KRISHNA: THE GREAT MASTER FROM INDIA.
The story of those three Masters is written with symbols. We cannot take their lives in a literal way. Ancient sages used to hide a special knowledge, with symbols and codes, for those ready to understand.
What can we learn from Lord Krishna? Did he really exist?
WHO WAS KRISHNA?
The Mahabharata (One of the two major Sanskrit epics of India) is a huge book: It could contain seven Iliads and seven Odysseys together. That book explains Krishna’s life and the Bhagavad Gita has the story of the war of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Right there Krishna explains what yoga is to Arjuna. Yes, there are other sources which talk about Krishna: The Harivamsa, the Bhagavata Purana and the Vishnu Purana.
Krishna is always depicted as a really venerable being and usually he is called: Lord. He and Rama were, according to the Hindu tradition, Avatars from Vishnu.
His life is full of great deeds and miracles. This is why some people doubt his existence. Remember: Skeptics will always defend their skepticism and believers will always defend their beliefs. The matter is not to be a skeptic or a believer; but to study with open mind and learn what it has to be learned.
BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD OF KRISHNA.
The prophesy pointed out Devi as the future mother of the killer of Kansas. Kansas sent Devi and his husband to jail. Devi gave birth to seven kids and all of them were killed by Kansas.
Vishnu appeared to Devi to let her know he will be born as her eighth son. This has to be symbolic because it does not make sense to wait seven births. The number eight is the same symbol as the infinite. Two circles which are together. This is a great symbolism of the infinite power of the divine: The eighth son!
Krishna was a messiah because people were waiting for him thanks to the prophecy. He was the incarnation of Vishnu, this means that he was a divine being. The king of Mathura tried to kill him when he was a baby. The same happened to Jesus-Christ, Moses and Zoroaster. Coincidence?
The King of Mathura sent different demons and beasts to kill Krishna when he was just a baby and when he was a kid. Nevertheless, the little divine kid defeat monsters, demons and beasts.
Krishna is depicted smiling all the time. He was always having a great aptitude and full of benevolence to his family and friends.
He was really wise and he was performing miracles since he was a kid and, according to the tales, he was teaching humans and gods. The same is said about Buddha.
SOME ANECDOTES FROM THE LIFE OF KRISHNA.
STEALING THE BUTTER:
It is said that Krishna loved butter and he was always trying to get it for him and his friends. His mother told him to stop from doing so; but he was moved because of his innocence and his love to his friends.
One day it is said a woman caught him stealing butter. She was the mother of one of his friends. She was so mad, so she took Krishan to his own mother. On the way there the infant transformed himself into the kid of that woman. When she was complaining about Krishna she noticed his own son and Krishna. She apologized and took his son away. Then the kid turned into Krishna again. So, he explained: Next time you take me to my mother I will become your husband.
The message is simple: When you feed someone you are feeding the divine. The Christ said: “Whatever you do to others you are doing to me.”
INDRA AND KRISHNA:
It is said that Indra, the god of rain and thunder, was becoming arrogant. One day, for example, his assistant came to tell him that the people from the village were doing a ritual to ask for rain. Indra told him, in an arrogant way, to send rain because they were worshiping him. He added that he was the most powerful god. A simple old man told him that he was becoming arrogant; but Indra did not care. So that sage warned him that his arrogance might destroy him; he added do not forget that I am your teacher (A teacher, in ancient times, was really respected)
So, in another occasion the people from the village were preparing everything for a ritual to ask for rain to Indra. Here Krishna came into action. He convinced the villagers to do the ritual for the mountain and not for Indra. They did so.
Indra’s assistant went to tell his Master about the situation. When Indra found out that the people were not worshiping him; but the mountain he got really angry. So, instead of sending a regular rain he commanded to send a storm with strong winds and thunders.
People got really worry about the storm. But Krishna did something really amazing. He lift up the mountain with “ONE FINGER” so everybody could go under it and be safe from the storm, the wind and the thunders.
Indra was told that Krishna was lifting the mountain to save the people. He got really furious. So, now Indra himself went to send the most powerful thunders he could create. But everything was in vain.
Finally Indra understood and he went all the way down to knee in front of Krishna. He asked for forgiveness and he told Krishna he forgot that all the power he (Indra) has is because of Krishna. Remember: Krishna is Vishnu, he is not a god; but (According to Hinduism) he is beyond the gods.
Vishnu is neither a god nor a man; but a man who becomes one with God and that is why Vishnu can incarnate in a human body. The first Christians had the same idea about the Christ. The Christ, for the first Christians, was not a god or angel and he was not a mortal being; but the Son of God, who is beyond the angels or Gods.
It is interesting that all the ancient traditions speak about gods and Christians are not an exception.
THE MOUTH OF KRISHNA:
Krishna was a baby and as all of them they take things to their mouth. Her mother saw him taking something to his mouth and she thought it could be harmful for him. So she asked him to open his mouth to see what was inside. Krishna opened it. His mother saw, inside of his mouth, the whole universe: Planets, galaxies, etc.
She faint, but when she came back she told her husband what she saw. Her husband told her that Krishna was not a regular baby. He remembered her that in an occasion some ladies gave him fruits and then everything they had in their baskets became gold. It was a way to say thanks for the fruit.
Well, nobody can have the whole universe in the mouth or in the whole body. But here it is an example that Krishna was the incarnation of Vishnu. The universe is a manifestation of him. In other way, everything that exists is only Maya and Vishnu or the Christ are beyond it.
KRISHNA AND THE SERPENT KALIYA!
One day, Krishna was playing ball with his friends. It is said the ball went in to the waters. But it happened so Krishna could go for it to find Kaliya, which was at the bottom of the river. The serpent fought against Krishna, but the little divine kid was fearless and finally he came out from the waters dancing on the hoods of the beast.
Here are three very important points to clarify:
1> What does Kaliya mean?
2> What is the meaning of the Garuda?
3> Why Krishna had to fight the serpent?
The horrible serpent Kaliya is an ancient symbol that represents the root of selfish desires. There are several myths where the serpent is related to the fall of men. The Bible, for example, tells in Genesis that a serpent told Eve to take the forbidden fruit. She did and brought the famous fruit to Adam. If both of them did not eat it, we might be in the paradise nowadays. That serpent, in a way, was the cause of the fall. Kaliya represents that serpent.
The Garuda is human-bird creature enemy of Kaliya; enemy of selfishness. It represents, in a way, love. The Holy Spirit, in the Bible, is represented as a white dove. Yes, a bird! Coincidence? I do not think so. Please note that the words dove and love are too similar.
Krishna is the killer of demons and beasts. Killing Kaliya was a need because he represents love. We could say something similar about Jesus-Christ too. Do not forget that the Christ and Vishnu are the same. Hinduism and Christianity have the same trinity. Please read my article: What are Brahma, Atman and the Trimurti? (Link at the bottom).
KRISHNA, THE GOPIS AND RADHA.
Radha was a very special girl. It is said she was awful, but she went to Krishna and full of love and devotion she cleaned his feet. Because of that Lord Krishna made her to become beautiful. May Magdalene cleaned Jesus-Christ’s feet too. He forgot her sins, representation of ugliness. In other words, he made her beautiful (Her soul). On the spiritual path there are not pretty or ugly people, but selfish and non-selfish ones. Selfishness makes people really ugly!
Radha became a very important woman in Krishna’s life. So did May Magdalene. Both follow their Master after that. No, it is not a coincidence. The message is the same. Vishnu always brings the same message in different incarnations.
It is not a mystery that Radha was Krishna’s love. They actually represent the perfect couple. There are ancient texts from the first Christians telling about a special relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. What is wrong with love? The idea that Mary Magdalene was a sinner makes people to reject her; but she was the main companion of the Lord. Al you have to do is to read the ancient texts from the first Christians.