Thursday, December 14, 2006


Part 2- The Birth of Krishna

If you haven`t already read my last post, it might be worth reading it before reading this last part. This is a continuation from my last post. As I mentioned before, I hope you enjoy reading about Lord Krishma, the Hindu God, who means to them what Jesus Christ means to many of us in our religions. If someone reading this believes in a still different religious God in their Nationality, I would be interested in knowing about it also. If only all Religions better understood all other Religions, we might find Peace all over the world. Would,nt that be great for all of us.
Now, for more on the Birth:

The birth of Krishna is in itself a transcendental phenomenon that generates awe among the Hindus and overwhelms one and all with its supra mundane happenings.
Mother Earth, unable to bear the burden of sins committed by evil kings and rulers, appealed to Brahma, the Creator for help. Brahma prayed to the Supreme Lord Vishnu, who assured him that he would soon be born on earth to annihilate tyrannical forces.
One such evil force was Kamsa, the ruler of Mathura (in northern India) and his people were utterly terrified of him. On the day Kamsa's sister Devaki was married off to Vasudeva, an akashvani or voice from the sky was heard prophesying that Devaki's 8th son would be the destroyer of Kamsa. The frightened Kamsa immediately unsheathed his sword to kill his sister but Vasudeva intervened and implored Kamsa to spare his bride, and promised to hand over every new born child to him. Kamsa relented but imprisoned both Devaki and her husband Vasudeva.
When Devaki gave birth to her first child, Kamsa came to the prison cell and slaughtered the newborn. In this way, he killed the first six sons of Devaki. Even before her 8th child was born, Devaki and Vasudeva started lamenting its fate and theirs. Then suddenly Lord Vishnu appeared before them and said he himself was coming to rescue them and the people of Mathura. He asked Vasudeva to carry him to the house of his friend, the cowherd chief Nanda in Gokula right after his birth, where Nanda's wife Yashoda had given birth to a daughter. He was to exchange his boy and bring Yashoda's baby daughter back to the prison. Vishnu assured them that "nothing shall bar your path".
At midnight on ashtami, the divine baby was born in Kamsa's prison. Remembering the divine instructions, Vasudeva clasped the child to his bosom and started for Gokula, but found that his legs were in chains. He jerked his legs and was unfettered! The massive iron-barred doors unlocked and opened up.
While crossing river Yamuna, Vasudeva held his baby high over his head. The rain fell in torrents and the river was in spate. But the water made way for Vasudeva and miraculously a five-mouthed snake followed him from behind and provided shelter over the baby.
When Vasudeva reached Gokula, he found the door of Nanda's house open. He exchanged the babies and hurried back to the prison of Kamsa with the baby girl. Early in the morning, all the people at Gokula rejoiced the birth of Nanda's beautiful male child. Vasudeva came back to Mathura and as he entered, the doors of the prison closed themselves.
When Kamsa came to know about the birth, he rushed inside the prison and tried to kill the baby. But this time it skipped from his hand and reaching the sky. She was transformed into the goddess Yogamaya, who told Kansa: "O foolish! What will you get by killing me? Your nemesis is already born somewhere else."
In his youth Krishna killed Kansa along with all his cruel associates, liberated his parents from prison, and reinstated Ugrasen as the King of Mathura.
The Enigma of KrishnaKrishna was dark and extremely handsome. The word Krishna literally means 'black', and black also connotes mysteriousness. For generations if Krishna has been an agonising enigma to some, he has put millions into ecstasies.
Whether he was a human being or a God-incarnate, there is no gainsaying the fact that he has been ruling the hearts of millions for over three millennia. In the words of Swami Harshananda, "If a person can affect such a profound impact on the Hindu race affecting its psyche and ethos and all aspects of its life for centuries, he is no less than God."

I did copy this exactly as I found it on the net, so hope it does justice to the Hindu Religion.

and religion is just a wall.and rituals are just repitations..
it is those..people(say gods..) like jesus or krishna..make us dream..For that dream i luv them both...
Swagatham, dot !

Though I am not a Hindu, I appreciate your universal mind.

Very few people would do that.

'nannee', dot !
Neer.., I believe what we believe in makes us better people. I did enjoy learning more about your religion.
Jac, I once asked how to say "you are welcome". Is that what swagatham means, or is it something else for me to know?
Does "nannee" mean Thanks in your Language like nandi did in India?
'Swagatham' is a south Indian word but in Hindi is said as 'swagath'
Swagatham means welcome.

When you speak about India, you have to remember that there are more than 33 languages with proper scripts (may be more)

The person who taught you the word ‘Nandi’ is from south India (who ever it is).
South India consists of four states called Tamilnadu, Andhrapradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. They too have 4 different languages.
The teacher who taught you that word is logically from Kerala. But it is pronounced as 'NANNI'.
In Tamilnadu it should be 'NANDRI'
Sorry, I forgot to answer your main question.
'nanni' means thanks to be precise.
Nanni Jac.
Religion is hope for those who have nothing but dreams of peace.
Very nice post Dot.
I think all religion is based on good intentions.

Have a Merry Christmas to you and your whole family :)
Thank you Walker and a very Merry Christmas to you.
I believe that all Religions are wonderful in all Languages and Countries. It`s not the Religion that causes problems, but those who interpret it to suit themself that often cause the problems.
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