SB 1.1 - Question 4 - What are the adventures the Lord performs?

(Q4) (1.1.17) The sages asked Sūta to speak about the various adventures the Lord performs in His various incarnations. They wanted to know the deeds of the Lord when He assumed the forms of Brahmā, Rudra etc for the purpose of creating, maintaining and destroying the universe, or the acts the Lord performs in relationship to creating the material world. This can also mean to deal with Kṛṣṇa’s creation and maintenance of the worlds thru His puruṣa-avatāras. The Lord is always active and His works are nicely described by such great souls as Vyāsa, Vālmīki, Madhva, Śrī Caitanya, Rāmānuja and others. Both the material and spiritual creations are full of opulence and beauty but the spiritual realm is more magnificent due to its being full of knowledge, bliss and eternity.

The material creations are manifested for some time as perverted shadows of the spiritual kingdom, and they attract the less intelligent. But more intelligent men guided by sages like Nārada know that the eternal kingdom of God is more delightful, larger and eternally full of bliss and knowledge. The Lord favors the ignorant by displaying His pastimes in this world. The conditioned souls are either engaged in enjoying their senses or in negating the real life in the spiritual world. Above these karmīs and jñānīs are the devotees, who are engaged in the positive service of the Lord, and thereby derives the highest spiritual benefit unknown to the karmīs and jñānīs.

The Lord has many incarnations of unlimited categories. Incarnations like Brahmā, Rudra, Manu, Pṛthu and Vyāsa are partial or empowered incarnations, but His incarnations like Rāma, Nṛsiṁha, Varāha and Vāmana are His transcendental incarnations. Lord Kṛṣṇa is the fountainhead of all incarnations and thus the cause of all causes. The constant presence of all incarnations during the time when Kṛṣṇa appears indicates the completeness of Kṛṣṇa as avatārī.