Sri Krishna Janmasthami

Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami tithi, the eighth day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Shraavana. Sri Krishna is considered as the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu's.


Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used to ecstatically enjoy himself in the worship of the Goddess in the temple built by Rani Rasamani. One night thieves broke into the temple and carried away all the jewels on the idol of Krishna in the temple. With a view to carrying on his regular priestly duties, he went to Rani Rasamani’s nephew, Mathuranath, and told him, "Sir, thieves have stollen all the jewels on the idol." Mathuranath was angry and proceeded with Ramakrishna to the temple. Losing his temper and balance of mind, he burst out anger, "Oh Krishna! Are you not ashamed of yourself? If you are not able to protect your jewels on your own idol, how are you going to protect the whole world? Were you paralysed when the thieves were carrying away the Jewels? Or were you asleep? This is a disgrace to you Divinity."

Hearing these words, Sri Ramakrishna said, "Mathuranath! Shut your mouth! For the sake of your petty jewels and trinkets, is this the way you should berate God? When the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, is the consort of the Lord, why do you get so agitated over the loss of a few trivial ornaments? The Lord can have no such petty feelings. You are feeling so much for the action of a few thieves who loved some jewels and came to the Lord to get them. It is because of your love for jewels that you are getting distressed so much. But the Lord has no desires. He is ready to give himself away. God is prepared to offer himself. Such a one, will He be worried about this petty loss? Hence, change your vision. Do not comment on God." At these words Mathuranath felt ashamed of himself.

Then Ramakrishna sat near the idol of Sri Krishna and prayed, "Krishna! As long as one is caught up in the coils of the world, he will speak like an intoxicated man. Only when he gets immersed in God will he oblivious to himself. Therefore, do not let ourself get intoxicated. Confer on me the boon of self forgetfulness." This is what is meant by the saying, "The knower of Brahman becomes Brahman himself." When one experiences the Divine, he sees the Divine in everything". 

While Naren was by the bedside of the master, a couple of days before His Mahasamadhi, a thought arose if the master was really an incarnation of God and wished for its confirmation from the master Himself. The master replied, "O my Naren, are you still not convinced? He who was Rama and Krishna is now Ramakrishna in this body-but not from the standpoint of your Vedanta"


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