Vol 4 Issue 16
Invite The Lord Into Your Heart On Janmashtami
The design, order and
structured organization evident throughout the creation insist that there is a
Super-intelligent Creator. The different scriptures throughout the world,
address this Supreme Being variously as Jehovah, Allah, Buddha, Rama and so on.
The Supreme Person is full of extraordinary attributes, which make Him
universally attractive. The name Krishna, meaning 'the all-attractive one' (sarva
akarshati iti krishna), describes this all-attractiveness of the Lord and so
describes the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in full.
The Lord administers the world through the laws of material nature ? gross such as the law of gravitation and subtle such as the law of karma. But when predominance of materialism over spirituality disturbs the universal order, the Lord descends Himself "to deliver the pious, annihilate the miscreants and reestablish the principles of religion" (Bhagavad-gita 4.8)
Krishna descends not just to maintain law, but to awaken love. The love that our heart longs for through relationships with various persons finds fulfillment only when it is reposed in the Supreme Person God. Because when we love Krishna, our love is never interrupted, never betrayed, never let down, never disappointed. That is why saints and devotees across the religious spectrum throughout history have been the happiest persons, radiating love towards one and all.
But unfortunately in this world of matter, all living beings are attracted not to the Lord of their heart but to matter and material enjoyment. However matter being limited and finite can never fulfill the unlimited desires of our spirits; material enjoyment satiates but never satisfies.
So the Lord comes into this material world and performs superhuman activities which reveal His supreme position and His unparalleled love for His devotees. For example, the Lord lifted a massive mountain Govardhan in order to protect His devotees from oppressive rains. Such acts appear impossible to the skeptical mind, but an ant would similarly consider the lifting of a book by a human being as 'impossible'. For the Lord possessing unlimited power, such an act is not at all difficult. Through such incredible acts, the Lord invites us to become His devotees and thus reenter the world of endless love, our eternal home, the kingdom of God, with Him.
Over 5000 years ago on Janamashtmi, the Lord appeared at midnight. This is indeed a historical fact, but it also has a deeper significance. Midnight is the time of maximum darkness and from the moment the Lord appeared the darkness started diminishing. Similarly our heart is dark being afflicted by multiple anxieties and miseries. But in the darkest hour of our life, when we turn to the Lord and He appears in our heart, all the darkness recedes and the light of eternal hope starts streaming in. The Lord appeared in a prison cell amidst shackles and then freed His parents . This indicates that all of us who are shackled by our own self-destructive desires can be freed by the Lord who appears in our heart which is like a prison house.
In this age of Kali, we can very easily and effectively invoke the presence of the Lord in our heart by chanting His holy names like the Hare Krishna maha mantra. So let us experience the love, care, protection and happiness of Janmashtami ? the appearance of the Lord in our heart ? by devotedly chanting His holy names.
Investigating Reality from the Higher
Dimensional Perspective of Vedic Wisdom