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KRISHNA JANAMASHTMI 2014

Hindus across the world will celebrate the auspicious occasion of Janamashtmi on August 16, 2014. Krishna appeared in a prison cell in the shroud as an innocent child to his parents Vasudeva and Devaki who were imprisoned by the tyrant king Kansa. Kansa killed many innocent lives and it was necessary for some supernatural force to descend upon earth to destroy his regime and restore a semblance of peace and order. It was Bhagwan Krishna who manifested as the eight incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the age of Dwapar to fulfill the promise – “For the protection of the virtuous, extermination of evil doers and for establishing Dharma on a firm footing, I am born from age to age”.

It was the eight day of the dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Bhado (August-September). Auspicious stars were conspicuous in the sky. It was a night of relentless thunderstorms. Lightening and thunder filled the atmosphere and every river overflowed its bank. At exactly midnight Lord Krishna appeared in all his Splendour bearing the Sankh-conch, Chakra-wheel, Gada-mace and Padma-lotus. Bewildered by this unbelievable spectacle the divine force requested that he be taken to the city of Gokul at the home of Nanda and Yashoda.

He grew up amongst the cowherds and cowherdesses. There he performed his divine lilas (play) bringing joy and happiness to all. In time Kans was killed by Lord Krishna and his rule of terror ended on earth. He freed his parents and restored Vasudev to the throne.

The life of Lord Krishna is recorded in the pages of the Shrimad Bhagavatam and his divine instruction encompasses 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita.

On this day Hindus retrieve to the temple and immerse themselves in prayerful supplication at the immortal feet of Krishna seeking his blessings, guidance and intervention in their lives at all times. The most breathtaking spectacle of the celebration involves the rocking of the cradle in which a baby representation of Krishna is placed recapturing the moments following his divine birth in the beautiful city of Gokul.

I urge all of you to turn out in large numbers and fill your respective mandirs on this lovely day. It is a day of prayers, contemplation, introspection and rejuvenation. The demonic forces that prevailed in Dwapar yug are still very visible in this age and time. For many of us the Kansic temperament take precedence in our lives in the form of cruelty, envy, hatred, deception and other negative behaviors and attitudes. Janamashtmie is an auspicious occasion when all of us should offer our selves in totality to supreme Krishna so that his presence in our lives can mould us to be better humans, free from the blemishes that would contribute to an ugly world.

May lord Krishna be the charioteer of your lives and enjoy the bliss and success in every area of your life. A splendid Janamashtmie to all.

Pt Brahmanand