the Lord does not simply incarnate, give wisdom and
depart. No. His divine light, His divine message and
His divine grace continue to shine, on and on, upon
all future generations. His wisdom is such that, once
given, it is timeless and eternal, infinite and
universal. Lord Krishna�s message in the Gita, and
the message of His entire life are not meant merely
for those who lived 5000 years, in the lands of
Mathura, Vrindavan, Kurukshetra and Dwarka
Rather, the messages are as timeless as His
presence and grace.
this time, as we celebrate the divine occasion of the
anniversary of the date He came forth into this world
in human form, we must ask ourselves, �why?� What
was the message of Lord Krishna�s life? What
darkness did He come to dispel? In what ocean of
ignorance are we drowning, that He has come to save
Indians, and now many Westerners as well, are familiar
with the Gita. We know that Lord Krishna�s verbal
message to Arjun on the battlefield was �Stand up.
Do your duty.�
we tend to forget that there are also
invaluable lessons and divine teachings
embedded in the very life He lived, not only in His
108-verse Song of God. What are these messages of Lord
Krishna�s life, and how do they apply to us today?
Let us look at His life, chronologically, for these
from the Birth of Lord Krishna
Krishna was born in the darkness of night, born into
the locked confines of a jail cell where His mother
and father were being held prisoner. However, at the
moment of His birth, all the guards fell asleep, the
chains were broken, and the barred doors gently
is a beautiful message here, even from the first
moment of the Lord�s life: we may be living in the
darkness of midnight; we may be bound and chained by
so many attachments, temptations, angers, grudges,
pains and by the binding force of maya. We may feel
ourselves locked into the prison of our own bodies,
the prison of duality. However, as soon as the Lord
takes birth in our hearts, all darkness fades, all
chains are broken and all prison doors open freely.
Wherever the Lord is, there are no locks.
we can see that the door to the Lord � from any
direction, inside or outside � is always open. The
only lock is the lock of our own ignorance, our own
illusions. As soon as that ignorance is dispelled, as
soon as we see His glowing form, all the doors in this
life and in all lives open to us.
Childhood of the Lord
with His birth in a jail and the immediate rush to
whisk Him away to a new family, across the river, in
Gokul, the Lord was not given an �easy� childhood.
the sixth day of the Lord�s life, Putna (the
demoness) made Him drink poison from her breast. In
His third month of life a bullock cart fell on Him.
Then, when He was four, huge trees fell on Him.
seven, He was in Govardhan. The people of Govardhan
worshipped Lord Indra, singing his praises and making
daily offerings to him. However, Lord Krishna
admonished them and said that they should worship Lord
Govardhan instead, since it was Govardhan who gave
them land, water, grass for their cows. Yet, the
people were afraid. Lord Indra threatened to wreak
havoc upon their lives if they ceased his worship. As
Lord Indra pummeled the beautiful land of Govardhan
with rain, hail, thunder and lightening, the Lord �
at the age of seven � had to hold up the mountain of
Govardhan over the heads of the people, protecting
them from the violent storm. However, as He held up
this mountain on the tip of His finger, for days and
days as Lord Indra grew more and more furious, we
never see Him angry, nor frustrated, nor disheartened.
No. He is always smiling, even in the midst of the
few short years later, He is forced to kill His uncle,
and before the age of twenty, He had to flee His home
in Mathura, barefoot to Junagar, with nothing but a
small pitambar. For years, then, this King of all
Kings lived in a simple ashram, doing seva for the
saints, with no facilities, no amenities. He had no
coat for winter, no umbrella for the rains�
wherever He went, wherever He was, He was always
blissful, always joyful, always shining His divine
light upon others.
on the other hand, get stuck in one traffic jam and
our days are ruined. We have one business failure and
we feel dejected and broken. We become afflicted with
disease and we lose our faith in God.
Message of His Life
what is the Lord teaching us? If He chose His birth
and He chose the course of His life on Earth, why did
He choose a life full of obstacles, turmoil, trials
and tribulations? Why, if He could have lived His
entire life as a king, why did He spend so many years
living in the jungle?
did this to show us that the real palace is the palace
of our heart � when the heart is full of God, then
we live constantly in the most beautiful Golden
Palace, regardless of where our bodies may be. He
chose this life to teach us that regardless of what
insults are hurled at us, or what obstacles we face,
we must remain immersed in Divine Connection
and we will not become depressed or frustrated. His
life teaches us that we cannot change what happens �
it happens for various reasons � but we CAN change
our reaction to it. The message of His life is
�adapt and adjust.� Move forward. We cannot stop
the wind from blowing, but we can change the direction
of our sails, so that instead of capsizing our boat,
we use the wind to take us to our destination.
in Lord Krishna�s death � shot to death by an
arrow from a hunter�s bow, deep in the secluded
forest � He was full of divine light and compassion,
forgiving the guilt-ridden hunter. Never did He bemoan
the ending of His life, nor did He cry out for help
from His thousands of subjects and devotees� No. He
died alone in the jungle, miles and miles from the
glorious kingdom of Dwarka.
the Jungle � Even for the King
may be �kings� in this lifetime, living in palaces
of gold, but at the end we are always alone. We must
cross the threshold from this life to the next alone.
Therefore, it matters not what riches we acquire, what
status we hold. None of it can save us from the
hunter�s arrow. None of it can come to our rescue at
the time of death. All that matters is how we have
lived our lives, whom we have helped, whom we have
healed, to whom we have brought peace and comfort.
Ultimate Divine Message
we celebrate the divine occasion of Lord Krishna�s
birth, let us also remember to take to heart the
message of His life: never lose yourself due to
external circumstances, never lose your smile, never
lose your song�
us offer to Him, on this day of His birthday, not only
our prayers and our aarti, but let us offer our lives
at His holy feet, so that we, too, may become divine
and pure. Let us pray:
to kab se teri sharan mein hun
Meri or tu bhi to dhyan de
Mera maan to bhi undakar hai.
ishwar muje gyan de
dukh ki rehn mila to kya, chahay sukh ki boar.
jhar me bhi jo khilarde hai.
Jo lo ter na fiki pared cabi muje vo madhur muskaan
Teri arati ka dia banu, meri hai yahi mano kamana:
Mere prana tera hi nam le, cara man teri hu aradhana,
Guna ghan tera hi me carun. Muje ye prabhuu vardan de.
Muje me hai rag aur dwesh bhi, Ninda parai mein carun
Ehenkar ko prabhu har lo tum
Muje divya ta ka daan de.
Tera roop sab me nihar mein. Muje vo nazar
Lord, I have been waiting for you for so long, birth
after birth, life after life.
Please pay just a little attention to me.
My mind and heart are clouded by a darkness known only
Please, oh Lord, shine upon me the divine light which
will dispel this darkness.
Oh Lord, let me be filled with Divine Bliss and
whether it is the dark night of sorrow or the dawn of
Make me the flower which always blossoms, in every
season of the year.
Give me that sweet, loving smile which never
even during times of adversity.
Let me be the lamp of your aarti, burning in devotion
Let my every breath chant your name.
Let my heart beat only for you.
Let my mind and heart be engaged in your worship.
Let not only my lips sing your glories,
but let my heart also sing your glories.
Please, oh Lord, grant me this wish.
Oh Lord, I am afflicted by attachments and
I am burdened by the habit of condemning others.
Please remove me from this darkness.
Annihilate my ego, my attachments and my pain.
me that divine vision with which I have your darshan
in all I behold.
Let me see all as your divine manifestation.
also in this week's Garavi Gujarat Magazine)