Thursday 29 August 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 180

Shyaam tere kitne ghar aur kitne naam..?



Yesterday was Janmashtami and today is Gokulashtami. We celebrate the birth of Krishna every year and every year he turns more alluring and mysterious. The papers are full of his leela and his magic. I have myself written a lot about him in reference to films and in reference to how he remains a magnificent obsession for all his devotees but today, I present different interpretations to emphasize how different people have different perceptions of Lord Krishna
Sri Sathya Sai Baba says whoever you see and whoever you come into contact in this material world is the very form of Krishna. Followers of Srinathji say that the very essence of his idol is to engage his devotee in to the four bhavas – vatsalya, sakha, daas, madhurya and these correspond to the eight darshans of jhaanki of the lord in a single day. Sri Hita Ambareesh follower of Radha Vallabhasampradaya professes that to understand Krishna is to understand the reality of life. Even in the most difficult, he is serene and that is his message to us to retain our calm. And finally Ohsho : Krishna alone accepts the body in its totality and he accepts it in not any selected dimension, but in all its dimensions. He says Krishna accepts duality of life and therefore transcends duality.
Not surprising poets say Shyaam tere kitne ghar aur kitne naam..?
Bhawana Somaaya / @bhawanasomaaya

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