“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering, like the flame of lamp in a windless place”.
Those were the words spoken by the almighty, the omnipresent, mentor and charioteer of Arjuna during the war , the beloved of all Gopis- Lord Krishna. A child that was born in prison of Mathura and was brought to Gokul to save him from his maternal uncle-Kansa grew up to kill him. He, during his stay in Vrindavan killed many asuras, one of them being Putana who was killed by him in his infancy. There was a time when people weren’t able to bear the atrocities of evil kings and rulers. So to put an end to those atrocities, Lord Vishnu’s eighth avatar was born- Lord Krishna. He was the son of Vasudeva and Devaki- sister of Kansa but as Kansa had vowed to kill all the sons of Devaki, Vasudeva decided to send their eighth son to Gokul. He was the one who delivered some verses from Shrimad Bhagvad Gita to Arjuna when he was reluctant to kill his own kin. He was the one who guided him in the entire war by being his charioteer. He was the one who killed Shishupal after forgiving him for committing hundred sins. He was perhaps the only one who could save Pandavas from Shakuni’s treachery.
“Yada Yada hi Dharmasya glanih bhavati bharata,
Abhyutthanam adharmsya, tadatmanam srijanyaham,
Pavitranya sadhuna, Vinashyacha dishkritam,
Dhrama sanstha pananththaya sambhavami yugeyuge.”
which means whenever there is putrefication(decrease) of righteousness, and exaltation of unrighteousness, he will come forth to protect the good, destroy the devils and to re-establish righteousness. Whenever virtue subsides and wickedness prevails, he will come forth to establish virtue, to destroy evil and to save the righteousness till generations.
His wisdom, intellect, humor and charm was incredible. He told Dhroncharya during the war of Mahabharata that he was blinded by the love of his son Ashwathama which made him commit lot of sins and told him that the only way to atone himself was to accept his defeat by letting Drishtidhuyman kill him. He told Bhishmapitamah that he had binded himself with vows that lead to massive destruction and loss and the only the way to atone himself was to sacrifice his life. He told Bhishma that life that is governed by principles that lead to destruction and loss is not worthy. He even told him that his sacrifices, his wisdom, his teachings were worth appreciating and will inspire the upcoming generations.
“Do not be afraid of something that is superficial, something that never existed, never was and never will be because, the things that are real, will exist and won’t be destroyed”. He told these lines to his friend Arjuna in the battlefield. He said nothing in this world is permanent except his soul which is transient which after his death will be transferred into someone else’s body and this is also going to happen to all his loved ones including his mentor -Dhronacharya, his grandfather-Bhishma and all his brothers after their death. He advised him to not get attached to anyone because acccording to him if you truly love someone you should learn to set them free and just pray for their wellbeing and happiness. He told him that birth and death are mere illusions. He was the one who had trained his nephew Abhimanyu who fought with almost seven warriors one of them being his uncle and one of the greatest archers of the mankind- Karna. Abhimanyu is touted to be one of the youngest, wisest and perhaps one of the best archers in the history of mankind. There have been very few who have rejoiced in both the situations-life and death and one of them was Lord Krishna. Besides, Arjuna his wife Draupadi was also a friend of the almighty. He told her that the only way to be happy and contented is to forgive people, because she won’t be able to remain happy if she decides to take revenge.
Besides this phase, he had spent his entire childhood in Vrindavan where he had challenged Lord Indra during the Goverdhan puja by lifting the Govardhan mountain with his little finger. He had defeated Kaliya Naga who used to kill people whenever they use to come to fill water or have a bath in Yamuna River. He was very notorious but was still loved by the all the villagers because he and his elder brother Balrama used to save the villagers from every problem. He then had to leave Vrindavan as he had vowed to kill his maternal uncle-Kansa. After that went to Dwarka where he, Balrama and their younger sister Subhadra lived. It is believed that he had 16,108 wives out of which 16,000 were the ones who he had rescued by defeating NarkaSura. The ladies were captured by Narkasura and when Lord Krishna rescued them there families refused to accept them so the almighty decided to marry all of them just to save their reputation. A lot of excerpts from his life are inspirational right from his childhood till his death. He was those few who even rejoice while facing death as for him both life and death were mere illusions. Everyone should read more about his life and if not imbibe whatever they have learned from him while watching Mahabharata or any sort of feature film that was based on his life or he had a major role to play in.
Jay Shree Krishna.