India has adorned her festive garb as she gears up for the many festivals to come in the following months.. Today, it is Krishna Janshmashtami- birthday of the world-saviour Krishna.
Krishna has great significance in Indian mythology. Krishna is the 8th incarnation of Vishnu. He makes his appearance in the Mahabaratha- the great Indian epic. The Bhagavatha, another epic, is a sort of biography of Krishna, created by the great sage Vedavyasa. Krishna always makes his timely presence in tricky situations, when the people are in trouble, or the world needs saving..
The flute and a peacock feather are images associated with Krishna. He is an excellent flautist and always wears a peacock feather in his crown. Krishna was the 8th son of Devaki and Vasudeva. During his childhood, Krishna was very notorious. He would steal butter from all the houses and trouble the womenfolk of the village with his michievous acts. He grew up bearing the onslaught of many demons, all sent by the villainous Kamsa- Devaki’s brother, Krishna’s uncle. Kamsa did this as it was heralded by the divine that the 8th son of Devaki would kill Kamsa. But, his efforts were in vain. Ultimately, Kamsa was killed by Krishna.
Krishna’s teachings are the easiest to follow and incorporate into our lives. He always led by example and his prophecies were always practical. The Bhagavadgita, rendered by Krishna to Arjuna in the battlefield,contains knowledge which is unimaginably vast. In the battlefield, the thought of slaughtering all his family members, his teachers, his friends completely demoralised Arjuna. He refused to fight and sunk into a very pensive mood. Krishna, being Arjuna’s charioteer, swooped in, as always, and encouraged him. He rendered the Bhagavadgita, the pearls of wisdom speaking of the ultimate truths of life, duties that a mortal being must fulfil and the secret of life. These preachings of Krishna is invaluable and timeless. He is heralded as the Management Guru and the modern psychologists swear by his teachings. The Bhagavadgita never fails to provide solutions to any conceivable problems and confusions. Krishna preempted the conflicts of the modern mind and encapsulated the solutions in the Bhagavadgita. No wonder it is timeless.
Quotes from the Bhagavadgita
1. “It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”
2. “No one who does good work will ever come to a bad end, either here or in the world to come.”
3. “Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward.”
Krishna is the force that holds the Universe together, it is the force which binds everything . Without it, existence is impossible. Krishna holds the strings to everything and He is the guiding force behind every single thing that happens. Krishna is love, Krishna is the dispeller of evil. Krishna is all- pervading.
Happy Krishna Janmashtami to everyone!
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