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SIGNIFICANCE OF KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI - 21st AUGUST 2011
 

Humble Prenalms at the Lotus feet of our Beloved Lord. 

Birth of Lord Krishna

It was a time when Mother Earth was burdened with Adharma/Unrighteousness. Unrighteousness had moved in from the forests into the cities and families.

Kings were fighting amongst themselves and had become very selfish and were causing harm to their subjects. Vedas had become more as a ritual and was being ignored. 

To uproot the wicked, to protect the virtuous, uphold Dharma, to foster the Vedas  and to re-establish Dharma in the society, our beloved Lord decided to descent as a Krishna Avatar. 

The scene --family chosen was in prison and in the midst of trouble and calamity.  

Kamsa, Prince of Mathura, loved his sister Devaki very much. On the day of the wedding, as the procession was going on  an Ethereal voice proclaimed that he (Kamsa) would be killed by the eighth son of the very sister whom he is giving in mariage. Kamsa immediately  puts  the couple, Devaki and Vasudeva in prison. He  kills all her 7 children as soon as they are born. Now the birth of the 8th child is immanent. 

Birth 

In the month of Krishana Pasha on Ashtami day  early morning at  Brahma Murtham 3.00 am the  Lord was born. Mysteriously the guards were found to be fast asleep at that time. The prison door opened spontaneously, the chains of Vasudeva broke and a basket appeared out of nowhere. Vasaudeva placed the child in the basket and left Mathura.

There was a heavy storm with torrential rains at that time and River Yamuna was in full flow.

Vasudeva prayed to Lord Narayana and unexpectedly the river parted and gave way and Adisesha protected the child from torrential rain. 

Vasudeva reached Nanda’s house and left the Lord in their house and  in exchange brought back the baby girl born to Nanda and  Yashoda.

As soon as he reached  prison cell,  the doors closed. On hearing the birth of the baby Kamsa tried to kill the baby, but the baby was none other than Maya Sakthi, who flew into the skies and warned Kamsa that the eighth child was alive and will come to kill him. 

Naming of the Lord

Sage Garga named the child as Krishna as he was dark in complexion. 

He was also called Krishna as it meant ‘One who cultivates/ploughs the Heart’  to weed out the bad qualities  and give the yield of pure Love’ or ‘One who gives Eternal Bliss’.

Power of Lord’s Name

 

Radha & Rukmani 

Radha and Rukmani (Lord Krishna’s wife) were good friends. One day Rukmani had called Radha to her house. Krishna was away at the time.  During their busy conversation Rukmani offered Radha some milk. Radha, as always, drank the milk after offering it to the Lord saying Krishnarpanam.

In the evening Lord Krishna came and He seemed to be in lot of pain. Rukmani was very distressed and sad at seeing her beloved Lord in so much pain. She saw that  Lord Krishna’s tongue was swollen and fiery red. She asked him what happened? Lord Krishna told her that it was all due to her fault. Rukmani was very surprised.

Krishna asked her what did she offer Radha? Rukmani told her it was milk.

Krishna  told her that when she served the milk she offered it too hot and  as Radha offered it to Him before drinking he had to protect his devotee and hence had  taken on the  the burden and had a burnt tongue now. 

Mira’s event 

Everyone knows about Mira Bhai. She was a queen. She was madly in Love with Lord Krishna.

She would always sing and contemplate on the Lord all the time.

She would go round the streets and lose herself in ecstasy singing the Lord’s name.

Her cousin became furious at her behaviour and decided to kill her by giving her the poisoned milk. Mira drank the poison saying Krishnarpanam and as she offered everything to the Divine Lord the poison did not touch her at all. 

The above two incidents show how powerful the Lord’s name is and how he protects his devotee if his name is chanted with sincerity and Love.

Lord Krishna’s sport 

Lord Krishna was happily playing with the Gopi’s at Gokulum.

Although He was living in the chieftain’s House He would often go to other houses and drink milk and butter from their houses. When His mother questioned Him why he was doing this, Lord Krishna replied saying that the milk and butter in the Gopi’s house tasted much better than their own house meaning as the Gopi’s heart is full of devotion and purity, the Lord is naturally attracted to them.

Yashoda saw Krishna as her son only (attachment) and not as the All-pervasive Lord whereas the Gopi’s saw Lord Krishna as the very Lord of the Universe.

His sporting activities with the Gopi’s are many. He played with them, revealed  divinity to them in many ways, and protected them from many calamities.

He lifted the Govardhana Mountain, protectected the Gopi’s from many demons and from the Kalya serpent.

Where there is Faith there is Love

Where there is Love, There is GOD

Lord Krishna and the Pandavas

As you all know there were the Five Pandava brothers-Dharmaraja, Arjuna, Bhima, Nakula and Sahadeva. All were embodiments of righteousness. They gave importance to GOD FIRST, SOCIETY NEXT AND TO THEMSELVES LAST. 

The Kauravas on the other hand were selfish and arrogant. They gave importance to THEMSELVES FIRST, THEN TO THE SOCIETY AND LASTLY TO GOD.

At one time, Pandavas were lured to a game of Dice by the wicked Kauravas and made to loose. The Kauravas then tried  to humiliate Draupadi,  the wife of the Pandavas  in the centre Hall of the Kauravas admist all the Elders. When Draupadi saw that her mighty husbands could not save her she turned her mind to the Lord and called upon Him to save her.She first called Him as Dwarakamayi, Brindavansanchari but the Lorddid not appear instantly as He had to come all the way from Dwaraka but He  appeared to her instantly only when she called her as Hrudayavai-meaning the indweller of the heart.

The All Knowing compassionate Lord immediately comes to her rescue and saves her from this humiliation by giving her boundless clothes and protects her.

He  showed the world that GOD SHOULD BE CALLED FOR FROM WITHIN AND THE LORD RESIDES IN THE HEART AND NOT TO BE SEARCHED OUTSIDE.

Second Incident

It was at the peak of Mahabharata war, with both sides fighting ferociously and the Battle going on in full swing. Bhishma Pitha the  then Commander –in- Chief  was creating havoc on the Pandavas side. At the request of Duryodhana, Bhishma pledged to kill all the Pandavas the very next day. 

That evening Lord Krishna calls aside Draupadi and asks her to do exactly as he orders. He takes her to Bhishma tent unawares. Just as they both were about to enter Bishma’s tent ,  Lord Krishna notices the sound made by DroupadI’s slippers hence asks her to remove them and give it to Him. Draupadi does so with some hesitation. 

She then enters Bhishma’s tent and before Bhishma could raise his head to see who it was she falls at his feet. Bhishma notices that the person who has fallen at his feet is a women hence blesses her with Sumangali namely that she should die before her husband’s death and that her husband’s should have a long life.

It was only then that Draupadi lifts her head and Bhishma realises the mistake. He is now caught between his promise made to Duryodhana on one hand and his blessings to Draupadi. He asked her who gave her this idea and comes to know that it was verily Lord Krishna who had directed her.

Just then the Lord Krishna walks in. Bhishma realises that it is all Lord’s play and that Dharma will always win.

He  also notices the Lord carrying something in his arm and asks what it was. The Lord replies that it was the slippers of Draupadi.

See how compassionate the Lord is and how protective he is to his devotees.He is ever ready to help and would go to any extent even taking the slippers for those who have full faith in Him, who surrender to Him and those who follow Dharma. He protected the Pandavas as they followed His command and followed Dharma as their very Breadth. Ou

MESSAGE OF THE GITA 

Our Lord out of compassion gave to the whole world the Bhagavad-Gita -the Song Celestial.

The key message is this 

There is Only One GOD-HE IS OMNIPRESENT

 HE IS  in everyone and can be experienced/realised by all in their own hearts. 

To realise HIM we need to develop

LOVE FOR GOD

SEE GOD IN ALL,

CONTROL OUR SENSES

AND FOLLOW DHARMA. 

God bless all

 

 

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