most of us, Shri Krishna Janmashtami is a curious day. We all know about Shri Krishna. That he was an avatar of Vishnu, the preserver and symbolized the transition of mankind into Kalyug is a well-known fact. He was the eighth son and the only living child of Princess Devaki and her husband Vasudeva, who were imprisoned by Devaki’s brother, Kansa. Although these are known facts, the fact that it is celebrated at such a massive scale in North India is mystifying for many. The Krishna-Avatar is celebrated because his steps and the legends associated with him can still be traced in modern-day Mathura and most of North India. His role in the epic war of Mahabharata, the Gita and the Upadeshas therein are lessons of life that are celebrated the world over.
So, on this auspicious day, let us recount 6 lessons that we can all learn from the ever-charming Govind.
1. Inspire people and communicate hope:
When the people of Vrindavan were fearing for their lives by the attack of Kaliya, the many-hooded serpent demon, Krishna gave them hope. When Draupadi, who was his soul-sister, called for him at the court of Kauravas, he came to her aid. When Arjuna couldn't muster the courage to fight against his own men in the battlefield, it was Krishna who inspired and asked him to stick to his goal. We can pick up many other references from Mahabharata where Lord Krishna inspired people and communicated hope.
2. Forget anything but fear:
He was just a kid when he jumped into the Yamuna to take out the ball that he and his friends were playing with. He knew the river was home to poisonous serpent Kaliya; he knew Kaliya would not spare him if he'd enter the serpent's territory. Yet he took the plunge and dived in the river without any fear. He fought with several famous fighters of the time that Kansa sent to kill him but he prevailed and reclaimed the throne of Mathura.
3. Stay real, stay grounded:
Krishna's life began from a prison in Mathura, was nurtured in the village of Gokul, and then finally evolved in the land of Dwarka which he ruled as a king. What made Krishna a success were humility and his ability to stay grounded and real. Despite him being a Vishnu-Avatar and people treating him as such, he did not impress it upon the masses who revered him more as a King.
4. Patience and Perseverance is the key:
Ever wondered why Krishna took his own sweet time to go back to Mathura and fight his uncle, Kansa? Krishna used all of his time spent in Gokul to gain strength, increase his clairvoyant powers, and devise a plan to take down his enemy. His patience and perseverance paid off, and he emerged a winner.
5. Don't preach; provide solutions to people's real-life problems:
Krishna's most famous fables tell a lot about his ability to solve people's real-life problems in no time. He not only preached, but solved people's problems. Right from taking away his childhood friend Sudama's misery to solving Draupadi's dilemma to marry or not marry five Pandavas; there are many tales highlighting his problem-solving skills.
6. Nothing works better than emotional connect:
Krishna the man was born with the art of connecting with people, says literature. He put it to great use as a negotiator in the war of Mahabharata and ultimately, what is the sermon of Gita if not the proof of Arjun’s connect with Krishna? Arjun as an audience surrogate asks Krishna the questions about various dilemmas of life and Krishna knows how to tackle them in the best way possible.
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