Krishna Janmashtami

While the flavour of the season is Lord Rama and the entire country is currently soaked in his pious and sacred name, today is Krishna Janmashtami and while Lord Rama is having his moment under the sun thanks to laying of foundation of Ramjanmabhoomi Temple, Lord Krishna cannot be ignored, especially on his birth anniversary day.

Actually, while different parts of the country adore different Gods like Vaishnodevi in North, Ganpati in West, Ma Durga in East and Lord Murugan in South, Rama and Krishna are the two pillars of Hindu faith. I am told that Rama on stand-alone basis or as a prefix or suffix is the most popular name, followed probably by Krishna and his several names. While Namaste or Namaskar is our prescribed form of Greeting, I don’t know how many of us greet each other by saying Ram Ram, Jai Shri Ram or Jai Shri Krishna!

Both are incarnations of Lord Vishnu- Rama in treta yug and Krishna in Dwapar yug. Ram’s lifetime is vividly captured in Valmiki’s Ramayana or Tulsi’s Ramcharitamanas, Krishna’s colourful lifetime is resplendently explained in Mahabharat and Bhagvad. Lord Rama is Maryada Purushottam , an ideal man, who can do no wrong and is obedient, respectful, just, fair, straight and truthful, Krishna’s Leela’s are mystic. At times he appears scheming, trickster, naughty, diehard romantic, split personality et al, but there is a deeper hidden meaning in all his leelas.

There are two final thoughts that I would like to share with my readers on the occasion of Janmashtami. The first being a WhatsApp message that I received, which is very contextual. Corona virus tells Lord Krishna, “ I am a small virus but I have put locks at the gates of all your temples. How can people celebrate your birthday?”. Lord replies, “ You have rendered a great service dear Corona. By putting locks on thousands of temples, you have actually established millions of temples in the households of my millions of devotees.” A very beautiful thought! Second thought is what I read somewhere one of these days, where an author while explaining and comparing lives of Rama and Krishna concludes, “ While I want to be like Lord Rama, I like Lord Krishna.” This beautifully captures the essence of the two pillars. We should imbibe the qualities of the perfect man that’s Ram, but we can’t help loving the life, time and leelas of Lord Krishna. That’s what makes Janmashtami so special.

Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare!

20 thoughts on “Krishna Janmashtami

  1. Sir, reading your blogs is adding values to life and enhancing virtues in life, for me. It fetches the reader piety.

    May Lord Kirshna be with us all in this most trying time of life!

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  2. Very nicely written 👍🏻
    🙏🏻🌹Hare Ram Hare Ram
    Ram Ram Hare Hare
    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
    Krishna Krishna Hare Hare 🙏🏻🌹

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  3. Jai Shri Krishna.
    The difference between Rama and Krishna also lies in the fact that Krishna provided us with the Gita, which beautifully encases the Upanishads – the principles of vedas, in his own words.

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  4. Sir, you have rightly said tow pillar of Bharat Ram and Krishna and being Sanatan Dharma followers, we have to keep on faith Ram and Krishna.

    Sir Ji, aapko bhi Krishna Janmashtami ki hardik shubhechha!

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  5. Jai Shri Krishna and Ram Ram Sir, This blog is beautifully composed as if it is written for all of us and is reflection of our thoughts; this definitely show how Writer connects well with readers; and such article leaves pleasant feeling.

    Elderly are dogmatic towards Lord Ram looking to HIS polite utterance and usage of words for Elders,Guru, Parents and He was courteous to all whosoever met HIM , at times HIMSELF learned to take action against wrong doers.

    However in present times, Principles and Geeta Gyan by Shri Krishna are more useful and relevant.

    Though both incarnations display demeanour which have their importance in our character, however Lord Krishna preaching convey to remain unmoved in tough and favorable times.

    Happy Janmastmi to you and all readers here.

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  6. Sir,
    The blog is very nicely written. In fact both Rama and Krishna are ‘Avatar ‘ of God himself. Both Rama and Krishna enlighten us to lead a quality life in different situations of life as also to contribute for welfare of society the progress of which depends upon those who constitute it.
    Happy Janmastmi to you and all readers.

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  7. Great to read this, sir, as always, you have articulated it very well, exhibiting the deep route connection with our culture. I have to borrow this link from Sanjay Pathak to read your blog, probably you forgot to send on my whatsapp.

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