Janmashtami 2019: Who is Krishna? And How His Teachings Can Make Us a Better Person


"Who is Krishna?" asked a disciple to AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupadathe or Srila Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Prabhupada replied, "Krishna is a historic personality. He is the Supreme personality of God." That is the nearest one can come to describing Lord Krishna. And on Janmashtami 2019, here's revisiting the lessons we can learn from Lord Krishna's life. Krishna is the 8th avatar of Vishnu, considered a part of the holy Hindu trinity forming Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the one who sustains) and Shiva (the destroyer).


Lord Krishna's words not only gave humanity The Bhagavad Gita, but the teachings by him can help us sail through difficult times. Lord Krishna is also known as a complete avatar. That is because he had all the qualities possible and hence the name Sampurna Avatar (complete avatar). Various anecdotes and episodes from Lord Krishna's life provide us a glimpse into his personality and the message that he holds for all of humanity. Indian spiritual guru and philosopher Rajneesh, popularly known as Osho, called Lord Krishna someone who was "way ahead of his time," in his book Krishna: The Man and His Philosophy. Here are Lessons We Can Learn From Lord Krishna's Life That Can Help Us Lead a Better Life


1. Duty is a form of Devotion Lord Krishna teaches us all to fulfill our duties as a form of devotion to the almighty lord himself. This will help us to do our duties in a way that will keep our morale up and save us from falling into the mundane.


2. Every Problem Has a Solution Lord Krishna's life teaches us that every problem has a solution. Be it Lord Krishna's battles with Kansa, his maternal uncle hell bent on killing him, or the psychological battles with the Kauravas, Lord Krishna faces the challenges with calm and composure.


3. Detachment Lord Krishna through his message in the Gita teaches us to give our best and yet not be affected by the result or reward. He reminds us that process is the key and that the result is just the by-product, rather than the other way round.


4. Look Within, Believe it or not, most of our problems in life are self-created. And hence they can also be eradicated if we look within ourselves. Lord Krishna emphasizes on us having a spiritual base and outlook to fight against the worldly and material factors that overwhelm us.


5. Fight For What is Your Right Lord Krishna teaches us to fight for what is our right! He could have advised Pandava warrior Arjuna to not fight and stopped the war (he did try that before, but Duryodhana refused). But Lord Krishna knew that injustice was being done and that Pandavas were given a rough deal. Hence Krishna advises Arjuna to take up the bow and fight for what is right!

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