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Spiritual Experiences with Lord Krishna and the Festival of Janamasthami

An Air Warrior and devotee of Lord Krishna has published over 100 short stories and 10 books on fiction and 4 on military history.

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Introduction

Lord Krishna is recognized as the eighth incarnate of Lord Vishnu in Eastern philosophy. He is more popularly known as Krishna. Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna which is celebrated with great fervor and zeal in India and among Hindus all over the world. If we go by the Hindu calendar, this important day falls on the Ashtami or eighth day of the Krishna Paksha or the dark fortnight of Bhadon month.

We all have known from the Mahabharata that the birth of Lord Krishna happened to kill the demon Kansa who happens to be his maternal uncle. Whenever there is some imbalance in the universe regarding peace and prosperity, it is said that Lord Vishnu comes to save humanity from the hands of demons and goons. He came to earth as his 8th Avatar in the form of the Lord.

Historians and scholars say that Lord Krishna took birth in a cellular jail in Dwapar Yug biologically to Vasudeva and Devaki. But Vasudeva had to cross the Yamuna River in a stormy night to pass on his child to a friend to save the child from the evil hands of Kansa. So, technically, Maiya Yashodha and Nanda of Gokul region of Mathura were the foster parents of Lord Krishna.

Lord Krishna was a wonder child and his skills were noticed. since childhood. The people realized that he was a child prodigy with supernatural powers and began to worship him.

This festival initially originated in Gokul and slowly engulfed the Mathura region and later on the whole Uttar Pradesh state. And now even after 4000 years, the whole country celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna as he is the epitome of everything good.

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One aspect of the Lords Philosophy.

The philosophy and the teachings of the Lord encompass all aspects of human life from birth to death. I will however discuss one aspect of his philosophies of life given to this world and that is love with all its manifestation. His philosophy of love covers every form of love such as his love for his Mother Yashoda, his foster mother. His love for his brother Balram as well as his love for Gopies ( female cowherds or milkmaids). This took the form of romantic love. He also had a divine form of love which has been elucidated by Bhagwan Osho.

This divine form of love was between Lord Krishna and Radha. Love is an emotional and mental state, that ranges from deepest interpersonal affection to simple pleasure. Most commonly love refers to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment. Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of the most common themes in the creative arts.

Lord Krishna showed love in its purest form to the world. He is the only person in the history of human consciousness who brought forth the poetry of life with music and dance. Lord Krishna is adored in three different ways Vatsalya bhava, Madhura bhava, and Sakhya bhava.

What is Madhura bhava? for my western readers, I will explain. The Madhura bhava means to love without restraint. Madhura is related to the psychology of anubhava (or experience). Radha is part of Madhura bhava,

The next is Vatsalya Bhave. in this form of love the devotee looks upon God as his/her child. Yashoda and Nanda worshipped him in Vatsalya bhava.

The last is Sakhya bhava. This addresses God as one’s best and most intimate friend. The devotee is almost on equal terms with the Divine. It is a more intimate relationship where God may be both loved and feared. Sakhya bhava comes from the realization that God is one’s best friend. The cowgirls or milkmaids with sincerity and loving heart adored him in Sakhya bhava as a friend.

In Madhura bhava, the bhakta regards God as her sweetheart and lover. It is sometimes regarded as the highest form of devotion. Let me remind readers that the poetry of John Dunne, one of the greatest English poets is entirely based on the concept of Lord Krishna's love.

Osho has analyzed Krishna's life and his philosophy. An interpretation of Love with the Lord means that violence and hatred are destroyed and Love is the spirit that binds us together. A partner in love is a sacred mirror and creates bridges where it would seem an abyss of unknown depth exists.

As per Bhagwad Gita, the path of Bhakti yoga is strewn with help from spirits and others. Lord Krishna in Chapters 7-12 of Gita teaches the path of devotion and love, bhakti-yoga. This path is commonly associated with those who express themselves through music, poetry, dance, and other fine arts. It is synonymous with meditation and a life devoted to God.

The path of bhakti-yoga unfolds spontaneously. Lord Krishna says that I am the same to all beings and my love is ever the same for all. Those who worship me with devotion, are in me and I am in them.

Love is the essence of existence. It must be selfless and in turn, will make the person creative and society likes such person a lot.


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He is omnipotent

The Lord is omnipotent and that is one of the reasons we celebrate Janamasthami as it is a recognition of a man who in all aspects was the avatar of Lord VISHNU. The birth of Krishna is in itself a transcendental phenomenon that generates awe among the Hindus and overwhelms one and all with its supra mundane happenings. Mother Earth, unable to bear the burden of sins committed by evil men, appealed to Brahma, the Creator for help. Brahma prayed to the Supreme Lord Vishnu, who assured him that he would soon be born on earth to annihilate tyrannical forces.

Generally, it has been recognized that Gautam Buddha, the founder of the Buddhist faith is the ninth incarnate of Lord Vishnu. Literally, it means he was incarnate of Lord Krishna, who was the 8th avatar. Even among Jains, there are fond references to Lord Krishna as well as in the Dasam Granth of Guru Gobind Singh of the Sikhs.

He is a God who encompasses the beliefs of 2 billion people. In the west also now the Hare Krishna movement has picked up momentum and many people are realizing the power of the Lord. The essence of the Lord's teachings is that he not only creates everything but also decides the future. This is not to be taken in the literal sense but at every stage, if you have faith in the Lord you will realize that he is with you. I have had numerous experiences of this in my life. Even when I went into combat as well as my encounter in the tea stall in the Western Ghats. This was because the Lord willed it. Jai Shree Krishna.

Comments

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on August 29, 2021:

Tom, two occasions but not the place to discuss, will do so in a separate article. Thanks , you are one of my ardent commentators.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on August 29, 2021:

Thanks Peggy, so nice you commented.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on August 29, 2021:

Dreamer Meg, so sweet that you spared time and commented.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on August 29, 2021:

Dreamer Meg, so sweet that you spared time and commented.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on August 29, 2021:

Thank you Vidya, nice you comented

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 29, 2021:

A very interesting and informative article on the spiritual essence of Janmashtami. You have elucidated the life and philosophy of Lord Krishna very nicely. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2021:

Thank you for enlightening me about a faith that millions of people follow. We certainly need more love in our world!

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on August 29, 2021:

A very interesting article. You put a lot of this information into many of your stories. Maybe that is why they are so attractive.

tom on August 29, 2021:

what was your combat experience

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on August 29, 2021:

Pamela, thank you so much for your comment.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on August 29, 2021:

Bill, thank you so much for sparing time and commenting.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 29, 2021:

This is a very informative and intersting article, MG. I really didn't know very much about the Buddhist faith. This is an educational article to me. Thanks for this information.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 29, 2021:

As always, the opportunity to learn about another culture is greatly appreciated. Thank you for today's lesson, my friend.

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