The Biggest Reward of being a Krishna Devotee – Joy

Krishna Outline

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!

Bhagavad Gita Quote

(my sketch, Quote from Google)

Krishna Art with Digital Tools

krishna digital

Today, I created my ishtdeva, Krishna using digital tools. I used the app SketchBook for basic structure and then applied effects using Lunapic. The effort itself was deeply fulfilling! I don’t know about the result but the process was simply – BLISSFUL! I am grateful to technology and the possibilities it offers, if we use it wisely and creatively.

Thank you for taking a look at my Krishna. Have a wonderful day ahead!

Small Things #25 – What is the last name of Krishna?

While my older one is excited about the wider acceptance and appreciation of our eBook ‘The Boy Named Joy’ (running in Amazon’s bestseller list of top 100 free books), the little one is exploring spirituality. Yesterday, he asked a question I had never thought of! “Krishna has so many names but what is the last name?” Baffling, isn’t it? Did you know?

Well, I threw the question back at him. “What do you think?”.

“Hmm…well Jesus has Christ as his last name. I don’t know why Krishna did not have a last name.”

So, I had to take help from Mr. Google and this is what I found. It seems that during Krishna’s age, the people had titles rather than surnames.

Krishna has been called by different names throughout Mahabharata – Yashodanandan (son of Yashoda), Giridhar (one who lifted a hill), Gopala (one who takes care of cows), Dwarikadheesh (King of Dwarika) and so on. But no surnames.

I guess, last names did not exist at that time. And since every name was based on the personal attribute of the individual, it was different. For example, Krishna was called Krishna (dark one) because he was dark in color.

In fact, all the people in the holy books ‘Ramayana’ and ‘Mahabharata’ are referred to by their first names, which indicates their personalities. Yudhisthira (one who is steady in war), Bhima (one who is formidable), Arjun (One who is pure and white), Nakula (most handsome), Sehdeva (with gods) and so on… Usually, no two people had the same name.

Last names began to be taken when the British came to India.

So, by today’s context, Krishna’s last name would be Vrishni. According the Google – “Krishna is referred to in the Mahabharata as a Vrishni during Arjuna’s war with Karna; the Vrishnis are a clan under the umbrella of Yadavas; Satyaki is also a Vrishni. So, by today’s human standards, Krishna’s last name would be Vrishni.”

It was a great question and looking for the answer was equally interesting. Kids really see things differently and that is why they ask the best questions.

(P.S.- Last day to buy ‘The Boy Named Joy’ for free. So, do download here. Thank You.)

(image- Google)

 

 

My Father’s Song to Krishna

Although credit goes to my grandma for introducing Lord Krishna to us, it is my 68 year old father who reaffirms our faith time and again through his soulful bhajans (devotional songs). As we celebrate the birthday (Janmashtami) of the mischievous God, do listen to this wonderful song invoking Krishna in my father’s voice.

Here, the singer is asking the Lord to take birth again once again and keep His promise. Everyone is waiting for Him to take Kalki avatar.

When we were small, Krishna ruled over our household and often caused mayhem. His room needed to be cleaned first. The best garlands were made for him. He needed to be bathed and adorned and then an elaborate puja ceremony would follow sometimes infuriating us kids. We would get jealous of the attention Krishna got.

While morning passed in tending to the enchanting one, Evening ceremony would bring joy. It was the most beautiful part of the day because my father would then sing soulful songs in his divine voice. Hearing him everyday, strengthened us from within.

He would transfer us to a world of spirituality, faith and belief. The belief that someone up there always takes care of us. Faith that there is always a positive aspect to every misfortune. And lastly, in order to be free and joyful, just surrender to Krishna.

Even now, my gentle and loving father teaches us the most profound things in a very simple way. I will relate an incident. My family believes in astrology to some extent and my father wore a couple of rings with special stones. I asked him to get a ring for me too according to my horoscope. He laughed and said – You don’t need any ring, or anything to protect you. You have Krishna!

The best lines of faith I have ever heard in my life. I am truly grateful to the almighty that I belong to a family that is steeped in faith. I hope you like my father’s voice. And although many of you don’t know the language, I am sure your hearts will comprehend. Jai Shri Krishna!

Devotion – The highest form of intelligence!

Today, I came across this wonderful quote by the well known seer Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. 


In one of his discourses, available on YouTube, he talks about how devotion is the highest form of intelligence and living life. If you are a devotee, you will conquer every struggle in your life easily. It is the simplest way to be… there is no struggle, no ups and downs… just leading your life in pure bliss. 


…Because a true devotee knows, there is a huge power around us, who is managing things in the best of our interest. Do check out sadhguru’s videos. 

Have a blissful weekend!

Image and video courtesy Google & YouTube