Are you down for another thrilling Hindu tradition, storytelling? In this post, we will be discussing Krishna’s story, history, facts, and myths!
As we all know, the Hindu tradition is one of the most exciting and best cultures we have in history. Some of today’s approaches are influenced by the earliest Hindu practices, such as the ever-therapeutic exercise form, the yoga
And also, Hindu tradition is irrelevant without their divinities and beliefs.
So today, let’s get to know another chronicle of Hindu divinities— Krishna, the god.
Rich History, Facts & Myths of Krisha, the god
Krishna is also known as Sri or Shri Krishna. He is the principal character of the famous Bhagavad Gita. Most Hindus believe that Krishna is the reincarnation of Vishnu, whose primary goal is to protect the weak and the destruction of the ungodly.
Amid the battle of Kurukshetra, Krishna offered Arjuna the privilege of the constant spiritual practice of the Bhagavad Gita. Wherein Krishna introduced the spiritual path of discrimination, wisdom, and best of all, devotion.
Krishna is also responsible for the devotional practice of bhakti-yoga, who was with Radha and many Gopis in Vrindavan.
Also read: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva
In the opening section of Bhagavad Gita:
“Whenever, O descendant of Bharata, righteousness declines and unrighteousness prevails. I manifest Myself. For the protection of the righteous and the destruction of the wicked, and for the establishment of religion, I come into being from age to age.”
Krishna was born in the northern lands of India, roughly around 3,228 BCE. The Puranas or “of ancient times” highlighted Krishna’s life to mark the death of the Dvapara age and the cross over into the present age.
In the moments where his devoted parents Devaki and Vasudeva, gave birth to him; they were imprisoned helplessly. At the very same time, Krishna’s life is in jeopardy as the tyrant leader Kamsa orders to kill him.
Before ago, it has been predicted that Devaki’s eighth-offspring would end Kamsa. Since Krishna was the eighth child, he was cordoned straight to prison and was raised by his foster parents Nanda and Yashoda, in Gokula.
Nanda’s lifestyle is simple, and they are peacefully living in their local cattle-herding community. The life there is quiet and pleasant. The young Krishna is famously described in these moments as being a troublesome child because of his constant foolishness of pulling pranks and having fun.
But for some, Krishna is the epitome of the child of innocence.
Even so, amid in his young years, Krishna reportedly to have slaughtered demons, the whirlwind demon called Trinavarta and Putana, who attacks defenseless infants.
He is also believed to have carried a nearby mountain— mount Govardhana to protect the innocent settlers against Indra’s wicked displacement.
Krishna in Vrindavan
In his early life, Krishna is often portrayed as playing his favorite flute for his beloved gopis, also known as his female devotees. His best-loved gopi(s) was Radha.
This phase in his life was crucial in the growth of Hindu bhakti devotional practice. This bhakti practice holds distinct importance in the lives of the reincarnations-to-be like Chaitanya and Ramakrishna.
As stated earlier in this post, Krishna taught several paths and primarily done to reach the state of self-fulfillment, but devotion is the most straightforward path.
In Hindu Spirituality books; chapter 4, verse 11:
“However, men try to reach me, I return their love with my love; whatever path they may travel, it leads to me in the end.”
Krishna and Bhagavad Gita
On his way to Mathura, Krishna ended Kamsa— after Kamsa tirelessly attempted to end Krishna’s life.
There, in Mathura, he met Arjuna, the current Pandava ruler. Not too long, Krishna became one of his counsels and faithful allies.
In the Kurukshetra conflict, there was a battle ignited between the Pandavas and Kauravas (headed by king Dhritarashtra). Regardless of the invasion of Kauravas, Krishna managed to meditate to avoid the said conflict.
He humbly requested the conquerors to give the Pandavas just a small parcel of land.
But king Dhritarashtra refused and shut any trade-offs. Until then, the war became more problematic, and in the heart of the situation, Krishna offered an option to his faithful friend Arjuna. Either he could take Krishna himself, or he could take Khrisna’s robust armies, and that would be sure-win to the ongoing battle.
However, Arjuna sincerely took the counsel of Krishna rather than his armies.
It was in the middle of the battlefield on Kurukshetra that Krishna gave the constant dialogue of Bhagavad Gita, which was the interpretation of Krishna’s yoga practice and how to reach the state of union with god.
Uniquely, the Bhagavad Gita and the life of Krishna became a pillar for transforming commoners into purposive life they deserve. The main message of Krishna’s personality is to take part in passionless acts— driven not by human ego, but for the godly purpose.
In Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2, Verse 47:
“You are only entitled to the action, never to its fruits. Do not let the fruits of action be your motive, but do not attach yourself to nonaction.”
Throughout the battle, Krishna intervened from time to time to help Arjuna and the rest of the Pandavas. Krishna also motivated them by stating— his love is worth giving for his faithful disciples than to acknowledge the infamous human morality.
Krishna also showed his universal form to Arjuna— manifesting Arjuna’s spiritual fulfillment.
After that, Arjuna became a full-pledge disciple of Krishna, rather than his faithful friend and a mere counselor.
Krishna symbolized both the human and divine aspects. As a reincarnation, he played a social role and a fully realized soul with god. Throughout his lifetime, many recognized Khrisna’s spirituality.
All in all, Krishna took eight wives and had numerous sons. However, it appears that his sons became utterly different from him; arrogant and ungodly.
It is also believed, Krishna took thousands of women whom he had rescued from Narakasura‘s kingdom after ending Narakasura. This only explains how great Krishna’s empathy for the unfortunate victims from the horrors of society and the old customs.
After that, the conflict of Kurukshetra, Krishna, offered his deepest condolences to the families who are affected, particularly to Gandhari.
Despite the respectful gesture, Gandhari ill-fated Krishna because she believed that he could have stopped the battle and save innocent lives. Gandhara cursed Krishna that he would die the next 36 years, along with the people from the Yadu regime.
Krishna accepted the curse wholeheartedly because his sons had become ungodly and disoriented, and he knew his mission was coming to an end.
Krishna at Dwarka
In his old age, Krishna retired to Dwarka, where he lived peacefully for so many years. According to some legend, Krishna died due to an arrow shot through his ankle by a hunter, who accidentally mistook Krishna for a wild deer. His ankle part was one of the few are of weaknesses in Krishna’s body. He accepted death peacefully, acknowledging his time on earth has come to an end.
The unique representation of Krishna is one of the reasons why at-present he is well-known. His skin type may be portrayed as black or, in some illustration, even darker, particularly in his embodiments or murtis.
In today’s images, such as the modern pictorial portrayal, Krishna’s skin is royal blue or ordinary blue.
Moreover, Krishna is commonly shown wearing on a yellow silk dhoti, the national or ethnic costume for men in the Indian subcontinent. He is also wearing a peacock-like feather crown.
Typical portraits of Krishna is a little boy or a young adult in a lotus pose, playing his all-time favorite instrument, the flute.
In this state, he usually stands with one leg bent in front of the other with his flute raised to his lips, in the Tribunga posture, with cattle surrounds him, highlighting his role as the divine herdsman, Govinda, with his gopis.
Krishna’s Story and Its Impact On Pop Culture
Krishna is the god of love, empathy, dance, and music. With that, Krishna has been part of the arts in Hindu tradition since its advents. From his birth to adulthood, Krishna’s story, also known as Ras and Leela, it has many versions of classical Indian drama, and some India’s traditional dances commemorate Khrisna’s rich history.
The day when Krishna was born is called Janmashtami that appears to be the most famous holiday in Hinduism today. Typically held between August or September, it all goes down on the date that falls on the Hindu lunisolar ephemeris.
In the festival, the faithful devotees initiate a sincere prayer, fasting, singing, and some hold reception to celebrate Krishna’s birth.
However, in the Western region, Krishna’s followers are often related to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, founded in the New Yor City in the 1960s.
Later on, the organization became known as the Hare Krishna Movement, and its chanting devotees could often be seen at parks and other public places today. Musician George Harrison incorporated some sections of the Hare Krishna chant in his 1971 hit song “My Sweet Lord.”
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