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Tuesday, Jul 17 2018  

KRISHNA JAYANTHI - 18 AUGUST 2003


My humble pranams at the Lotus Feet of Swami.

“The avathar behaves in a human way so that mankind can feel kinship, but he rises to super human heights so that mankind can aspire to those heights”

Sai Ram Brothers and Sisters

Today, I would like to share with all of you, the significance of Krishna Jayanthi. Krishna Jayanthi is the celebration of Lord Krishna’s birth and will be celebrated on 20th of August 03.

On this day, Sweets and other savories are specially offered to Lord Krishna. Eatables loved by Lord Krishna such as those of milk and curds, mukkur are prepared and I am sure seeing his devotees finding happiness in preparing food for him, makes our Lord Krishna very happy

But what would make him happier is for his devotees to live and practice the important lessons behind his birth and life. Thus let me share with you the story of the divine drama that the Lord played prior to his birth.

King Kansa was a tyrannical monarch. He had a beautiful sister name Devaki. On the wedding day of Devaki, King Kansa heard a voice from the dark clouds telling him that the eighth child of Devaki will kill him. King Kansa was very angry and was about to kill Devaki. Vasudeva, the husband of Devaki, then intervened and pleaded to King Kansa not to kill his wife. He told Kansa that his life will be in danger only due to Devaki’s child but not Devaki herself.. Therefore he pleaded to Kansa to spare Devaki and promised Kansa that he will hand him all the babies that would be born to Devaki.

On the birth of the 1st child Vasudeva handed the baby over to Kansa. Kansa killed the baby and imprisoned the couple. When the eighth child was about to be born, Vasudeva and Devaki were living in tremendous fear. It was then that Lord Krishna came in their dream and told them to bring the baby who was none other than Lord Krishna himself to Nanda, a friend of Vasudeva. He asked Vasudeva to pass the divine baby to Nanda and in exchange to take Nanda’s new born daughter. With that scene, the dream ended.

When Vasudeva and Devaki woke up they saw a beautiful baby. With Divine Grace, Vasudeva was able to break the chain on his legs and push open the locked metal doors. He then proceeded to Nanda’s residence in Gokula and exchanged the babies. Early in the morning, all the people at Gokula came to know that a beautiful male child, a prince had been born the previous night at midnight to Nanda’s wife, Yasoda and their simple hearts were filled with unbounded joy.

Thus from birth itself, Lord Krishna brought joy to all. But how did this baby born in a prison bring so much joy?. What were his possessions? Nothing. Did he own any expensive material possessions? No! He didn’t. But still he became the greatest figure in all the 3 worlds. What does this show? Worldly possessions are not the secret of greatness. Instead, Krishna’s greatness consisted in his permanent state of bliss (Anandha).

Thus let us follow our Lord Krishna’s example of bliss and :

“ Be Happy, Make others Happy, God will be Happy”

Jai Sai Ram

Bro Stanley
Young Adult


 

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