बहूनि मे व्यतीतानि जन्मानि तव चार्जुन।
तान्यहं वेद सर्वाणि न त्वं वेत्थ परन्तप।।4.5।।
।।4.5।। श्रीभगवान् ने कहा हे अर्जुन मेरे और तुम्हारे बहुत से जन्म हो चुके हैं (परन्तु) हे परन्तप उन सबको मैं जानता हूँ और तुम नहीं जानते।।
Lord Krishna declaration of: many births have past for you and for Me is a definite affirmation of the reality of reincarnation for Arjuna and confirmation of the avatars or incarnations of the Supreme Lord Krishna. What He is confirming is that His present incarnation is as real as Arjunas present life reincarnation and that the ones from the past are real as well, subtly implying that there is a fundamental difference between them. The nature of the avatars, how they manifest and their purpose for incarnating is given next.