The Supreme Lord Salutations to Lord Krishna, the Supreme Lord, who is the Indweller of our hearts, who is Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute, who is the Soul of this universe, who bestows Immortality on His devotees, who is the source for everything and who took a human form for the benefit of the gods and His devotees, to destroy wickedness and to establish righteousness.
I bow to that Para Brahman, the Supreme Self, from whom is born this mysterious universe, by whom alone it is upheld, and in whom alone it is dissolved, who is Lord Krishna Himself. Lord Krishna was the highest incarnation of the great Vishnu.
- He was the unique and crowning incarnation of all.
- He was the Purna Avatara, the Perfect Incarnation.
- He had sixteen Kalas or rays.
- He was a noble scion of the illustrious Yadava dynasty.
He was a world-teacher. He was the one Lord of love.
- He was a lover of mankind.
His divine form holds the heart of India captive in chains even today. The Bhagavata, the Mahabharata, the Vishnu Purana-all proclaim with one voice that there was none to match Sri Krishna in beauty and elegance of form in all the three worlds.
His enchanting form with flute in hand is worshipped in the myriad homes of India. It is a form to which is poured out devotion and supreme love from the hearts of countless devotees not only in India but also in the West. He was a noble embodiment of all the great qualities of head and heart. He was the towering genius of His age. He was a great historical figure. His sports of childhood contain countless object-lessons for all thinking men. He was a glorious and extraordinary personality.