Thursday, August 25, 2016

Happy Janma-Ashtmi to All

Janma-Ashtami is celebrated by millions of people all over the world as the birthday of Lord Krishna. He came on this earth about five thousand years ago; who touched the lives of billions of people and ruled their hearts. Multitude of people have been taking directions from His life and His teachings in the form of Bhagavad-Gita to find the Truth and solace in their own lives. 

Bhagvad Gita, which is a part of the Shanti-Parva of Mahabharata, is not only a Holy Scripture that teaches the ways of spirituality, it also teaches the ways to live a practical, just and balanced life -without any prejudices whatsoever. 

Krishna is a symbol, an icon, not a myth. 

Even the details of his birth have great symbolic meanings. 

Krishna was born in the darkness - according to the Indian calendar - during the eighth night of Krishna-Paksha, the second half of the month when the nights were becoming darker and darker, the moon was going down; losing its shine.
He was born in the locked confines of a jail.

However, according to the Bhaagavatam, at the moment of his birth, all the guards fell asleep, the chains were broken and the locked doors gently opened by themselves.

Similarly, when the moon, the symbol of life, is going down, losing its charm and purpose, and the mind is filled with the darkness of ignorance - if Krishna - the symbol of Chetana (Awareness) takes birth in our minds, then all darkness fades away.

All chains of Ego and false attachments; I, Me and Mine are broken.

All prison doors of the acquired beliefs and concepts that keep us confined in, are opened immediately and we can freely move forward on our spiritual journey.

Celebrating Janmaashtmi means understanding and bringing Krishna’s teachings into our life - without which, it would be just a social, cultural fun-fair with no real meaning.  

Lord Krishna was not just a human being in flesh and body who lived about five thousand years ago in India. He was a symbol of Truth and Reality. 

“Avyaktam vyaktimaapanum Manyate maamabudhayah
param Bhaavam-ajaananto mum-avyayam-anuttamum” 
                                                                   (Bhagavad Gita 7:24)
“Moodho-Ayam Naabhijaanati Loko Maam-ajamavayayam”
                                                                   (Bhagavad Gita 7:25)

“Ignorant people, without realizing the nature of my real being (the Param-aatman), think of me as a mortal human being (by looking at the body only) 
                                                        (Bhagavad Gita 7:24)

“Without the ‘light of Gyana’, with the veil of ignorance covering their minds, they do not see my reality. 
The ignorant do not recognize that I am beyond the birth and death”       
                                                                    (Bhagavad Gita 7:25)

Let us all strive to understand the ‘Truth’

                      ‘Rajan Sachdeva’ 

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