This is one of the most important days of the year because it reminds us of God’s boundless kindness on us all. Imagine! Supreme God, Who is self-content and the very form of Divine Bliss, chose to appear in our material world to inspire us to do devotion to Him and thereby attain eternal happiness.
Keep these important points in mind regarding Shree Krishna’s avatar:
- God is not bound to do anything – He comes of His own volition in our world.
- God is already omnipresent in His Divine form, but He is invisible to our material eyes. When He takes avatar, He simply makes His Divine body visible to us.
- When He appears here, His body is Divine – it is not a material body like our ours. His body is not born and does not die. He merely appears and disappears from our material plane.
- Shree Krishna was not born from His mother’s womb after her going into labor. His body was not formed in His mother’s womb like a material baby. He appeared before Devki and Vasudev in His full grown form, because His form is Divine and eternal. Then He became a little baby and began His childhood leelas.
Knowing that Shree Krishna is Bhagwan and is eternally Blissful, what reason could He have for coming in this material world? His only reason for coming is to Grace us. When He comes, He makes it known that He exists in His personified form which we can easily love and meditate on. He performs His charming leelas and reveals that souls can have a personal relationship with Him. All of His leelas, virtues, names, and forms are recorded in the Puranas and other Divine scriptures and are available for the souls to use for devotional remembrance (smaran). Thus, by coming on the earth, He revitalizes the path of devotion by encouraging us to have faith in Him and by giving us His names and leelas for meditating on.
To make the most of Janmashtmi 2014, we should remember His amazing kindness on all of us that He showed by coming into this world. Let’s celebrate Shree Krishna’s birthday the way He would want us to, by chanting His name wholeheartedly and meditating on His form and leelas.
Special Invite For All Devotees:
Please join us for the grand Janmashtami 2014 celebrations with your family at Radha Madhav Dham, Austin, Texas on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014. Let us make this day especially devotional for ourselves. Kids can enter a costume contest – find details here – RMD Janmashtami 2014.
If you are in or around New York, we invite you and your family to celebrate Janmashtami 2014 with great enthusiasm with us at the first-ever block party being held at Radha Govind Dham, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Highlights include: Kids contest, Kirtan, Discourse, Raas Garba, find details here – RGDNY Janmashtami 2014.