SB 1.10 - The Lord's return to Dvārakā

Lord Kṛṣṇa accepted the greetings of the ladies of Hastināpura, and casting His glance over them departed to Dvārakā. By His glances He pleased the women who had śānta-rati, and by His smiles He pleased those with mādhurya-bhāva. Yudhiṣṭhira engaged four divisions of defense – elephants, horses, chariots and foot soldiers - to accompany the Lord out of affection. Out of fear of attack by the asuras on the Lord, the king did this. Although the Lord was capable to defend Himself, He still accepted the arrangements of the king so as not to disobey him and also because He likes to play the part of a subordinate to His devotee. The basic principle for all transcendental exchanges between the Lord and His devotees is exhibited to enjoy a transcendental bliss for which there is no comparison, even up to the level of brahmānanda.

Out of affection for the Lord, the Pāṇḍavas accompanied Him for a considerable distance. Then the Lord persuaded them to return home. He then proceeded thru various provinces and reached Dvārakā at last. Jīva Gosvāmī says that Kṛṣṇa passed thru Śūrasena so He could visit Vṛndāvana. On His journey thru these provinces, the Lord was welcomed, worshiped and given various presentations. In all places, the Lord suspended His journey in the evening and performed evening rites. The Lord did these duties not because He was under the laws of karma but to set an example for others to follow. One must act properly himself and teach the same to others, otherwise no one will accept one’s blind teaching. The Lord acts that way so that common men can follow His example. But in the advanced stage, when one can understand the transcendental nature of the Lord, one does not try to imitate Him.

The Lord in human society does what is the duty of everyone, but He also does things extraordinary which cannot be imitated by the living being. His acts of evening prayer must be followed by the living being but it is not possible to follow His mountain-lifting or dancing with the gopīs. Thus in all actions, the spiritual master, who is the manifested mercy of the Lord, should always be consulted and the path of progress will be assured.