Krishna is the eighth and the most popular incarnation of Lord
Vishnu. He was born in approximately 3200 BCE in Vrindavan, where he was
brought up by the cowherd family of Yashoda and Nanda. His childhood playmates
were gopas (cowherd boys) and gopis (cowherd girls), who were greatly devoted
to him. Of all gopis, Radha loved Krishna the most.
In the forests of Vrindavan, Krishna often played his flute and gopis danced with him in ecstasy. The Gopis represent the individual souls trapped in physical bodies. Radha symbolizes the individual soul that is awakened to the love of God and is absorbed in such love. The sound of Krishna's flute represents the call of the divine for the individual souls.
The gopis' love for Krishna signifies the eternal bond between the individual soul and God. The dance of the gopis and Krishna (Rasa Lila) signifies the union of the human and Divine, the dance of the souls. In the forest, the gopis dance with Krishna and are absorbed in their love for him. This illustrates that when an individual soul responds to the call of the Divine, the soul enjoys union with the Lord and becomes absorbed in the divine ecstasy.
Of all the incarnations, Lord Krishna is revered as a full and complete incamation (purna avatara) of Lord Vishnu. He commands love, respect, and adoration from all Hindus of all walks of life.
- Bansi Pandit
Bhagwan Krishen with Balram