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Krishna, The Indian God of Romance and Wisdom
The very image of Lord Krishna fills a mood of 'bhakti' (devotion) and romance in every religious spirited Hindus' mind. The 'blue god' with a flute on his hand is a real delight to the eyes of the faithful. His physical appeal, more so, his eyes are so captivating. The music out of his flute was so romantic that Gopikas (girlfriends) always accompanied him wherever he went. They loved him and worshiped him like anything. They were even ready to die for him.
Krishna is perhaps the most popular and lovable Hindu god. Every Hindus love him and worship him with utmost devotion. Krishna is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is regarded as a 'purna avatar' (the complete incarnation).
Krishna was born on the eighth night of waning moon in the month 'Shravan'. He was the eighth son of Devaki and Vasudeva. His birth and related incidents are big stories and may take volumes to narrate. My humble attempt here is just to pick two most notable features of Krishna as shown in the title - Romance and Wisdom.
The Love Aspect
Krishna and Radha are the universal symbols of eternal love. The divine love between the two even inspires the lovers of the present world. Krishna was a god specially made for women. Women of all ages (periods) were his great fans. Radha, his lover acquired importance because through her feelings and personality she articulated the silent yearnings and fantasies of the whole Indian women.
'The Book of Krishna' authored by Pavan K. Varma states "In Radha, Indian women found a symbol for the vicarious release of their repressed personalities. Radha's intense yearning for Krishna echoed their own subconscious frustrations. Her uninhibited pursuit of physical fulfillment with him mirrored their own libidinal stirrings." The author further adds "If Radha was the inspiration, Krishna was the object of the Indian woman's fantasy. Unlike other gods in the Hindu pantheon, Krishna's personality had a softness to it that made it conspicuously responsive to the longings and desires of women".
What a brilliant observation! This is exactly what Krishna is. He is all time romantic hero of the Hindu women. They love to have a person like Krishna- caring, sharing, handsome and ever romantic!
A Hindu woman, if she has a little bit of romance in her adorn Krishna. They pray him, rather talk him their fantasies. They cry and laugh before him. They list their romantic dreams before him. They know it will be answered as he himself carry the feel in its extreme dosage. He is the master of the art called 'pranaya' or love.
A Beautiful Bhajan (Devotional Song) on Krishra by Jagjit Singh
Radha, Gopikas or Gopis, Mira, Ghana Shyam, Nandalala, Vrindavan, Mathura, Gokulam, Yamuna, Rasa Leela, Krishna Leela .......These beautiful names and places are thus become the synonym for romance. In a way, these are the nouns related to eternal love which exclusively bonded with the blue god called Krishna.
Well, romance may be there in everyone at every time and every place. But what about wisdom? People of wisdom can be romantic but not necessarily vice versa. There may be some, who are highly romantic but lack wisdom. Here too Krishna stands on the summit. Let's examine this.
There are plenty of stories to describe Krishna's true wisdom. The real testimony to his wisdom is what you can read in the holy text 'Bhagavad Gita'.
The Wisdom Aspect or the Value of Bhagavad Gita
The Gita can be described as the first book of 'how to help' type of self-help books in the world. It is a great work. It has a solution to all problems. The Gita has the remedy for all issues. It is a great book containing motivational tips. It contains 700 'shlokas' in 18 chapters. The text unfolds in the nature of a dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna.
In the famous Mahabharata war, Arjuna, when caught in the throes of doubt and confusion, finds it difficult to involve in the war against his own men. His cousins, Gurus, friends and relatives are there on the field. Lord Krishna comes to the battlefield and counsels him in his moment of crisis. Krishna's advice and vice sayings inject a sense and confidence in Arjuna's veins. In the end, Arjuna, his mental equilibrium restored and his sense of futility removed, picks up his bow and arrow and courageously enters the fight.
The electric impact of Krishna's advice fill energy in Arjuna and his powerful action give Mahabharata a vibrant turn. In the end, Pandavas kill Kauravas and it is the victory of good over evil.
When Radha's' love stories tell us Krishna's romantic stature, Arjuna's brave story conveys Krishna's true wisdom.
++++++For the preparation of this hub, I have referred the following books: "The Book of Krishna" by Pavan K. Varma and "The Krishna Key" by Ashwin Sanghi. Due credit is hereby given to both the authors.++++++
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© 2013 Sunil Kumar Kunnoth