Activities of Krishna’s Expansions
Reciprocating with Devotees
Krishna in His original form in Goloka enjoys relationships in the mood of familiarity. But there are countless devotees whose pure love of God is filled with awe and reverence. For them, Krishna expands Himself in the spiritual realm as innumerable Narayanas, or Vishnus. Each is unique, yet each commands respect as the Supreme Lord. The part of the spiritual world where They reside is call Vaikuntha, “the place of no anxiety.”
To carry on work in the material sphere, Krishna expands Himself or incarnates. Each expansion or avatar possesses some of Krishna’s qualities in full. They appear with forms and emotions different from Krishna’s, and They carry out specific activities. They are uniquely named according to these characteristics.
Krishna creates the material world in response to our desire to try to enjoy outside of our relationship with Him. Everything here is created, sustained, and ultimately destroyed by His expansions.