbhuta-vāmana
keśava dhṛta-vāmana-rūpa jaya jagadīśa hare
O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a dwarf-brahmana! All glories to You! O wonderful dwarf, by Your massive steps You deceive King Bali, and by the Ganges water that has emanated from the nails of your lotus feet, You deliver all living beings within this world.
snapayasi payasi śamita-bhava-tāpam
keśava dhṛta-bhṛgupati-rūpa jaya jagadiśa hare
O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Bhrgupati [Parasurama]! All glories to You! At Kuruksetra You bathe the earth in the rivers of blood from the bodies of I he demoniac ksatriyas that You have slain. The sins of the world are washed away by You, and because of You people are relieved room the blazing fire of material existence.
vitarasi dikṣu raṇe dik-pati-kamanīyaḿ
keśava dhṛta-rāma-śarīra jaya jagadiśa hare
O Kesava!O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who haze assumed the form of Ramacandra! All glories to You! In the battle of Lanka You destroy the ten-headed demon Ravana and distribute his heads as a delightful offering to the presiding deities of the ten directions, headed by Indira. This action was long desired by all of them, who were much harassed by this monster.
vahasi vapuṣi viśade vasanaḿ jaladābhaḿ
keśava dhṛta-haladhara-rūpa jaya jagadiśa hare
O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Balarama, the yielder of the prowl All glories to You! On Your brilliant white body You wear garments the color of a fresh blue rain cloud. These garments are colored like the beautiful dark hue of the River Yamuna, who feels great fear due to the striking of Your plowshare.
nindasi yajña-vidher ahaha śruti-jātaḿ
keśava dhṛta-buddha-śarīra jaya jagadīśa hare
O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Buddha! All glories to You! O Buddha of compassionate heart, you decry the slaughtering of poor animals performed according to the rules of Vedic sacrifice.
mleccha-nivaha-nidhane kalayasi karavālaḿ
dhūmaketum iva kim api karālam
keśava dhṛta-kalki-śarīra jaya jagadīśa hare
O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Kalki! All glories to You! You appear like a comet and carry a terrifying sword for bringing about the annihilation of the wicked barbarian men at the end of the Kali-yuga.
śrī-jayedeva-kaver idam uditam udāraḿ
śṛṇu sukha-daḿ śubha-daḿ bhava-sāram
keśava dhṛta-daśa-vidha-rūpa jaya jagadīśa hare
O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed these ten different forms of incarnation! All glories to You! O readers, please hear this hymn of the poet Jayadeva, which is most excellent, an awarder of happiness, a bestower of auspiciousness, and it is the best thing in this dark world.
vedān uddharate jaganti vahate bhū-golam udbibhrate
daityaḿ dārayate baliḿ chalayate kṣatra-kṣayaḿ kurvate
paulastyaḿ jayate halaḿ kalayate kāruṇyam ātanvate
mlecchān mūrchayate daśakṛti-kṛte kṛṣṇāya tubhyaḿ namaḥ
O Lord Krsna, I offer my obeisances unto You, who appear in the forms of these ten incarnations. In the form of Matsya You rescue the Vedas, and as Karma You bear the MandaraMountain on Your back. As Varaha You lift the earth with Your tusk, and in the form of Narasimha You tear open the chest of the daitya Hiranyakasipu. In the form of Vamana You trick the daitya king Bali by asking him for only three steps of land, and then You take away the whole universe from him by expanding Your steps. As Parasurama You slay all of the wickedksatriyas, and as Ramacandra You conquer the raksasa king Ravana. In the form of Balarama You carry a plow with which You subdue the wicked and draw toward You the River Yamuna. As Lord Buddha You show compassion toward all the living beings suffering in this world and at the end of the Kali-yuga You appear as Kalki to bewilder the mlecchas [degraded low-class men].
What did Krishna do when He had come personally on this planet earth?
He relieved the pain of earth by annihilating the miscreants who were troubling innocent people as promised by Him.
paritrāṇāya sādhūnāḿ vināśāya ca duṣkṛtām
dharma-saḿsthāpanārthāya sambhavāmi yuge yuge (B.G. 4.8)
To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear, millennium after millennium.
He killed demoniac personalities like Kamsa, Sishupal, Dantavakra and many more. Many people may consider these are mythological, but excavations at Dwaraka proved that Krishna is the historical figure and all the descriptions about Him are real facts. Even though He is supreme personality of godhead, He became the servant of His devotees (followers). He became the chariot driver of His friend Arjuna, the messenger of Pandavas, the order carrier of His cowherd friends, lover of cowherd damsels. He is the best friend, best son, best master, best lover that anyone can think of. In His Vamanavatar, He even became the door keeper of Bali Maharaj. Even the demoniac personalities who were killed by Him like that of Putana and Sishupal are awarded liberation. The warriors who were killed in presence of Krishna at Kurukshetra were awarded liberation.
“What Krishna didn’t do for you?” is the correct question to be asked instead of “what did Krishna do for you?”