Remembering Lord Krishna’s appearance day
Contd from previous issue
These are God, the soul, the mahattatva, false ego, the five gross elements: ether, air, fire, water and earth; the ten senses : eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin, speech, hands, feet, genitals, and anus; the five subtle objects of perception: sound, touch, form, taste and smell; the mind and the three modes of natures : goodness, passion, and ignorance ( Srimad Bhagavatam: 11.1-3).
Man becomes a slave to the mechanism of nature when he does not recognize his distinction from the self. One should be aware of what he is or what I am. When we subdue our senses, the flame of spirit burns bright and clear like a lamp in a windless place. The self is controlled by intelligence and the light of consciousness is reflected, then we rise above the play of nature (prakriti). Every act of the self is a creative of oneself. The ego, in its self-confinement is a distortion of the true subject. To be a victim of lust is the enemy of man on earth. If one cannot control the passions and impulses, he is more like an animal than a man. Even though, if one is influenced by goodness, when he controls his passions and ignorance he is not entirely free, because goodness binds the one quite as much as passion and ignorance. Only the desires for truth and virtue are nobler. To rise above ego and free from three modes of nature: goodness, passion and ignorance then only, we will be finally freed from bondage of the world. These are all the examples of the great and enlightened devotees. One should perform all act of speech, mind and body by dedicating to the Supreme Lord, with the purification of heart, and action done in the spirit of a sacrifice, and then one ceases to be a source of bondage and he attains perfection even while doing one’s duties.
Action must always be done devotedly and whole heartedly without attachment to the results, all such advice was told by Krishna to His devotee and friend, Arjuna. The celebration of the particular day of the appearance of Lord Krishna as the Janmastami is performed every year when He appeared on earth some 5000 (3000 BC) years ago. Lord Krishna appeared on the eight day of the waning moon on this earth planet.
His appearance on a planet in one of the material universes, is not a one-time event. It is always going somewhere. His transcendental pastimes are like the waves of the Ganges river flowing forever. Brahma the predominating deity of this earth approached the Supreme Lord Vishnu without directly seeing Him to narrate those sorrowful words of Bhumi. Brahma in meditation received a message that the Supreme Lord Krishna will appear on the earth planet to execute His mission of performing the blissful pastimes and that message was broadcasted by Brahma to the demigods.
Lord Krishna appeared exactly similar to His original position of the Supreme God of the universes as the son of Vasudeva and Devaki in the form of baby with four hands Krishna cannot be born like an ordinary child or living entity through the womb of a mother. Krishna has got various names such as Parthasarathi, Vasudeva, Devakinanda, Nanda-nanda, Govind, Lakshipathi, Hari, Sankarshan and many more. He is all attractive possessing six opulences unlimitedly viz; all wealth, all power, all fame, all beauty, all wisdom and all renunciation. Though Krishna lived for 125 years to perform His pastimes on the earth planet some 5000 year ago, His look was always youthful and His complexion is that of the colour of the cloud-bluish and blackish hue. Brahma’s prayers: The Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna has an eternal, blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all, and He has no other origin. He is the cause of all causes.
Krishna the primeval Lord, who is Shyamsundara has inconceivable and innumerable attributes and whom the pure devotees see in their hearts of heart with the eye of devotion tinged with the pulp of love. Lord Krishna manifested the different avatars in the world as Rama, Narasimha, Vamana, Chaitanya etc. as His subjective pastimes. Krishna, the primeval Lord has allotted the respective authorities to the rulers of the graded realms such as 1) Devi-dhama (mundane world) located at the lowest, 2) Mahesh-dhama (abode of Mahesh) and Hari or Krishna’s own realm named Goloka at the top.
(To be contd)