vasudevasutaM devaM kaMsacANUramardanam |
devakIparamAnandaM kRuShNaM vande jagadgurum ||
I bow down to Sri Krishna, the Lord, the true teacher of the world, one who is the son of Vasudeva, one who is the destroyer of demons like Kamsa & Chanoor (wrong thought & ignorance) and the one who is the greatest joy of Devaki (the source of never ending happiness for the devotees).
Sri Krishna is considered as the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Most recognize him as the Supreme Being or a Poorna-Avatar meaning an absolute or total manifestation of Brahman. He is depicted as a Bala Krishna (Divinity as an infant in Bhagavata Purana), as a statesman counseling Arjuna on the Kurukshetra (Bhagawad-Gita) or as in our temple in the form of a youthful prince enthralling the world by playing flute standing next to his greatest devotee who enchants Him by her spirituality, devotion and love (Gita Govinda). Radha is considered as the feminine manifestation of divine energy. Regional forms of Sri Krishna are Sri Jagannath of Orissa, Sri Vithoba of Maharashtra and Shrinathji in Rajasthan.
Sri Krishna's legends are in the Harivamsa, the Bhagavat & Vishnu Puranas and Mahabharata. Bhagawad-Gita beautifully wrapped up in Mahabharata is the nectar extracted by Lord Sri Krishna from all the Upanishads and summarized brilliantly in only 700 verses. Though the advice was then given by Bhagawan Sri Krishna to Sri Arjuna 5145 years ago, it is just as valid for every human being from every walk of life even today in the 21st century. It is a unique combination of Brahmavidya & Yogashastra. Brahmavidya means the knowledge of Brahman (God or Ishwar), of Atman (true nature of the individual), of Jagat (creation) and their relationships. This knowledge can only be accomplished by the devotees through the life of enlightened activity (Karma-Yoga) or renunciation.