Krishna's Primary Role
"Krishna's primary role was that of teacher. He taught the Gita to Arjuna. He told Arjuna: 'Be only my instrument!' Krishna thereby declared: "Using you as an instrument, I am reforming the whole world.' All teachings of the Divine are related to Dharma (righteousness) and Prema (love). The Gopikas prayed to Krishna that he should never leave their hearts in which they had installed him." Sai Baba, SS, 9/90, p. 228
Krishna's Role In The Cosmic Play
"When Krishna made his advent on earth, he also had to play his part according to his role. While Shishupala was railing at Krishna, he allowed him a long rope and destroyed him, when the appropriate time came. The Bhagavatam relates the story of how Krishna repeatedly fled in his encounters with Jarasandha. How can the All-knowing, All-powerful, Omni-present Lord flee from anywhere? Where can he hide himself? This is utterly fanciful.
When one has faith in the ways of the Lord and abides by the will of the Lord, the Lord can be understood and experienced.
For instance, there is an example of Draupadi in the Mahabharata. In the court of Duryodhana, although she was humiliated and dishonoured by Duryodhana and Dushaasana, Krishna, in accordance with the role he had to play, did not intervene, as both of them were destined to meet with their death at the hands ofBhima.
During Krishna's lifetime, he was the target of attacks and accusations by many wicked persons. But the Divine has no likes or dislikes. The wicked persons suffer from the consequences of their own actions according to their deserts.
When an actor in a play is assigned a certain role, he studies the entire play. But while acting his role, he has to play his part alone in each scene as required in the play and not all the roles that he knows. He has to suit his actions to the demands of his role in each scene in the play. Likewise, the Lord, when He has assumed a role in the cosmic play, has to act in each situation according to what is appropriate and according to the rules of the game." Sai Baba, SS, 12/94, p. 310
"The originator of the Yadava clan is Yayaati. His eldest son was known as Yadu. The descendants of Yadu came to be known in course of time as Yadavas. Among the Yadavas, there was a chief known as Ahuka, who was righteous person wedded to truth. The characters figuring in the Krishna legend belong to Ahuka's lineage. Ahuka had two sons - Devaka and Ugrasena. Kansa was the son ofUgrasena. Devaki was the daughter of Devaka. Kansa had no sister of his own. He had great affection for his cousin Devaki, whom he treated as his own uterine sister." Sai Baba, SS. 10/94, p. 253