Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Janmashtami: The divine lad of Vrindavan

-By Swetha Amit
Birthdays depict the significance of entry and existence. As we grow older, it is realized that our reason to be born in this world is to fulfill a certain duty after which we depart gracefully from the world of mortals. Celebrations occur with great pomp and joy as each year passes by like a whizzing cloud before we accomplish our main aim. Till then numerous and memorable instances from our childhood to that stage form the exciting pathway to our journey of realization and awakening.

Lord Krishna’s birthday is one such day which is celebrated with love and zest all over the country. ‘Janmashtami’ as it’s known as is the day when the Lord himself decided to descend upon earth in his eighth avatar and on the eighth day of the waning forthnight, for the destruction of evil.

The multiple roles played by Krishna were enough to mystify many. He was perceived as a naughty boy who would steal butter with his mates. On the other hand one would never have imagined such a young lad to hold a mighty mountain with his tiny finger. While he playfully teased the colorfully clad gopis, he would portray his valor by diving into the Yamuna only to emerge with immense pride by dancing on the hood of Kalia-the poisonous serpent.

The exasperation of his mother when he swallowed mud converted into a spellbound shock as she viewed the entire universe captured in his mouth. Uprooting trees and tackling a mad bull indeed proved this young lad to portray a feather to his crown. While his play boy image exhibited his flirty flamboyant charm, his heart’s special beat was devoted solely to Radha, whose love for him went beyond words of description.

His colorful garments described certain revered qualities of him. The peacock feather adorned on the crown symbolizes immense pride. The traces of green depict his eternal serenity and calmness of that of the leaves swaying along with the gentle breeze. Yellow portrayed his pleasant and cheerful self like the ever smiling sunshine. Bits of blended red showed his passion beneath his tranquility towards preaching and determination in slaughtering the vile. A dab of brown showed his unmistakable humility which was proved in his role of a ‘sarathy’. The flute illustrated his musical side which would mesmerize the white herd of cows and the village folk transporting them into a short magical journey.

Lastly the Chakra denotes the weapon carried by him was used to slay many evil personalities. It also symbolizes life’s circle of ups and downs neither of which is permanent.

From being a mischievous lad of Vrindavan to slaying his Uncle Kamsa to the role of a charioteer to Arjun, he emerged with great poise and dignity.

He was also a great teacher and preacher and his words of wisdom are compiled into the ‘Bhagavat Gita’ which is the biggest philosophy of life.

The Gita emphasizes on the ‘law of karma’ which advocates the fact of what goes around comes around. Every act of a human being is rewarded/punished for in an appropriate manner at the right time in an ironically unexpected manner. A feeling of either joy or sorrow caused to another will come around in some other form. In other words, one is solely responsible for the occurrence of high and lows which is based on one's past deeds, in thought or action.

It talks about doing our duty irrespective of what the other person’s stance may be. It also teaches us to stand up for our right. It does not mean making a first move in waging a war. However, if someone attacks our territory and right it accentuates us to fight back and not cow down to the enemy. This is appropriate in every circumstance and situation in our lives.

Propelling us to do well is what our holy book preaches to protect ourselves from our own wrath to enable us to reach a higher plane. The preaching of the ‘Gita’ emphasizes to be blind followers which will prevent us from entering into our own ‘Chakravyu’. In other words, we don’t want to be the cause for our own destruction, do we?

Today we celebrate his birthday as a happy occasion with great splendor and zeal. Breaking pots of buttermilk as a token to his child- like mischievous gestures and enjoying this custom with enthusiasm, one must also remember his wise preaching as we warmly welcome the Lord in our homes.

Written for www.msn.co.in

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