“Dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge”
Janmashtami, Dahi Handi, Krishna Ashtami, Gokul Ashtami
is the celebration of the appearance of Lord Shri Krishna. Shri Krishna—the god of love, compassion and tenderness is the pivotal character of The Mahabharata, one of the oldest epics of Indian Civilization. He taught many lessons and those were mostly by his own actions as we get to know by going through this epic. His teachings are infinite and innumerable as His names and forms. Teachings those were simple yet meaningful. With the advent of time we forget those essential lessons and often complain about our lives, get struck in the way to overcome those adversities and feel helpless. We constantly question ourselves in almost every act we perform, there is a war in our mind before we take any decision or may be it continues even after that! Similar was the situation of Arjuna in The Epic War of Kurukshetra when he was in the dilemma to fight against his own family clan. He was paralyzed into inaction, questioning himself the futility of killing his own relatives, wondering what good the War will serve if half of his own people end up lying dead! That’s when Shree Krishna intervened as Arjuna’s friend and philosopher and delivered his wisdom that steered him into action. The verses uttered by Shri Krishna to Arjuna on the Battlefield were the ones in The Bhagavad Gita which can be looked upon as ‘manual of life’. It teaches us not only of better management but also in becoming greater person.
On this eve of Janmashtami let us recollect some of those lessons to lead a happy and righteous life. Our heart when becomes dark being afflicted with anxieties and miseries, turn to Him and all the darkness recedes with the streaming in of rays of hope. ‘We seek for love, care, protection, happiness, which is what Janmashtami brings- the appearance of the Deity in our hearts’.
- On any situation we must have a calm, clear and collected mind to have a precision of a condition. We can do this either by meditating or by distancing ourselves from the situation mentally. The more we think of a certain thing by getting involved, the more it makes us numb creating confusion. The solution to this is to have a bird’s-eye view on it.
- Distancing ourselves does not mean to aloof from work. We must do what is to be done with utmost dedication. No matter how much difficulties we come across, we should not swerve from our duties.
- While performing our duties, we often expect a little too much of the results and its consequences. Our efforts will be of greater pleasure if we realize that we indeed have little control over the outcome and only focus on the act we do. If we give up on the results, then will be able to appreciate the outcomes and the rewards more.
- Before undertaking any action we must think how strongly we feel for it. An act must be done with conviction. Faith is something which will provoke us in doing the act up to any extent and never fear of the failure.
- Life brings joy and sorrow, happiness and sadness, success and failure. But in all conditions what we must practice is equanimity. Nothing is permanent. Today’s success does not guarantee tomorrow’s happiness. But even-mindedness helps us in dealing all the situations bravely. Being too emotional doesn’t help in any case.
- We need to fight for what we think is right- which was also endorsed by Mahatma Gandhi.
- Being kind, generous and humble doesn’t work in life. We must know how life works.
- We must be aware of the bad company. Sometimes enemies come in the form of friends. They can ruin our lives beyond imagination and to the extent we can never recover from. The worst thing is that we forget ourselves who we used to be.
- We must love and believe in our friends and families unconditionally. Loyalty, which is rarely found today must be practiced to a greater extent, irrespective of the caste, race. We must protect our friends and families especially when it is in our power to do so.
- Learning through life’s experience is the best gift we can reward ourselves. Many things come across our lives and we must grasp whatever life has to offer. One must live life by ‘seizing the day’; by living in the present, neither worrying about the future nor weeping for the past.