Krishna’s relationship with his adopted mother, Yashoda, is a shining example of the
ideal love that should exist between a mother and her child. Krishna’s pranks frustrated
Yashoda incessantly, but they also enchanted her. Yashoda’s reprimands were stern,
but Krishna found them to be music to his ears. Because at the end of the day, Krishna
always found himself wrapped securely in his mother’s arms as she sang to him and rocked him to sleep.
Sleep my lovely moonchild; sleep, my prince.
The sleep-fairies are here, wearing anklets on their feet.
On their soft wings they will waft you away
Far from this earth, somewhere across the seven seas,
Amidst distant skies, is the world of dreams…
Come to the world of dreams, come;
For a stroll in a country of gold.
Mischievous baby Krishna stealing butter.
Lord Krishna was the eight incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is the epitome of divine love and joy, and destroys all pain and sin. He is said by many to have been born to establish a religion of love.
He was born to Devaki, the sister of the cruel King Kamsa. To read more about his birth please go HERE.
Krishna was brought up in a cow herd family and had a great love for his adopted mother Yashoda. Their relationship is a perfect example of the depth of love between a mother and her child. Krishna loved to play the flute to entertain all those around him, including the cows. He was also very mischievous and teased his mother and the milkmaids of Vrindavan incessantly. He would steal milk and butter, free the cows at milking time, and hide the clothes of girls as they bathed in the river. Little Krishna wasn’t just easing simply out of fun. He wanted to clear the ignorance of all by teaching them not to be so attached to material things and instead to focus on God. Material things come and go, especially when he himself is around. Because of his playful way of teaching his message, Lord Krishna is known as the deity of Hasya, or Humor.
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This enraged Kamsa and he and his demonic associates began an all-out purge. The murdered all the mail children born in Mathura within the previous ten days. He also harassed all saintly persons and put a stop to all religious activities.
Lord Krishna, however, grew up safe and carefree in Vrndavana. Kamsa heard about the divine child in the nearby town and tried repeatedly to kill him. First he sent the witch Putana. She had already killed many babies with her cruel black magic. She came to kill the baby Krishna when he was only a few months old. She poisoned her breast and appeared to Yasoda, Krishna’s adopted mother, as a beautiful young woman. She feigned ardor for the beautiful child and begged permission to give Krishna her breast to suck. Baby Krishna, in his innocence sucked the breast of its milk, and then sucked the life out of Putana as well.
After Putana, Kamsa send many demons to try to destroy Krishna. But Krishna casually killed all the demons one after another. At the age of sixteen Krishna finally killed Kamsa and all of his cruel associates. He liberated his weary parents form their prison and restored Ugrasen as the rightful King of Mathura.
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At midnight on ashtami, the celestial child was born. Vasudeva clasped the child to his bosom and started for Gokula. He jerked his legs and the chains that had bound them fell away. Then the massive iron doors of his prison cell unlocked and opened up.
Torrential rains fell as Vasudeva tried to cross the river Yamuna. He held the baby high over his head so he wouldn’t drown. But he was saved when a five headed snake followed him from behind and provided shelter for both him and the baby.
When Vasudeva reached Gokula he quickly exchanged the babies and rushed back to his prison with the baby girl. All the people of Gokula rejoiced at the birth of Nanda and Yashoda‘s beautiful baby boy. When Vasudeva entered his prison cell in Mathura, the prison doors closed on their own.
Kamsa was immediately notified of the birth and rushed to the prison to kill the newborn child. But this time the child flew from his grip and into the sky. She transformed into the goddess Yogamaya and told Kamsa, “O foolish one! What will you get by killing me? Your nemesis is already born somewhere else.”
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A few days ago we celebrated Krishna Janmashtami. Would you like to hear the story of the birth that is the heart of all the festivities? This is how the story goes.
Mother earth, dismayed by the evils of the kings and rulers of her people, appealed to Lord Brahma. Brahma in turn consulted with Lord Vishnu. After much discussion, Lord Vishnu assured Lord Brahma that he would soon be born on earth to deal with these tyrannical forces.
One of these evil forces was the ruler of Mathura, Kamsa. His people were terrified of him. On the day Kamsa’s sister Devaki was married to Vasudeva, a voice from the sky prophesized that Devaki’s eighth son would be the one who destroyed Kamsa. In his fury at these words Kamsa raised his sword to kill his sister, but her new husband intervened, imploring Kamsa to spare his new bride. Vasudeva promised that if his wife was spared he would hand over every new born child to Kamsa. Kamsa agreed, but the couple.
When Devaki gave birth to her first child, a beautiful boy, Kamsa came to her prison cell and slaughtered the child. He continued this practice with Devaki’s first seven sons. When Devaki became pregnant again, she and Vasudeva started to lament their own fate and that of their next child. Lord Vishnu suddenly appeared before them that he himself would come to rescue them and the citizens of Mathura. He would come as their son and asked Vasudeva to take him to the house of his friend, the cow herd chief Nanda in Gokula, right after he was born. Nanda’s wife had just given birth to a daughter, and he was to exchange his son for Yashoda’s daughter and bring her back to prison. Vishnu assured them that nothing shall bar his path.
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An introductory video about Ganesha
Even those of you who are not very familiar with Hinduism have probably seen pictures of, or heard about “The Elephant God.” His name is Ganesha.
In the Hindu tradition, all worship must begin with the invocation of Lord Ganesha (also called Lord Ganesh). The story goes that Ganesha became the lord of all existing beings because he won a race around the universe against his brother Kartikay. When they were told to start the race Ganesha simply walked around Shiva and Parvati, his father and mother, the source of all existence. All the other deities applauded his spiritual insight and named him the winner.
The acceptance of the unusual elephant-headed man as a divine force quiets the rational mind and it’s doubts, forcing one to look beyond outer appearances. This is how Ganesha creates the faith to remove all obstacles. He forces one to look beyond form and to see the spiritual side of everything. Therefore Ganesha is often worshipped to remove obstacles.