In the sacred conversation between Shri Krishna and Arjuna, which is immortalised within the pages of Bhagavad Gita, Shri Krishna provides great solace to the people of this world.
Lord Krishna bestows upon us divine wisdom which people of all ages, religions, ethnicities and castes can utilise and share with others, especially during times of adversity, where we may be seeking guidance. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada writes in the purport of Srimad Bhagavatam 10.3.1-5:
‘As stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, the Lord says that His appearance, birth, and activities are all transcendental and that one who factually understands them is immediately eligible to be transferred to the spiritual world. The Lord’s appearance or birth is not like that of an ordinary man, who is forced to accept a material body according to his past deeds. The Lord’s appearance is explained in the previous chapter: He appears out of His own sweet pleasure.’
On the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, the appearance day of Lord Shri Krishna, we can reflect on His divine appearance. These transcendental pastimes can inspire us to make new commitments in our own lives, transcend our material attachments by developing our relationship with the Lord, and make ourselves more receptive to divine grace.
In this way, Janmashtami doesn’t just appear as a day on our yearly calendar, it becomes the significant event of Krishna appearing within our own hearts.
Wishing you a very Happy Janmashtami.