Oh Lord Krishna, thy one embrace is all I seek…one embrace of paramananda… one embrace of solace…one embrace of eternal love, just the thought of it makes my heart leap with joy, that one embrace where I cease to exist and go back to where I belong, oh but a tiny part of you.. for I have wandered for eternity through this creation of yours, aspiring more with every birth, just thy one embrace – a small something I penned down 3 years ago.
Ever wondered why is that when we utter the name Krishna, we feel such joy, such love… No other god evokes so much comfort as Krishna… He is divine, yet he is a lover, he is a child, he is a warrior, he is a friend, he is a husband, he is a brother… in any relation, you imagine him, and that pure bhakti just flows out. I am not a mainstream Krishna devotee, my Ishta devata is Goddess Kaali, but Krishna has always been special. Listening to his bhajans or just muttering hare Krishna absent mindedly brings comfort. I love Bhaja Govindam written by Adi Shankaracharya and Meera bhajans (Listen to Meera Kahe and Flute music of new Mahabharata… by Ajay & Atul, the music is divine)
I think the answer lies in what I described above, he can be imagined in any relation you want or need at that stage of life. He is someone we can converse with, he is a Guru at the same time a friend who play pranks with you. Someone who realizes he is god yet is human in every-way, he doesn’t demand anything, he just is.
Is this the purpose of our lives? To realize our divinity and yet remain human? I haven’t read the Gita entirely nor can I recite all the slokas in it, but I have tried to grasp some of its teachings. They are not very complex when you take a hard look, they are relevant to this day and age and seamlessly guide through any difficult situation in life. I have experienced this several times as I struggled and asked the question why? Why me? Why now?…
I would highly recommend watching or reading the Mahabharata (the latter is easier 😊). Throughout the Mahabharata, Krishna never directly tells anyone what to do, he only hints or nudges, he never comes between anyone’s free will. I think that is what truly makes him approachable in a sense, there is no judgement, there is no rejection, you don’t have to look or be some way to love him.
How do we manifest this in our lives? Bhakti Yog is just pure surrender to this love and it is as simple as it gets. It is not some delusion that you use to escape reality, it a path of connecting with that source energy that powers all. To survive sane in this world where everything seems to be just sadness, devastation, abuse and senseless killings (when you accidently watch the news).
Can we make someone feel safe and completely accepted? Even for a short while, setting aside our judgmental ego, and just connect on the plane of love? If we can do this every day, for a small but sincere moment, I think we can manifest him in us and let that tiny amount of love flow to the other. Start with yourself, when you hear that voice in your head start the self-negative talk, just stop and accept yourself, then extend it to anyone around. The beauty of this is, its internal no one needs to know, but am pretty sure it is empowering. Let us try and be the Krishna for someone today, completely present, completely accepting 😊.