Lord Krishna: Our Saviour
Sri Krishna is the 8th avatar of Sri Vishnu who took avatar during Dwapar Yug. He was born to Vasudev and Devki but was separated after birth from them. Vasudev exchanged Krishna with the baby of Yashoda Maiya to keep Him away from His cruel Mama, Kans who was the king of Mathura.
There was once a conversation between Sri Krishna and Karn before the battle. Sri Krishna tried to convince Karn to join the Pandav’s as he was the eldest son of Kunti.
Karn asks Krishna – “My mother left me the moment I was born. Is it my fault I was born as an illegitimate child? I did not get an education from Dhronacharya because I was considered a non-Kshatriya. Parshuram taught me but then gave me the curse to forget everything since I was a kshatriya. A cow was accidentally hit by my arrow & its owner cursed me for no fault of mine. I was disgraced in Draupadi’s swayamvar. Even Kunti finally told me the truth only to save her other sons. Whatever I received was through Duryodhan’s charity. So how am I wrong in taking Duryodhan’s side?”
Krishna replies to,”Karn, I was born in a jail. Death was waiting for me even before my birth. The night I was born I was separated from my birth parents. From childhood, you grew up hearing the noise of swords, chariots, horses, bow, and arrows. I got only cow herd’s shed, dung and multiple attempts on my life been ended even before I could walk! No army, no education. I could hear people saying I am the reason for all their problems. When all of you were being appreciated for your valor by your teachers, I had not even received any education.
I joined the gurukul of Rishi Sandipani only at the age of 16! You are married to a girl of your choice. I didn’t get the girl I loved and rather ended up marrying those who wanted me or the ones I rescued from demons. I had to move my whole community from the banks of Yamuna to far off seashore, to save them from Jarasandh. I was called a coward for running away.
If Duryodhan wins the war, you will get a lot of credit. What do I get if Yudhishthir wins the war? Only the blame for the war and all related problems. Remember one thing, Karn…Everybody has challenges in life.
LIFE IS NOT FAIR ON ANYBODY. Duryodhan and Yudhishthir both faced many circumstances in life which were unfair. But what is Right (Dharma) is known to your mind (Conscience).
No matter how much unfairness we have got, how many times we were disgraced, how many times we were denied what was due to us, what is important is how you REACTED at that moment.
This Krishna Janamastmi, let us remember this conversation and more importantly the lesson which we are taught here. We are all facing our own demons but that doesn’t mean that what someone else is facing is any less. Bhagawan gives problems to face as He knows the true amount of strength that we have even though we doubt ourselves.
Let us take the lessons and life skills which we learnt during Gita week and start a fresh journey on the birth of Sri Krishna. He will show you the way in your life like the way He showed Arjun on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Wishing you all a blessed and joyous Krishna Janamastmi from the Minority Front team.