Hi, today is janmashtami – The most beloved festival devoted to Lord Khrishna. Lord Krishna was believed to be born on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapad (August – September), according to the Hindu calendar. He is considered to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. In Sanskrit, the ‘eighth day’ translates to ‘Ashtami’. This is where the word ‘Janmashtami’ comes from. When looking up to a God, we can deduct many aspects depending on how we worship them. A person who is devotee of Krishna will make Krishna everything in his life, fills his life with love, floats in the sea of happiness and eventually attains Moksha. I am not talking about them. Since Krishna has a history, how he behaved, what steps he had taken to achieve certain things will help us to learn many things.
1. Believe in Karma : Krishna’s most popular teaching was the theory of karma. He said believe in yourself and do your Karma(action) and success will follow you automatically. When we think about the outcomes and expect from our actions, we divert some part of out attention there and thus lose concentration. This refrain us from putting our hundred percent efforts and in turn decreases the value of the outcomes.
2. The Purpose of Life is God / Truth : We may run all over the place chasing after sense-objects and be consumed in the world of desires and ego, but the sooner we realize that the only true purpose to life is God, the better chance we have to be free of suffering and torment.
3. Do not weep for the past; do not worry for the future, concentrate on your present life : Lord Krishna always said that this world is being governed by a supreme power and this power is our father, ‘the Almighty’. Krishna asked all to believe in the goodness of the Almighty and believe that whatever happens happen for good. Krishna asked us to move with time and live in the present and act accordingly, there is no point crying over the past and being hopeful over the present as in both the cases we would lose our focus from present.
4. True Meaning of Renunciation : As Krishna explains, that sitting in a cave without any possessions, but nevertheless burning with desire is not renunciation. Being untouched by desire is true renunciation.
5. Desires Come and Go : Desires come and go, but you remain a dispassionate witness, simply watching and enjoying the show.This does not mean you do not act. The Gita is all about Karma Yoga, or the Yoga of Action, and in another chapter I will go into that as well.
6. Monkey Mind Cannot Meditate : Ability to concentrate is a prerequisite for meditation. Concentration is not meditation, meditation is much more than that. But, without being able to apply your mind to the act of steady witnessing and being constantly adrift and absorbed in thoughts, you will not be able to meditate. And without meditation, you will not uncover the Truth. Without Truth, there is no end to suffering.
7. Don’t be a Hypocrite : Lord Krishna always professed empathy and the action and devotion to supreme power. He said if you act for yourself and you think you are being good to others, you are being a hypocrite. Krishna said lying to your soul is being hypocrite and this is when a man starts covering his mistakes. Man should fear God and be truthful in his duties and all the more be truthful to him.
8. Believe in Friendship : The friendship of lord Krishna and Sudama is an example given to us since we were children. Their friendship taught us to value our relationships and to have a selfless love for our friends. It teaches us to love our friends irrespective of their status, caste and creed; it teaches us to help them in their bad times and not to mention the help; it teaches us to watch the back of a friend.
9. Be a Believer : Lord Krishna always asked people to believe, to believe in themselves, to believe in their talents, to believe in the power of analysis and finally to believe in the supreme power. Lord Krishna always professed that one should be a believer as belief brings us confidence, it brings us motivation and also the courage to take risks.
10. Path to Life Long Happiness : Lord Krishna describes, Karma(action) Jnana(Knowledge) and Bhakti (Devotion) as the three fold way to attain Lord and please him. This is sure shot way to achieve happiness and Moksha. Being knowledgeable will help perform the right Karma and not worry about the fruit of the action. Devotion to God helps introspect and remove from the worldly desires. The three paths lead to removal of illusion or maya.