Today is Lord Krishna’s birthday – a time of great celebration in the Hindu calendar.
That means plenty of parades, games, music, songs and a feast at midnight.
But as well as celebrating Lord Krishna, it is also a time to celebrate the presence of good, destruction of all things evil and the prevalence of goodwill.
Here are some quotes, messages and wishes to share with loved ones to spread that goodwill.
15 quotes to remember this Krishna Janmashtami
1) Experience cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting; they come and go. Bear them patiently – Bhaagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
2) And when immorality prevails, O Krishna, the women of the family become corrupted; when women are corrupted, social problems arise – Bhaagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
3) Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is – Bhaagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
4) It is better to perform one’s own duties imperfectly than to master the duties of another. By fulfilling the obligations he is born with, a person never comes to grief – Bhaagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
5) Krishna insisted on outer cleanliness and inner cleansing. Clean clothes and clean minds are an ideal combination – Sai Baba
6) The wise sees knowledge and action as one; they see truly – Bhaagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
7) The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it – Bhaagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
8) All of us are pleasure-seeking creatures. So you can say that directly or indirectly we are all seeking Krishna. Chanting Hare Krishna is a way of seeking Krishna directly – Author Unknown
9) Be fearless and pure; never waver in your determination or your dedication to the spiritual life. Give freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to serve…Learn to be detached and to take joy in renunciation. Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show good will to all. Cultivate vigor, patience, will, purity; avoid malice and pride. Then, you will achieve your destiny – Bhaagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
10) Perform your obligatory duty, because action is indeed better than inaction – Bhaagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
11) The disunited mind is far from wise; how can it meditate? How be at peace? When you know no peace, how can you know joy? – Bhaagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
12) Even though scolded by the wicked or insulted, ridiculed, calumniated, beaten, bound, robbed of his living or spat upon or otherwise abominabley treated by the ignorant-being thus variously shaken and placed in dire extremities, the man who desires his well-being should deliver himself by his own effort through patience and non-resistance – Bhaagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
13) Creation is only the projection into form of that which already exists – Bhaagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
14) O Krishna, the stillness of divine union which you describe is beyond my comprehension. How can the mind, which is so restless, attain lasting peace? Krishna, the mind is restless, turbulent, powerful, violent; trying to control it is like trying to tame the wind – Bhaagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
15) In battle, in the forest, at the precipice in the mountains, On the dark great sea, in the midst of javelins and arrows, In sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame, The good deeds a man has done before defend him – Bhaagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
Six poems to share with loved ones
1) The landscape of a sacred river, which speaks of a story,
The landscape of the life of Lord Krishna,
Krishna, the God of truth and courage,
Krishna , the smile of every living self around,
Krishna , the sound of eternity past lands,
Krishna the bearer of all that is sand and soul,
Krishna, the selfless warrior ,
Krishna, an armor less sculpture , victory residing in his eyes,
Krishna the epitome of love ,
Krishna , who lies in those remains deep down in the sea,
Krishna, past centuries residing in the hearts of millions,
Krishna , visible in the eyes of believers of his love,
Krishna embedded in the sound of every string, every rhythm, every breathe of mine.
– By Unnown
2) O! My Lord Krishna
I bow to Lotus Feet, which gives me eternal peace
I am incomplete without your compassion
you healed my heart when it was thrown and shattered
you picked me up when I struggled to get through
you gave me hope when it seemed so out of reach
I am nothing without you
Where ever I go, found not alone
your glorious touch was always with me
Nectar drop of Gita, feels presents of yours
O! my Lord Krishna show me the light on my path
Your Flute stirs the Universal Consciousness
And Gita enchants the Transcendental Consciousness
O! Lord of the whole Universe, Omnipotent Master of all
Grant me a glimpse of Thyself,Be pleased to come and live inside me
– By Karunakar Saroj
3) Christ, Buddha, Krishna or Ram
Focus too much on one man or his human words
Be it Christ, Buddha, Krishna or Ram
He is crucified! and the light is gone!!
If it can not be prevented
And help them be in peace in this world we call real,
Rules of the Heaven, subtle and known but to them,
Will lie hidden in mere words, empty as the sky, for ever.
– By Muraleedharan Koluthappallil
4) A Rainy Night in Ranikhet
Dark ,wet leaves part for my lantern. I hear
the hushed applause of rain on leaves,and
follow the welcome carpet of light unrolled
from the open door across the soft grass. Smoke
pours down from the chimney to embrace me.
Wet leaves cling to my shoes. Two rabbits
dance back and forth like happy children
and a face pale as the moon peers from
the door in greeting
– By Krishna Pachegaonkar
5) Nothing is really mine except Krishna.
Nothing is really mine except Krishna.
O my parents, I have searched the world
And found nothing worthy of love.
Hence I am a stranger amidst my kinfolk
And an exile from their company,
Since I seek the companionship of holy men;
There alone do I feel happy,
In the world I only weep.
I planted the creeper of love
And silently watered it with my tears;
Now it has grown and overspread my dwelling.
You offered me a cup of poison
Which I drank with joy.
Mira is absorbed in contemplation of Krishna,
She is with God and all is well!
– By Mirabai
6) Hari Krishna Cinquain
Rests on imaginary nails.
My body ‘neath moonlit willow trees,
The siren calling, “Hari Krishna!” Pulling the monk
Under dreams of harmony and peace, to place
Love back in it’s proper hierarchy.
Tossing his silken gown,
– By Chloe Sayre
Eight messages to send friends and family
1) May this Janmashtami bring happiness in your life and hatred will be far apart from your life.
Enjoy the festival with love on ur heart and good wishes for others.
Jai Shri Krishna
2) May Lord Krishna’s flute invite the melody of love into your life.
May Radhaji’s love teach not only how to love but to love eternaly
3) May Natkhat Nandlal always make your life
colourful with lively pranks that keep you on
your toes and instills and evokes child-like
traits in you, at all times
4) May Lord Krishna always shower
His blessings on you, and may every year
Janmashtami bring lots of happiness
for you and your family
5) Let’s celebrate Lord Krishna’s Birth.
Sending you my heartfelt good wishes on
this auspicious day of Janmashtami
6) May the Natkhat Nand Lal always give you
happiness, health and prosperity and may you
find peace in Krishna consciousness
7) May Lord Krishna steal all your tensions
and worries on this Janmashtami
and give you all the love, peace and happiness
8) May Lord Krishna drizzle the entire
benediction on you and your family
on the festival of Janmashtami
Source: Funballl / Drikpangchang
Krishna Janmashtami: Everything you need to know
When is Krishna Janmashtami?
This year Krishna Janmashtami falls on August 14.
In the Hindu calendar the festival always falls on Ashtami, which is the eighth day of Krishna Pasha – or the waning moon.
This is usually in either July or August.
What is Janmashtami all about?
It’s a birthday celebration! Yes, Janmashtami is all about marking the birthday of Lord Krishna.
It’s usually a day long thing with festivities peaking at midnight to simulate the dark and windy conditions of when he was born.
Lord Krishna is important to Hindus as he is considered to be the eight incarnation of Lord Vishnu – the supreme god.
And because Lord Krishna was the eighth, it is believed this makes him the destroyer of evil (Krishna means ‘dark’) and one of the most powerful incarnations.
For this reason Janmashtami is all about celebrating the presence of good, the destruction of all things evil and the prevalence of goodwill. The idea being that this will lead to unity.
What’s the story of Lord Krishna then?
Lord Krishna was born in the sacred city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, to his parents Princess Devaki and Vasudeva.
Princess Devaki, who was the sister of King Kansa, was married to Vasudeva in a grand ceremony but when the King learned of a prophesy that their ‘eighth son’ would cause his death, he threw the pair in prison.
The merciless King then wreaked havoc on the city, causing great misery and peril.
He killed six babies that his sister Princess Devaki had, but legend has it that a seventh child was magically transferred to the womb of Princess Rohini in Vrindavan, while they told the King she had miscarried. This child grew up to become Balram – the eldest brother of Lord Krishna.
When Lord Krishna, the eighth son was born, his father took him away to be raised instead by his father’s friend Nanda.
It is said that the Gods guided Vasudeva as he carried the baby Lord Krishna in a basket on his head through a frightening thunderstorm and heavy rainfall. Devotees believe the snake god, Shesh Nag, helped protect the father and son during this journey.
When he arrived, he exchanged the baby for Nanda’s own child, a baby girl, who the family hoped the king wouldn’t kill as the prophesy stated his death would be at the hand of the ‘eighth son’.
But the king did try to kill the girl, tossing her against some rocks but she is said to have risen up into the air afterwards and taken the form of Goddess Durga where she delivered another warning about his death.
Meanwhile, Lord Krishna grew up in Gokul, living with Nanda and his wife Yashoda until he was fully grown. At this time he returned to the city and killed the king.
Where is it celebrated?
All over India, especially in the north, south and west.
Big celebrations will take part in Mathura as this is believed to be where Lord Krishna was born on a dark and windy night.
Legend has it that he lived there as well as in Kurukshetra, Vrindavan and Dwarka for 5,000 years with dozens of stories written about his time in those places.
How is it celebrated?
Hindus marking Janmashtami celebrate by fasting throughout the day and breaking the fast at midnight.
Scriptures are usually read as well as songs of devotion being sung by worshippers and great parades being held in dozens of cities.
Lord Krishna is often depicted in a cradle with ceremonies and celebrations held around him. This baby Krishna or ‘Nand Gopal’ is sometimes bathed in milk and honey and dressed in new clothes.
The following day a list of 56 foods is usually collected, known as the ‘Chappan Bhog’ which is used as an offering.
Foods found in this offering often include: makhan mishri,kheer, rasgulla, jalebi, rabri, mathri, malpua, mohanbhog, chutney, murabba, saag, dahi, Khichadi, tikkis, milk, and cashews.