Hare Krishna! A few years ago, I asked an old Krishna devotee who had faced many unusual and difficult situations in life – How did you cope up with your problems during those difficult times? She laughed and answered – Krishna made it all easy and playful so I did not feel anything.
Her life story appears sad and everyone would be hugely sympathetic to her. But she was just amused and actually full of joy. This is the biggest reward of devotion – joy and bliss for seemingly no reason at all.
When a devotee surrenders to Krishna, the playful god becomes the doer, the action, and the result. The devotee stays just an instrument who enjoys life as it unfolds.
Krishna’s blissful nature rubs on His devotees by default. And he learns what it is to be alive, vibrant and stress free. The melodrama of life dissolves with the ego of the devotee and the rest is all Krishna!
Krishna himself had the most unusual life. There was a constant threat to his life, he was destined to leave whoever he loved (his parents, Radha, Gokul, Vrindavan), and his life was one big battlefield just like Mahabharata. But when do we ever see him, dejected, sad and full of worry? He stayed pleasant and joyful throughout. And the reason for his amazing attitude and demeanor has been mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita, the song of the Lord (so, why not read it to know more).
This Janmashtami is even more special because of the current unusual circumstances. There is a pandemic raging on and unforeseen incidents are occurring throughout the world. But wherever there is Krishna, there is hope. And there is joy. Whatever there is, it will be taken care of!
So dear friend, wishing you a very ‘Happy Janmashtami’. May Krishna enables the surrendering and life become joyful, easy and breezy. Haribol!
(my sketch, Quote from Google)