Today (or tomorrow--however you want to look at it based on time zones) marks a very special occasion in the Hindu tradition. It is the birth of Krishna, the supreme Lord.
Now that we got that part out of the way, I'd like to look past all of the religious stuff, and specifically mention the symbolism behind the name and character of this pretty important dude. What he stands for is actually so important in our lives, especially in today's society. It truly speaks to my heart, and I'd like to share it with you all.
Krishna is considered the Supreme Being, a form of the Creator. With that comes the knowledge of the entire universe. However, being the Creator, being the source of all wisdom and knowledge that exists, it was said in the stories that he never uttered a single word regarding this pretty amazing fact. Instead, He made it a point to "one" of the people. He played with the kids, conversed with the adults, and did just about anything a regular human being would do.
Lesson #1: humility.
At the end of the day, we are all a drop of the greater ocean. We are single particle of the greater form. My aspirations do seek the universal, the supreme, the almighty. "I am That." claims the scripture. Yet, I allow my ego to get higher and higher with every opportunity I get.
Humility. Do you have it in you to just hang with the people?
Many other stories talk greatly on how playful Krishna was, especially as a young child. He won the hearts of all the children, adults, and everyone else who crossed His path. That child-like playfulness is so contagious. It reminds us of the simplicity in life, when things weren't complicated. Life was (and really is) good--if we allow it to be.
Lesson #2: lightness
Be light. Feel light. Playfulness naturally brings about this feeling, and it's not a bad thing! Stress naturally falls away, and true enjoyment begins to blossom in all aspects of our life, not just the ones where we think we are having fun. Life is fun--if we let it be!
One of the biggest take aways from Krishna, is that ultimately the reality rests within us. We have all the answers. "I am the world and the world is me." My teacher, Dr. Lad, would say this to us all the time in class. And it's 100% true. We just have to choose to believe it. The more I take the time to go internal, to understand who I really am, what my purpose in life is, everything starts to make more sense, naturally.
Lesson #3: I have all the answers
It's true. In the most basic and fundamental aspect, I have all the answers. I just have to make way for myself to see those.
Freedom comes from within. Seek it.