His tyrant uncle Kamsa imprisoned Krisna's father, usurped the throne of Mathura, and reigned along with his cruel minister, Canura. As long as these two men were in charge of Mathura, there was confusion and chaos everywhere. Krisna destroyed the tyrants and restored peace and order in the land.
Similarly, our bosom is usurped by two evil forces, namely, the ego and the egocentric desires, which cause agitations, worries, and anxieties within. When these two forces are Conquered by one's higher nature, the original glory and splendor of the pure Self are restored.
Though the divine child Krsna was born in prison, neither the iron bars nor the prison guards could confine Him. Vasudeva, His father, safely carried Him out of prison despite the severe restrictions imposed upon him. Krsna, as the Consciousness, or Atman, resides in the core of one's personality. It remains confined, as it were, within the five layers of matter constituting the human personality (food, vital air, mental, intellectual, and bliss sheaths). However, Atman, being subtler than the matter vestures, is not bound or limited by them.
Krishna is described as the infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient Reality. Yet, His revered mother Yaśodä saw only her child in Him. On one occasion, the little boy Krsna was suspected of having eaten mud, The mother chided Him, but the boy denied having eaten mud. Krsna was only telling the truth, for the earth is included in His universal form. He is the whole. How can the whole being eat its part? The eater and the eaten cannot be the same. The Lord tried to explain, but the mother could not measure the magnitude and stature of His infinite Being in her child. Upon her insistence, the boy opened His tiny mouth and revealed to her utter amazement, the entire universe within.
Lord Krishna plays the flute, producing enchanting music. The flute, by itself, cannot create music, It is an inert insentient piece of matter. But when the Lord plays it, divine music emanates from it and enchants everyone. Similarly, the human body is itself inert and insentient. It contains the sense of organs and mind-intellect equipment (the holes in the flute) through which the Consciousness expresses Itself.