hare Krishna hare krishna
Tears in my eyes
Purity in my heart
Krishna in my soul
The name originates from the Sanskrit word Kṛṣṇa, which is primarily an adjective meaning “black”, “dark” or “dark blue”. The waning moon is called Krishna Paksha, relating to the adjective meaning “darkening”.
Krishna is easily recognised by his representations. Though his skin colour may be depicted as black or dark in some representations, particularly in murtis. He is often shown wearing a silk golden-yellow dhoti and a peacock feather crown. Common depictions show him as a little boy, or as a young man in a characteristically relaxed pose, playing the flute. He usually stands with one leg bent in front of the other with a flute raised to his lips, in the Tribhanga posture, accompanied by cows, emphasising his position as the divine herdsman, Govinda.
He was born to Devaki and her husband,Vasudeva. The Hindu Vishnu Purana relates: “Devaki bore in her womb the lotus-eyed deity…before the birth of Krishna, no one could bear to gaze upon Devaki, from the light that invested her, and those who contemplated her radiance felt their minds disturbed.” This reference to light is reminiscent of the Vedic hymn “To an Unknown Divine,” which refers to a Golden Child.
During his childhood and youth Krishna had done a lot of miracles that was unbelievable to all. Such stories have been told to children on various occasions. Krishna’s childhood reinforces the Hindu concept of lila, playing for fun and enjoyment and not for sport or gain.
At the time of the great battle Mahabharata, Krishna acted as Arjuna’s charioteer, since this position did not require the wielding of weapons. During this time Krishna showed his Vishvaroop to many of the greatest personalities like Arjuna, Bhisma, Dronacharaya,Karna in order to make them understand the importance of the battle and Dharma. Krishna manipulated many situations in the battles to embark the concept of Dharma. The war resulted in the death of the hundred sons of Gandhari, because of which she cursed Krishna that he would see his clan kill each other. Krishna himself knew and wanted this to happen as he felt the Yadavas had become very arrogant, so he ended Gandhari’s speech by saying “Tatasthu”.
Krishna retired into the forest and started meditating under a tree. The Mahabharata also narrates the story of a hunter who becomes an instrument for Krishna’s departure from the world. The hunter Jara, mistook Krishna’s partly visible left foot for that of a deer, and shot an arrow, wounding him mortally. Krishna then headed towards his end and the end of the Dvapara Yuga.
“ … I am the conscience in the heart of all creatures,
I am their beginning, their being, their end
I am their mind of the senses,
I am the radiant sun among light,
I am the song in sacred love,
I am the king of deities,
I am the priest of great seers…”
– Krishna describes God in Bhagavata Gita
Krishna seemed to be Blue/Black because of the divine power he had. His power was such that it created an outer line on his body which resulted him to look Blue/Black. Only the people who actually saw him could see this outer line, the rest who saw him but not actually see him saw the color of his skin which was whitish.
Once Radha asked Krishna that why he played the flute. To which Krishna replied, That whenever he got extremely energetic he would play the flute to pacify and calm himself.
hare Krishna hare krishna