Krishna ~ The God Of Fun & Enlightenment

Updated : Sep 04, 2019 in Articles

Krishna ~ The God Of Fun & Enlightenment


Krishna’s Birthday will be celebrated on
August 25th. I don’t recall if I have done any video
on Krishna. If I had done any, maybe something very sketchy. I plan to do something probably for this upcoming
Krishna’s Birthday. If I don’t do it, because I don’t do things
by planning it ahead, I live the moment and if the energy is right, then I will do it. But this energy seems to be right at least
for now, to give an intro to a Krishna Program that I have in mind. First of all is there a Krishna, or was there
a Krishna? What is the relevance of him and celebrating
his birthday? It’s a complicated question, but it needs
to be addressed. Is Krishna a historical figure, or a mythological
figure? Or was it maybe he never lived and it was
all conjured up by other people? There are all kinds of questions that come
to the mind of people. Now, for those believers in Krishna, he is
real, he is a God. And he will be able to communicate with you
if you trust him, not believe in him, but trust him. And this is true of the Buddha or Jesus or
any particular deity. The deity comes alive dependent on the faith
the one person has. And if you take away the faith, then the person
or the God is no more a real to you. So the faith makes
things belonging to the spiritual domain to come alive. And faith is a matter of the heart, not of
the head, because the head asks all these questions, “Is it real or unreal? I don’t know.” So, if you approach this Krishna’s Birthday
with utmost faith, there is a lot that you will benefit from. You have to bring in the heart. And you are all familiar with Prabhupada. When he was very old he travelled to the United
States. He had a couple of heart attacks. He did not have the money to fly so he was
using a ship. And in the ship it took a long, two months
to get there or more. And he had heart attacks, a couple of heart
attacks while he was in the ship. But his faith in Krishna was immense. “Well, he’s sending me for some reason,
and if he wants to kill me, let him kill me.” But he survived and created a worldwide movement
called, ISKCON, International Krishna Consciousness Society. So, since I’m talking about Prabhupada,
it doesn’t mean I am in agreement with his interpretation of Krishna. His presentation of Krishna was that he was
a God, of course. But he put a lot of emphasis on renunciation,
but that is only a one-sided representation of Krishna. But there is another side of Krishna, which
is the Krishna of Bhagavatam, which is where Krishna is presented as a ‘party God.’ He partied a lot. He partied with the Gopikas. The Krishna that Prabhupada presented is more
on a sober religious teacher, who is more austere, and into, not into materialism at
all. So Krishna is both a material God as well
as a spiritual God. And we should not really separate materialism
from spirituality. Krishna can give you whatever you want dependent
on how you perceive him. If you perceive him as one who is against
materialism and going to give you enlightenment, then he will do that. And if you perceive him as a ‘Party God,’
then he will give you that as well. So during this Birthday of Krishna, what I
have recommended to AstroVed is to go and give equal importance to both the materialistic
Krishna as well as the aesthetic Krishna. And those of you who want to participate in
celebrating his birthday, I recommend that you may want to follow the 200% life — 100%
material and 100% spiritual. But those of you who have enough money and
then you just want only enlightenment, you can pray to him for that too. And for those of you who want to just take
care of material life, you can do that too. So the programs, you know, the offerings,
will be geared to your needs. So make sure that I want offerings just to
improve my material life or my spiritual life or both. So that’s my message and I may do some program
on that day. And if I do that, then I will talk more about
it. You know if I have to talk about Krishna,
I can go on and talk about him for hours and hours together. But the most important thing is the prayer
because there’s the prayer that matters. I just want to mention one thing. The Bhagavad Gita is more, the Krishna represented
in the Bhagavad Gita is more a guide, a teacher of spirituality and enlightenment, but even
there, there is a reference in Chapter 3, Karma Yoga, he recommends Fire Rituals for
an affluent life. He says if you want
abundant material things, go and perform Fire Rituals for certain Gods and they will come
and give you whatever you want. And he also says there is a mutual one on
one reciprocated relationship between human beings and the Gods in Heaven. If you take care of them, they will take care
of you. “Parasparum Bhavam Te.” It’s Parasparam — mutual. So the Bhagavad Gita, considered to be a philosophical
text, also has reference to Krishna’s recommendation for an affluent material life. God Bless.

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