Krishna, a Symbol of Modern Day Man

Ravikumar Ambadi By Ravikumar Ambadi, 4th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/414d2_5i/
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The great saints used many symbols in Hinduism to teach us how to live a better life. Lord Krishna is the symbol of modern day man and a close watch to his actions will give us an idea to overcome our daily challenges.

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All religions respect people with good qualities. Besides, the religions demand following the doctrines or the customs prevailing in the society. All those who rebel against the prevailing customs will be marked as pariahs and will be kept away from the rest of the society. Even today, the society follows the same suit and there are many outcasts among us who are treated as untouchables. Many of us are afraid of opening our mouth to speak out truth many times because of this attitude of our society.
When the present situation is like this, you can imagine how it was in the ancient days when people were more conservative and there was no democracy or human right activists. You should see various actions of Lord Krishna in this scenario to understand how much courage he had to fight against the society to establish his ideas and ideologies.
Ultimate thing in the teachings of Krishna is to do your duty perfectly and whatever you are doing should be for the well being of the world. Morality, integrity and dedication to one’s duty are the three most important things that will provide a better living. You may have to suffer a lot before you achieve the goal, but it is assured that you will achieve the ultimate joy if you follow the teachings of Krishna.
He had to take birth inside a prison as his father and mother have been imprisoned by his maternal uncle Kamsa as a heavenly messenger told him that he will be killed by the eighth son of his sister. Although Kamsa killed all his predecessors, Krishna’s father took him to a friend’s place as soon as he took birth. Kamsa was the king who ruled his country with iron hands and the people were not at all happy. Further, the king never respected the traditional values and used to trouble his subjects without any reason. Hence Krishna decided to see his end. In real, Kamsa is his uncle and as per the prevailing custom, he is to be respected by Krishna. However, the rebel in Krishna could not agree with the custom and killed his own uncle for the sake of his subjects. According to him, the society and the people are more important than blood relations.
This was not the single incident when Krishna challenged the ongoing customs. He was against the war and acted as an envoy between Kauravas and Pandavas. However, when his attempts for peace failed he encouraged Pandavas to fight the war. On the first day of war, when both Pandavas and Kauravas came face to face, Arjuna got fainted as he saw his master, grandfather and cousins on the opposite side. His doubt was what he is going to get by killing all of them. Besides, according to the verses, “Matha, pitha, guru daivam” one has to respect his mother, father and Guru as gods. Here he has to fight with his grandfather Bhishma whom he should revere as if he is a god. He has to fight with Drona who is his Guru. At that time too the rebel in Krishna awakened and encouraged Arjuna to fight with them all. According to him, although Bhishma and Drona are noble persons, they are standing in the wrong side. They should be eliminated to establish Dharma in this earth. Here also Krishna gave no importance to blood relations.
He stood affirm on his ideology that truth and virtue should prevail on this earth. One can take any way to reach this goal. He also encouraged Arjuna and Bhima to go out of the way to kill Karna and Duryodhana respectively. And at the end he watched the destruction of his Yadava clan with a smile before getting killed by an arrow of a hunter.
Thus Krishna figures as a god with a difference. He is symbolizing the modern man and he is teaching us how to approach different challenges in our life. He is regarded as the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and with a wheel as his weapon. When you watch the story of incarnations closely, you will find it as an account on how the life came to exist on the earth. The first incarnation was fish which is an aquatic animal. It states that the life first happened in water. Then the life slowly started coming to the land and the evolution happened. Koorma, the tortoise, Varaha, the pig, Narasimha, half animal half man, Vamana, the dwarf man or a pigmy etc are some steps in this evolution. Later, the human incarnations started coming and each one has a specific weapon to identify him with a specific period in the human history. Parasurama with Axe as weapon denotes the Jungle era and Rama with bow and arrow represents the next stage. When you take Krishna, his weapon is a wheel and everybody will agree that the modernization in industry started after the invention of wheel. Thus Krishna can be considered as the symbol used by ancient saints to denote modern day human beings. That could be the reason why they have sketched his character to match with the behaviors and nature of people of our times.
If you go through the entire story of Lord Krishna you will come across with many instances where he used his wisdom and courage to overcome many hard situations. He may the only god in Hinduism who has escaped a large number of murder attempts. He may be the only one Hindu god who fought with the king of gods, Indra on behalf of his own people. He has displayed the merits of love and at the same time he insisted that one should get tougher at times. He entertained everybody with his innocent childhood naughtiness and at the same time taught us to do our duty without looking for the result.
Anyway, the most important teaching of his is the verses from bhagavat geetha.
“Yathra yogeshwara Krishno
Yathra Partho dhanurdhara
Thathra Srirvijayo bhoothir
Druva neethir mama”
The verses means hat where the Krishna who is Yogeshwara or the abode of all virtues and Partha or Arjuna with his weapon, wealth, victory and prosperity will be there. It is not limited to a particular moment in the epic, but is relevant even today too. When we keep all virtues and will work hard with our weapons we can achieve all successes and if you leave any of them behind you will not win. Or in other words, what Krishna meant to say is that you cannot achieve anything with mere prayers. When the prayers should make your thoughts pure, your efforts will gain you more success.
Symbols are used at many other instances in Gita too and will discuss later.

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author avatar LOVERME
4th Oct 2013 (#)

Welcome new friend…. Another Lord!
Teachings of Krishna:
1. Do your duty perfectly for the well being of the world.
2. Morality, integrity and dedication are the three most important things that will provide a better living.
3. Society and people are more important than blood relations.
4. Firm ideology that truth and virtue should prevail on this earth
5. Krishna, his weapon is a wheel...the modernization in industry started after the invention of wheel. Thus Krishna can be considered as the symbol used by ancient saints to denote modern day human beings.
6. Lord Krishna used his wisdom and courage to overcome many hard situations.
7. He entertained everybody with his innocent childhood naughtiness and at the same time taught us to do our duty without looking for the result.
8. Krishna meant to say one cannot achieve anything with mere prayers….prayers should make your thoughts pure; your efforts will gain success.
Sir I have summarized the Lords teachings for a quicker grasp by humanity that’s why in the west the birth of Krishna consciousness took birth
Hare Rama Hare Krishna!

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author avatar Ravikumar Ambadi
5th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Loverme for your comments and for posting the teachings of Lord Krishna in a nutshell.

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author avatar LOVERME
5th Oct 2013 (#)

I am glad you liked it Sir thanks

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author avatar LOVERME
5th Oct 2013 (#)

Can I share your words and my gist ...
on my page for many to read ?
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More will share it
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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
5th Oct 2013 (#)

You also have the story of listening and knowing how to enter and exit the Chakraview.
He was the Charioteer in the battle and I can never understand why he was paired with Radha when he had a wife too.
A very learned person and love the teachings and the philanthropy of the followers.

I love butter and cream just like Krishna and even stole this as a child and broke my nose in the bargain. Still love and eat it with sugar not honey.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
5th Oct 2013 (#)

Lived with them last year and learnt their teachings....

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks for the share, Ravikumar. The fight between the good and bad continues unrelentingly from our hoary past but the only difference is all want to acquire weapons to destroy the whole world as a show of strength, having arrived. We are surely playing with fire! The greatest fight awaits us - the fight for peace over war and hatred - siva

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