Krishna é a oitava existência terrena de Vishnu, a divindade responsável pela manutenção do Cosmos. Sua pele é retratada na cor preta ou azul-escura, conforme descrito nas Escrituras, embora em representações pictóricas modernas ele geralmente seja mostrado com pele azul.
Balarāma inquired from Kṛṣṇa about the actual situation. He said, "My dear Kṛṣṇa, in the beginning I thought that all these cows, calves and cowherd boys were either great sages and saintly persons or demigods, but at the present it appears that they are actually Your expansions. They are all You; You Yourself are playing as the calves and cows and boys. What is the mystery of this situation? Where have those other calves and cows and boys gone?