Prayers to Priya Krishna on his birthday

You have a specific mission for each of your incarnations,
You descend on to the planets out of your own will.

Everything is playtime for you,
You are not bound by any injunctions.

Because you are the cause of all causes,
You don’t have any specific cause or need of your own.

You are equal to everyone.

You are the supreme controller of everything in all the material universes,
But you are controlled by the unconditional love of your pure devotees.

Pure devotees understand your unequivocal statement of total surrender as in “Maam Ekam Saranam Vraja” in your Bhagavad Gita 18.66.

Pure devotees find it very difficult to survive in this present world though Krishna is always on their lips all the time,
When you always give your remembrance to them what else do they need now and forever?

Your name transcends them beyond hunger thirst bodily relationship material wealth and even the dreaded death dreaded by common souls,

You take care of their minimalistic needs since you are the protector of even the most insignificant creatures,
After all how long this materialistic possession will last?

Only Your grace and mercy is permanent!

You are so simple in Your demands that all You want is full devotion with offer of little flower fruit leaf or water.

You are always ready to give us the maximum benediction and what is that?
To cross this ocean of material misery to the other side.

Let’s all pray to Krishna to be satisfied with what we have materialistic and yearn for spending lots of time towards spiritual knowledge and prayers that aims us towards achieving the higher purpose of life…

Vrindavan

Lord Shri Krishna Subduing the snakeKaliya, Yamuna River, Vrindavan

Lord Ranganatha Temple, Vrindavan

Vrindavan is a historical city in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is one of the main locations in the Braj Bhoomi region, and is also where, Lord Shri Krishna spent his childhood days. The town is about 11 km away from Mathura, Krishna’s birthplace on the AgraDelhi highway (NH 2). The town hosts many temples dedicated to the worship of Radha and Krishna and is considered sacred by Vaishnavism.

The ancient Sanskrit name of the city, Vṛndāvana, comes from its groves of vṛndā (holy basil Ocimum tenuiflorum) and vana (a grove or forest).

Vrindavan is a center of Krishna worship and the area includes places like Govardhana and Gokul that are associated with Krishna. Millions of devotees of Radha Krishna visit these places of pilgrimage every year and participate in a number of festivals.

Vrindavan, the land of Radha Rani, the City of Temples has more than 1000 temples to showcase the pastimes of Radha and Krishna.

Some of the post prominent temples that are most commonly visited by pilgrims include:

and many many more…

For more information on Vrindavan, please visit the Wiki Page: Vrindavan.

Mathura

Yesterday, we visited Noida, a satellite city of Delhi and saw the two most important temples, ISKCON Noida and Sri Aadi Sankaracharya Temple located there.

Today, we are going to visit the twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, a very important pilgrimage, historical and heritage site that has more than a thousand temples to showcase the multifarious incarnations of Lord Shri Krishna and the pastimes of Lord Shri Krishna and Shrimati Radharani.

Birth Place of Lord Balarama – Elder brother of Lord Krishna.

Lord Shri Krishna

Mathura is a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Agra, and 145 kilometres (90 mi) south-east of Delhi; about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from the town of Vrindavan, and 22 kilometres (14 mi) from Govardhan.

Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Shri Krishna, which is located at the Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex. It is one of the Sapta Puri, the seven cities considered holy by Hindus. The Kesava Deo Temple was built in ancient times on the site of Krishna’s birthplace (an underground prison).

Mathura has been chosen as one of the heritage cities for the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India.

Mathura is a holy city for people practicing Sanatana Dharma, loosely called as Hinduism, the world’s third-largest religion. There are many places of historic and religious importance in Mathura and its neighbouring towns. The twin-city to Mathura is Vrindavan. As the home of Krishna in his youth, the small town is host to a multitude of temples of Lord Shri Krishna in various forms or avatars. Some notable religious sites in and around Mathura are:

For more information of Mathura, Please visit the Wiki Page: Mathura.

Who is Krishna Conscious? (God Conscious)

Of all living beings, it is only the human form of life that is endowed with an advanced consciousness that has the capability to introspect – to learn – to un-learn and to re-learn.

It also has the capability to utilise the knowledge in the best interest for self-development as well to improve the quality of life of other fellow human beings.

Human birth is not just meant for eating-sleeping-mating-defending – the four base activities performed by any living being in this material world.

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Our purpose must be to go beyond these four activities and conquer the four eternal miseries of material existence – birth, death, disease and old age.

We are blessed with our ancient scriptures that provides us unlimited knowledge to achieve the purpose of human life.

The knowledge and purport of our scriptures are transmitted through disciplic succession for generations.

It is not sectarian – It is universal and undisputed.

This universe is functioning in an atomic precision and our planet is just a minute dot in this universe!

This precision is controlled by a supreme consciousness or a supreme controller, for which we cannot have an iota of a doubt!

We call this supreme consciousness or supreme controller as the supreme personality of Godhead.

We worship Him according to the best of our abilities:

  • We give Him a form and worship as a deity or Archa Vigraha in temples.
  • We call Him a supersoul Who resides within the heart of a every living being as Paramatma.
  • He also exists as formless and pervade the entire universe as the supreme effulgence or brahmajyoti.
  • We also have the personal form of the supreme Lord with four hands each holding discus, conch shell, club and lotus flower as Lord Vishnu in Vaikuntha planets that exists beyond the region of the material universe.

Before knowing the qualities of a Krishna conscious person, it will be nice to know the meaning of Krishna.

There are several meanings of the word Krishna in several contexts but the most common include:

  • All-Attractive – It includes everything
  • Absolute Truth
  • One who stops the repetition of birth and death
  • Existence

Thus, the name “Krishna”: meaning all-attractive can be applied only to God.

God, doesn’t have any material name, but by His transcendental qualities we give Him spiritual names.

The names of the supreme personality of Godhead are synonymous with the supreme personality of Godhead Himself. Hence the word God is synonymous with Krishna.

Qualities of a Krishna Conscious (God Conscious) person:

  • Understands that the body and soul are different entities and we are not the body.
  • Understands that identifying the soul with the body leads to material existence (transmigration of soul).
  • Understands that birth, death, old age and disease are four-fold miseries of this material world and constantly strives to mitigate them by fully surrendering the fruits of the activities to Lord Krishna (God):

karmany evadhikaras te

ma phalesu kadacana

ma karma-phala-hetur bhur

ma te sango ‘stv akarmani

TRANSLATION

You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty. Bhagavad Gita 2.47

  • Understands that the material body comprising of five elements (sky, air, fire, water and earth) is only an outer garment that is automatically cast off to attain a new material body.

dehino ‘smin yatha dehe

kaumaram yauvanam jara

tatha dehantara-praptir

dhiras tatra na muhyati

TRANSLATION

As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change. – Bhagavad Gita 2.13

  • Understands that the purpose of this human birth is to free the spirit soul from the shackles of repeated births and deaths.
  • Understands that indulging in fruitive activities by identifying with the body leads to bondage.
  • Understands that indulging in gambling, intoxication, meat-eating and animal slaughter are indulged by those in the mode of darkness and degrades the soul to lower births and hence totally shunned.
  • Understands that only nama sankirtana (chanting of holy names) is the only remedy in this age of Kali.
  • Understands that the song of God, Srimad Bhagavat Gita and the literary incarnation of God, Srimad Bhagavatam provides answers to all problems of human life and therefore lives a life based on its profound principles.

I believe I have provided a summary of qualities of a Krisnna Conscious person because the list is quite exhaustive.

A Krishna Conscious person is automatically a virtuous person because these qualities. If inculcated, leads to a pious and satisfying life.

Thus, liberation is assured as per the words of Lord Shri Krishna Himself (Bhagavad Gita) and literary incarnation of God (Srimad Bhagavatham).

 

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