SB 1.8 - The real reason for the Lord's appearance
Those who continuously hear, chant and repeat Kṛṣṇa’s transcendental activities, or take pleasure in others’ doing so, certainly see His lotus feet without delay, which alone can stop the repetition of birth and death. This is the real reason for the Lord’s appearance. The Supreme Lord cannot be seen by our conditioned vision. When He was present on the earth, materialists like Rāvaṇa, Kaṁsa, Jarāsandha and others could not see Him as the Supreme Lord, although they were highly qualified personalities by acquisition of material assets. The necessary qualification to see the Lord is developed by bhakti yoga beginning with hearing about the Lord from the right sources. Usually people hear Bhagavad gītā from unauthorized persons and thus they are unable to see the Lord. One should select a bona fide speaker and then hear from him. In the Bhāgavatam there are many activities of the Lord described beginning from His dealings with the Pāṇḍavas. In the tenth canto the sublime dealings with the gopīs and His wives at Dvārakā are mentioned. His dealings with the Pāṇḍavas and the gopīs are all equally important, and to hear about Him and His devotees are both conducive to spiritual development.