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Title: 03 Mahabharata

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-10 19:45:40


(2) The meaning of the word ‘Krishna’:


The Mahabharata (Udyoga-parva 71.4) states:


krishir bhu-vacakah sabdo, nas ca nirvriti-vacakah;

tayor aikyam param brahma, krishna ity abhidhiyate.


“‘The word “krs” is the attractive feature of the Lord’s existence, and “na” means spiritual pleasure. When the verb “krs” is added to the affix “na,” it becomes “Krishna,” which indicates the Supreme Absolute Truth.’


anandaika-sukha-svami syamah kamala-locanah;

gokulanandano nanda-nandanah krishna iryate.


“The dark, lotus-eyed Lord, the only master of the highest joy, who brings pleasure to Gokula and is the son of Nanda, is known as ‘Krishna’”.