The appearance of Krishna is a perennial festival. Krishna regularly appears in one or different universes of this mortal world to show glimpses of his pastimes, to attract our hearts and invite us back into his eternal spiritual abode. Krishna teaches in the Bhagwad Gita, how we can we cultivate spiritual advancement while being engaged in our professional and family duties to attain the perfection of going back to him. This spiritual advancement has three stages, namely, sambandha-jñ?na, abhidheya and prayojana.
Sambandha jnana is to understand our relationship with Krishna. Many people know Krishna as a historical/ mythological person, a great strategist or colourful character in cultural landscape. But scriptures explain Krishna as the ultimate spiritual reality. He is the summum bonum, the absolute truth of all existence. In him, everything exists, sustains and desolates. He is the ultimate shelter of the whole creation. We are his minute part and parcels, we are, although quantitatively minute in our existence and potential, all qualitatively equal to him.
We have an eternal relationship with Krishna.
But because of the desire to be independent enjoyers, we all have come to this world where everybody wants to be the person at centre stage. Because of this power struggle, we are suffering here. Krishna says in the Gita that when we accept him as the ultimate enjoyer, controller and the utmost well-wisher of all living beings, then, we attain peace. We need to cultivate bhakti, a loving relationship with Krishna to come out of this power struggle and be humble, for, ‘Only meek and humble attain the grace of God.’
Once we understand our relationship with Krishna, we start to act as per that relationship which is called as abhidheya. It is a process of cultivating this love through practice of various limbs of bhakti. Initial motivation for it is the injunctions of scriptures that explain us precarious conditions of this world and how bhakti is the ultimate good for a soul. This process includes hearing about Krishna, chanting his holy names, serving his deity form which mercifully appears to accept our services like bathing him, dressing him, offering him food and so on.
By doing such service one gradually attains the highest goal of life, love of godhead, he achieves prayojana-siddhi, fulfilment of human mission. Such spontaneous love is completely selfless that floods the heart of living entity with unlimited bliss. Such bliss can’t be attained by any other means. This love liberates the living entity from the repetition of birth and death and places it in the divine spiritual abode.
Krishna gets bound by this love, as seen in dealings between gopis and Krishna. The ultimate puppeteer, God, becomes a puppet in the hands of gopis and he dances in front of them on their orders, only for a
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