Originally posted by Darklord_Rehan
@Lola and Lalitha.
Since I have not read Bhagwad Puran or Harivamsa, my knowledge is limited to Mahabharat. But I think that to convince people he need not have exposed his divinity. It was not really need, for Krishna could have done anything the 'normal' way had he wished too, but more to speed up the events. He displayed his divinity many many times during his childhood and adolescence, and though he used Maya to make half those events forgotten in people's minds, the other half he had remained. For example, he made Yashoda Maiyya forget seeing the whole universe in his mouth, but he did not erase the Govardhan incident in people's minds. And when it was revealed to Nand and Yashoda later on that Krishna was not their real son, but the eighth son of Devaki and Vasudev who was prophesied to kill Kans, the fact that he was the avatar of Shri Hari came to light. From then on everyone knew he was Krishna, and in Bhagawatham, they did address him as 'Bhagwan Shri Krishna' many times. Krishna was a highly skilled orator and had deep political understanding. He could scheme grand strategies, foil the plan of his enemies, and make a route for his friends and followers by hook or by crook. People revered him, sought him for advice but did not hail/worship him as God in Mahabharat atleast. In Mahabharat, only Bhishma knows of his divinity and that is why he asks Yudhishtir to pay homage to Krishna in Rajsuya Yagya. But here almost everybody, including Kunti, Vidur, Pandavas, and even the common citizens of Mathura and Dwarka know that he's Paramatma!! In Bhagawatham, Shri Krishna reveals his divine form to Kunti much before anyone else, through Akrur (who also received the divine sight before taking Krishna to Kans), and through Akrur, Vidur, Kunti, and the Pandavas also know. The Pandavas especially always knew Krishna to be Lord Vishnu's avatar.
One more thing - if everybody knew that he was God then do you think he would have had enemies or opponents? Everyone would have agreed to his words without arguing. People like Duryodhan, Karna, Shakuni, Jarasandh might have been Adharmis, but they all prayed to God dutifully. Karna prayed to Narayan everyday after Surya Snaan. Duryodhan too offered prayers to Vishnu and even performed Vaishnava Yagya after Karna's world conquest. Do you thing they would have attempted to capture Krishna or even disagree to his proposal if they knew he was Vishnu? That's because they were fools. And also, how many people today would believe that someone was the avatar of God? Yes, Krishna revealed his divine identity to all, but that did not mean everyone believed it till they saw his Vishva Roop with their own eyes. Even today, if someone who performs miracles claims he is an avatar of Shri Hari, would we believe him? A very little number would, and so yes, Krishna did have enemies, who claimed that he was spreading a false rumor that he was God. And like Lola said, even after his Vishva Roop was displayed in Hastinapur, Duryodhan still attempted to capture him claiming that he was doing 'magic tricks'. So a fool will always be a fool, whether or not God reveals himself in front of him.
I sensed arrogance in his words because it is clearly written in Mahabharat that Krishna was extremely modest while addressing his superiors. You see the Krishna's peace proposal of BRC MB and see the peace proposal of SK. In MB, Krishna humbly folds his hands, bows before Bhishma, Drona and Vidura, does Pranam to everybody present in the Sabha, beseeches the king and politely requests him to return the Pandava kingdom. That was a sign of a true Diplomat and an Ambassador. However in SK, Krishna sits like an emperor before Dhritarashtra, instead of doing Pranam, he gives blessings to others and he doesn't request - he makes statements and declares his proposal. There's absolutely no humility in his voice. I haven't yet gotten to the peace proposal in SK, for I am currently in the Hanuman/Pondrak track and still have a long way to go before I get to the Hastinapur peace proposal, but I can imagine what you say. I felt that way too in the beginning epis of adult Krishna, which is why I am still not too much a fan of this phase. There were some episodes that were taken really good, like Rukmini Haran, Satyabhama Garva Bhangam, Sudama (in this episode you really see the humility of Krishna come alive), but others were not so good, like the Pradyumna track which started out really well but then went down towards the end. They dragged it sooo much and then added that one line for Krishna which made me cringe.
However, one thing I request is please do not bring BRC's Mahabharat into discussion here. I know it's hard, since our minds naturally compare and contrast mytho serials when we watch them, but from my past experience, comparisons only cause fights and bitter feelings to arise, and I do not want that to happen in this forum. So in a thread that is specified to pertain to only one show, only discussions on that show are allowed. So in this thread, bringing up any Krishna show other than SK is against the rules.