Krishna, God of Divine Love and Bliss
SRI KRISHNA: According to www.vishvarupa.com, “Krishna (Krsna) is the Ever-Blissful Embodiment of Transcendent Beauty who captivates the hearts and minds of all beings. Thedeep devotion for Krishna is realized through Krishna’s Divine Opulances. Krishna plays the flute~ particularly at night ~ exuding sweet fragrances of sandlewood and jasmine and glowing in divine splendor. This symbolizes Krsna calling out to all free souls who are lost and are attached to sensory objects. So this God assumes a Form that captivates and attracts the senses of all beings. The result is a sacred love and ardent devotion that purifies and illumines.” His name, Krishna, “can mean several things: Dark Complexioned, Cloud Colored, Black, Strong,Erotic, All Attractive, Blissful, Existence,-Knowledge-Bliss. In ‘kr-s-na,’ the root ‘kr’ indicates ‘existence’ and the syllable ‘na’ indicates ‘bliss.'”
Further description of Krishna from www.hindunet.org notes that “because of his great Godly power, Lord Krishna is another of the most commonly worshipped deities in the Hindu faith. He is considered to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Shree Krishna delivered the Bhagwad Gita on the battlefield to Lord Arjuna.”
Lord Krishna spent his life protecting humanity and destroying evil, hence he is colored blue. Lord Krishna spent his life protecting humanity and destroying evil, hence he is colored blue. One of the theories is that Vishnu, because of his association with water, is depicted blue; therefore all his incarnations including Krishna, are shown as such.
“Shree Krishna, like Lord Rama, is also known for his bravery in destroying evil powers throughout his life. The Lord is usually depicted as playing the flute, indicating spread of the melody of love to people. He is also shown with his childhood devotee and love, Radha. The Lord is usually remembered and worshipped as Radha-Krishna. ”
“The pair [to be featured in our next issue] symbolizes the eternal love between people and God. Many portraits of Krishna depict him surrounded by shepherd maidens (called gopis) who gather to him, with ardent devotion attracted by his loving flute. Lord Krishna is also shown with his pet cow, his childhood favorite.” He wears a peacock feather and is often accompanied by a peacock.
We can call upon Lord Krishna to experience the “sacred love and ardent devotion that purifies and illumines.” In the spirit of Sri Krishna, I wish Divine Love and Bliss to all!