Lord Krishna is one God you can call your friend. Someone you can take liberties and call a prankster, cult-figure, the model lover, divine hero or Supreme Being at the same time. An all-in-one God, he transforms himself as a leader, hero, protector, philosopher, teacher and friend.
In a world where human relationships are getting complicated, joint families breaking up; nuclear families are falling apart, Lord Krishna appears to be the God most in demand.
No wonder every mother in India wants to be Devki or Yashoda and nurse a child like Krishna.
Lord Ram is the ideal son, ideal husband; ideal King and Maryada Purushottam. In contrast, Lord Krishna is a happy-go-lucky God whose colorful experiences in life teach us what to do at difficult crossroads of life.
Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was born in ‘Dwapur Yug’ as the eighth child of Devki and Vasudev. He was brought up by Mata Yashoda and Baba Nand.
His 108 names include Mohan enchanter of women, Gopinath – lord of the gopis, Shyama sundara – meaning dark & beautiful, Govinda—finder of cows and Gopala the protector of cows.
I am the conscience in the heart of all creatures
I am their beginning, their being, their end
I am the mind of the senses,
I am the radiant sun among lights
I am the song in sacred lore,
I am the king of deities
I am the priest of great seers…”
This is how he describes himself, the Supreme Being or the Purna Purushotam.
He was born in prison but promises to liberation from the circle of life and death. Indeed, it’s very difficult to find any another Krishna — the Lord of all Lords!!
Quality # 1: Simplicity
The foremost quality that Lord Krishna stand’s for is his simplicity. The word, “Krishna” itself means “dark complexioned”. He spent his early childhood in Gokul – a ‘cow-village’ in Northern India before moving to Vrindavan. It was his weakness for butter which earned him the nickname“Makhan Chor”. Another aspect of his simplicity was his great friendship with Sudama – a poor Brahmin whom he remembered even as a king.
He was very naughty as a child and is believed to mischievously hide the clothes of Gopis. This is cited as an example of divine Love. Possibly this was another of his ways of sending the message that God is full of Love and only He is worth loving. As he himself said:
“O Uddhava, the Gopis have dedicated their heart & soul to me, snapping for my sake all their physical ties. I sustain those who renounce for my sake all worldly enjoyments and their means. A devotee who has thus surrendered his whole being to Me covets not the position of Brahma, the position of Indra, the position of an Emperor, sovereignty over the nether regions, the eight Siddhis (mystic powers) of Yoga, nay, not even salvation, where there is no return to this world, apart from Me.”
Equally important is what he had to say about this kind of devotees:
“To sanctify myself with the dust of their feet, I constantly follow the footsteps of such devotees. I bow again & again to the sacred feet of these Gopis who are merged & lost in this divine Love of Shri Krishna.”
One more example of his simplicity was how he formed relationships or bonds of love with ordinary human beings. As a son he loved both Devki and Yashoda. He regarded Arjun as a friend. There are hardly any such parallels from the lives of other Avtars including Lord Rama.
(To be continued)