Do you love stories?
Everyone loves stories as stories have moral and they motivate us as well teach us varies lessons about life.
Every story in Vedas has moral behind it for example Mahabharata. Every aspect, every character of Mahabharat teaches us various lessons about each walk of life.
So let us enquiry into what can be the moral behind “Krishna Janmashtami story” ?
Krishna represents “Atma/ Brahma” and
Krishna Janm i.e. birth of Krishna symbolises with Self-realization.
Let us try to understand the philosophical perspective behind Krishna Janmashtami.
In the story, Devki and Nand are described as caged into darkness tied in chains.
Here cage/ prison symbolises “Ignorance” and chains as bondages of lust ,greed ,desires and especially Ego. Means we are caged in this ignorant world with bondages of desires, ego and ignorance.
Later in the story ,Devki and Nand after going through alot of hardship and struggle give birth to 8 children who eventually die.
This hardship of eight children symbolises with “Ashtang Yog” i.e. to come out of the chains and prison of the world we must follow the hardship path of “Ashtang Yog” i.e. Yam, Niyam, Asan ,Pranayam ,Pratyahar, Dhyan, Dharana and Samadhi.
Then in the story Krishna is born and the chains fall off and prison door opens.
This symbolises that after Krishna birth i.e. after self-realization the bondages of five senses fall off and internal door opens to free us from ignorant external world.
Later in the story when Krishna travels out of prison…… the night is full of rains and thunderstorm.
This signifies that during process of self realisation there is a lot of turbulence of thoughts, emotions and desires in the mind.
But when Krishna steps foot in turbulent water everything settles down this shows that after self-realization the mind becomes calm and quiet.
So the moral of the story is- “The path to self realisation it’s full of hardship but the end fruit is complete BLISS”.
In our previous Health Mantra we discuss that from chaturmas Lord Krishna goes in YOG NIDRA which symbolically initiates us to start meditating and then Krishna Janm ( Birth of Krishna) in chaturmas motivate us to continue our meditation.
So our Health Mantra number- 06 is
“Start meditating from chaturmas so that you experience the birth of Lord Krishna inside you i.e. you experience self realisation.”
In our next blog we will discuss about Hartalika.
Till then ……Stay Healthy Stay Blessed.