“Krishna Janmashtami is the day when Lord Krishna, Embodiment of Love, Peace and Joy (Anandam) incarnated in human form on the Earth.”
Lord Krishna is one of the most loved and revered Gods in the Hindu religion. Based on the number of skills Lord Krishna is regarded as the Supreme Personality of God (Solah Kala Sampoorna and Poorna Purushottam).
Based on the lunar calendar, this year Krishna Janmashtami (Birthday of Krishna) is on August 22, 2011. It is celebrated at midnight, on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September) by observing the fast and chanting devotional bhajans and kirtan until past midnight.
Many people continue to worship Lord Krishna, observe fast and chant devotional kirtan and bhajans well into the daytime.
Lord Krishna was a master flute player, butter eater, giver of pleasure to cows, and an accomplished charioteer. He acted as a teacher, protector, friend, and guide charioteer of Arjuna.
He taught the Timeless Wisdom of Ultimate Truth, “The Bhagavad Gita” to his friend Arjuna during the war (fought in Kurukshetra between Pandavas and Kauravas). Literally, the meaning of Bhagavad Gita is “Song of God.” Lord Krishna’s divine message to Arjuna (when he was confused about his Dharma/duty) on the battlefield was to “Stand up, Follow your Dharma and Perform your duty righteously! This is the way to Ultimate Liberation (Moksha).”
The Holy book, “Bhagavad Gita” is a spiritual guide for righteous living with love and compassion in daily life. It unveils our ignorance and darkness and leads us to eternal light, happiness and peace.
At this Krishna Janmashtami, we must remember that Lord Krishna incarnated FOR US. He incarnated to remove our veil of ignorance and darkness.
Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, “Whenever and wherever there is a decline of Righteousness and a rise of unrighteousness, O Arjuna, then I manifest Myself (Incarnate). For the protection of the virtuous, for destruction of the wicked, and for re-establishment of Righteousness (Dharma), I appear from time to time. (4.07-08)”
Lord Krishna’s message in the Bhagavad Gita is not meant merely for those who lived 5000 years ago. Rather, His divine message is timeless as is His presence and grace for all.
On this beautiful divine day of Janmashtamiit is our duty to LORD KRISHNA to take His divine message to our heart and let it uplift, inspire and transform us. Let us not just offer to Him our puja and our aarti, but meditate and pray to Him for world peace and bringing eternal happiness to all.
“Let us pray to LORD KRISHNA”
O’ Lord please lead me from untruth to truth
~~Happy Janmashtami to you and your family~~
The Path to Anandam Team