VRAJA RAJA SUTAM ASTAKAM

Complexion that conquers storm clouds gathering
Lord of lovers and great sea of all ecstasies
Peacock plume in his crown angled auspiciously
Worship Krishna dark jewel son of Vrindavan’s king ||1||

His eyebrows like rainbows both broadly bending
A million full moons fail to match his beauty
Sparkling speech on his lips ever smiling sweetly
Worship Krishna dark jewel son of Vrindavan’s king. ||2||

Due to Cupid’s confusions his limbs shivering,
Ever dazzlingly dressed for Vrindavan’s delight
Like two blue lotus blossoms his eyes shining bright
Worship Krishna dark jewel son of Vrindavan’s king ||3||

He whose ears are embellished by shark shaped earrings
Curling fringe frames his forehead of fairest beauty
Yellow silk hangs on hips that sway gracefully
Worship Krishna dark jewel son of Vrindavan’s king ||4||

On his ankles are bells which bewitchingly ring
Jingling gems driving bees fully into frenzy
Thunderbolt, fish and flag on his feet there we see
Worship Krishna dark jewel son of Vrindavan’s king ||5||

Sandalwood smeared upon his body so charming
Glowing with the Kaustubha eclipsing the sun
Among Braja’s bright youths the most brilliant one
Worship Krishna dark jewel son of Vrindavan’s king ||6||

Crest jewel of all lords, leading every being
Praised by sages and devas Mukunda Hari
Giridhari Murari to Shambhu supreme.
Worship Krishna dark jewel son of Vrindavan’s king ||7||

With Sri Radha forever in love revelling
Seen impeccably dressed as the best enjoyer
Within all of the worlds most exalted master
Worship Krishna dark jewel son of Vrindavan’s king ||8||

Lord Krishna on Life, Death and Soul

Death is not its end because it is eternal

Death is a momentary respite

The wind does not end with the breath

Man is first a child then a youth..

And then an old man.

Then Death

This is the journey of the body

The Soul goes beyond that

It moves from one body to another

The journey which ends with death is that of the body.

The Soul’s journey is eternal

The body is left behind and the Soul moves on..

… assuming a new body…

… just like we discard old
clothes, for new

Why grieve when the Soul cannot be destroyed?

Why grieve the destruction of the body?

The body is not eternal, It is to be discarded

It is the Soul which is eternal

What is Being and Not Being?

There never was a Time when all of us…

… did not exist

Nor a Time when all of us…

… will not exist

why do you feel that this life is the complete life?

This is not a complete life

We were, we are and we will be

As for happiness and sorrow, what of it?

Like seasons, they come and go

Those who are unmoved by happiness and sorrow…

… those who remain uninfluenced by them…

.. are worthy of salvation

Be free from the doubts of killing and killed

Only those who are born can die

The Soul is beyond Time

The body is born, not the Soul

If the Soul is not born how can it die?

The Soul exists, That’s all!

It spans Time from end to end

It is unborn, eternal and holy

It is indestructible and without flow

So, do not worry about killing and being killed

Only the body dies and…

… even after its death the Soul does not die

Weapons cannot kill it, fire cannot burn it…

… water cannot dissolve it or the wind dry it

(SOURCE : BHAGAVAD GEETA)

KRISHNA ASHTAKAM :

The only ornation of Vraj, who destroys every sin (among us), who is continuous bliss for his devotees, and who is dear one of Nanda. I bow to naughty little Kanha (my nickname is kanha 👻😛), who has beautiful bunch of peacock feathers on head, who has a sweet sounding flute in hands, and who is inseparable from God and is full of colorful actions.||1||

I bow to the lotus eyed one, whose beauty slays the pride of Kamdev, who has fulsome lips and beautiful big eyes, who removed the thoughts of obstacles from cow rearers (gopa). I bow to head-elephant like carefree Krishna, who lifted a mountain in his lotus like hands, whose smile and gaze is enticing, and who slayed the pride of Indra. ||2||

I bow to Krishna, who is hard to get, who has beautiful earrings made of flowers of kadamba tree, who has two beautiful cheeks, who is only dear one of land of Vraj. I bow to Krishna as cow rearing leader, who is Supreme bliss when viewed with Yashoda, cow rearers and Nanda. ||3||

I bow to the son of Nanda, whose lotus feet is always immersed in the maan sarovar like Lake of my mind, who has beautiful curls falling upon his face. I bow to the delight of Nanda. Who is absolver of all defeats (in us), who looks after everyone in this world, and who is the heart of every Gopa or cow rearer. ||4||

I bow to heart stealer, who relieved Earth of heavy weight (of humans), who is support for us to cross the ocean of life and death, who is the young son of Yashoda. I bow to the son of Nand, who has beautiful glancing eyes, who is always accompanied by bumble bees, and who appears new to his devotees, everytime, and leaves them mesmerized. ||5||

I bow to the dear one of Gopas, who is the abode of qualities, mercy and happiness, and does not needs any mercy from anyone, and who relived the problems of demi gods. I bow to cloud colored beautiful one, who is a new cowherd rearer and playful, who is always thinking of new ways to mesmerize the mortals, and who is wearing yellow lighting like robes. ||6||

I bow to Krishna, who roamed amidst the gardens of Vraj, who is dear to every cow rearer in Vraj, who is only happiness for heart, and who has a sun like resplendent face. I bow to krishna, who is the leader of everyone in gardens of Vraj, who is desireless but fulfills desire of everyone, whose glances are like beautiful enticing arrows, and who sings mesmerizing tunes over flute. ||7||

I bow to the consort of Laxmi, who slept in the bed like dreams of young gopikas in Vraj, who swallowed the forest and golden fire inside Vraj to save his fellows, who is surrounded by the divine glow, who is decorated in every way, and who gave moksha to Gajendra, the elephant king. ||8||

O Lord, whenever or wherever I am born, May I be immersed in your beautiful ornate stories. Whomsoever sings the two Krishnashtaka (this one and one more by Shankaracharya), and meditates on it shall be born with Krishna bhakti in every life. ||9||

SRI JAGANNATHASTAKAM

With songs and sweet music, strolling gaily through groves, by the Kalindi.
A bee seeking nectar from the lotus-like faces of the gopis.
Praising him are Shiva, Brahma, Indra, Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi.
Jagannatha Swami, Lord of all beings, be visible to me. ||1||

Sporting fine silken cloth, peacock plumes on his head, a flute in his hand.
Sending sidelong glances at his dear devotees, who around him stand,
Most pleased with these pastimes performed in Vrindavan dhama eternally.
Jagannatha Swami, Lord of all beings, be visible to me. ||2||

Standing on the seashore, a blue-spired palace is golden glowing.
There with Balabhadra, and sister Subhadra, he is bestowing
on all pious persons his personal service opportunity.
Jagannatha Swami, Lord of all beings, be visible to me. ||3||

A great sea of mercy, beautifully blackish like the thunder clouds.
A flawless full lotus, pleased by the mild anger shown by Lakshmi’s words.
Worshipped by the Vedas, the sages and the gods in sweet eulogy.
Jagannatha Swami, Lord of all beings, be visible to me. ||4||

Brahmins present praises and prayers of pure love when he mounts his cart.
Hearing those hymns as he rides along the road he is pleased at heart.
Ocean of compassion, caring for all creatures, along with Lakshmi.
Jagannatha Swami, Lord of all beings, be visible to me. ||5||

Eyes like lotus petals, the crest jewel crowning supreme transcendence.
Feet atop Ananta, adorning Niladri; regal residence.
Ever in ecstasy, for the rapturous embrace of Radharani.
Jagannatha Swami, Lord of all beings, be visible to me. ||6||

Most certainly I ask not for a kingdom, gold, gems or great riches.
Nor do I desire a beautiful wife, as any man wishes.
I long for only he, of whom Shiva ever sings the great glory
Jagannatha Swami, Lord of all beings, be visible to me. ||7||

Dear Lord of all gods please remove soon my useless life of worldliness.
Destroy my stock of sins that expands without end causing deep distress.
O Yadu Lord, surely, for the fallen and poor your two feet are free.
Jagannatha Swami, Lord of all beings, be visible to me. ||8||

The self-retrained, virtuous soul who recites these eight verses glorifying Lord Jagannatha becomes cleansed of all sins and duly proceeds to Lord Vishnu’s abode.

Krishna Ashtottaram

Lord Sri Krishna is the eighth of the Dashavataras but according to Srimad Bhagavatam He is not an avatar but He is Swayam Bhagavan, the original source of all incarnations. He is para-brahma and He is the Supreme Personality.

The below prayers can be recitate daily by offering flowers or Tulasi to Krishna. It contains 108 Names of Krishna taken from Vishnu Sahasranama.

ॐ श्री कृष्णाय नमः
oṁ śrī kṛṣṇāya namaḥ || 1 ||
Obeisance to Lord Shri Krishna, who has a dark, attractive complexion, who attracts the mind of others (i.e. ‘karshati iti’)

ॐ कमलनाथाय नमः
oṁ kamala-nāthāya namaḥ || 2 ||
the Lord of Goddess Lakṣmī, Kamalā,

ॐ वासुदॆवाय नमः
oṁ vāsudevāya namaḥ || 3 ||
Vasudeva’s son

ॐ सनातनाय नमः
oṁ sanātanāya namaḥ || 4 ||
the eternal Lord

ॐ वासुदॆवात्मजाय नमः
oṁ vāsudevātmajāya namaḥ || 5 ||
Salutations to Vāsudeva (Vāsudev’s son, Krishna)

ॐ पुण्याय नमः
oṁ puṇyāya namaḥ || 6 ||
the Meritorious One, who is consummate piety

ॐ लीलामानुष विग्रहाय नमः
oṁ līlā-mānuṣa-vigrahāya namaḥ || 7 ||
who has assumed a human-like form (as Rama or Krishna) to perform His divine pastimes

ॐ श्रीवत्स कौस्तुभधराय नमः
oṁ śrīvatsa-kaustubha-dharāya namaḥ || 8 ||
the Lord who wears the Shri Vatsa (representing Shri Lakshmi) and the Kaustubha gem

ॐ यशॊदावत्सलाय नमः
oṁ yaśodā-vatsalāya namaḥ || 9 ||
Mother Yashoda’s darling child, the object of Yashoda’s maternal affections

ॐ हरये नमः ॥ १० ॥
oṁ haraye namaḥ || 10 ||
Salutations to Lord Hari

ॐ चतुर्भुजात्त चक्रासिगदा शङ्खाम्बुजा युदायुजाय नमः
oṁ caturbhujātta cakrāsi gadā śaṅkhāmbujā yudāyujāya namaḥ || 11 ||
the Four-armed Lord who carries the weapons of disc, conch, club and lotus

ॐ दॆवाकीनन्दनाय नमः
oṁ devakī-nandanāya namaḥ || 12 ||
One who gladdens the heart of His Mother, Devaki and brings joy to her.

ॐ श्रीशाय नमः
oṁ śrīśāya namaḥ || 13 ||
the abode of Shri (Lakshmi)

ॐ नन्दगॊप प्रियात्मजाय नमः
oṁ nanda-gopa-priyātmajāya namaḥ || 14 ||
Nanda Gopa’s darling child, dear son of the cowherd Nanda

ॐ यमुनावेग संहारिणॆ नमः
oṁ yamunā-vega-saṁhāriṇe namaḥ || 15 ||
the Lord who checked the flow of the Yamunā

ॐ बलभद्र प्रियनुजाय नमः
oṁ bala-bhadra-priyānujāya namaḥ || 16 ||
Balabhadra’s (Balarama’s) dear younger brother

ॐ पूतनाजीवित हराय नमः
oṁ pūtana-jīvita-harāya namaḥ || 17 ||
the Destroyer of the demoness Putana

ॐ शकटासुर भञ्जनाय नमः
oṁ śakaṭāsura-bhañjanāya namaḥ || 18 ||
the Lord who destroyed the cart demon Sakatasura

ॐ नन्दव्रज जनानन्दिनॆ नमः
oṁ nanda-vraja-janānandine namaḥ || 19 ||
the Lord who brought great happiness to Nanda and the people of Vraja

ॐ सच्चिदानन्द विग्रहाय नमः ॥ २० ॥
oṁ saccid-ānanda-vigrahāya namaḥ || 20 ||
the Lord who’s embodiment is of eternal Existence, Knowlwdge and Bliss

ॐ नवनीत विलिप्ताङ्गाय नमः
oṁ navanīta-viliptāṅgāya namaḥ || 21 ||
the Lord whose body is smeared all over with butter

ॐ नवनीत नटनाय नमः
oṁ navanīta naṭanāya namaḥ || 22 || (naṭāya)
the One who danced to get butter

ॐ अनघाय नमः
oṁ anaghāya namaḥ || 23 ||
the sinless One

ॐ नवनीतनवाहाराय नमः
oṁ navanīta-navā-hārāya namaḥ || 24 || (navanīta-harāya)
whose first food was fresh butter

ॐ मुचुकुन्द प्रसादकाय नमः
oṁ mucukunda-prasādakāya namaḥ || 25 ||
the Lord who blessed (gave salvation) to King Muchukunda

ॐ षॊडशस्त्री सहस्रॆशाय नमः
oṁ ṣoḍaśastrī-sahasreśāya namaḥ || 26 ||
the Lord of sixteen thousand wives

ॐ त्रिभङ्गिनॆ मधुराकृतये नमः
oṁ tribhaṅgine madhurākṛtaye namaḥ || 27 || (Tribhangi Lalitakritaye)
the sweet lord, who poses in a threefold-bending form

ॐ शुकवागमृताब्धीन्दवे नमः
oṁ śukavāg-amṛtābdhīndave namaḥ || 28 ||
the ocean of nectar in the form of Sukadeva’s words (spoken as Srimad-Bhagavatam)

ॐ गॊविन्दाय नमः
oṁ govindāya namaḥ || 29 ||
the Lord of the cows

ॐ यॊगिनाम्पतयॆ नमः ॥ ३० ॥
oṁ yoginām-pataye namaḥ || 30 ||
the Lord of the yogIs

ॐ वत्सपालना संचारिने नमः
oṁ vatsapālanā sancārine namaḥ || 31 || (vatsavāṭi carāya – वत्सवाटचराय )
the Lord who roamed (in Vrindavana) with the company of calves and friendly cowherd boys

ॐ अनन्ताय नमः
oṁ anantāya namaḥ || 32 ||
the Unlimited, Infinite One

ॐ धेनुकासुरभञ्जनाय नमः
oṁ dhenukāsura-bhañjanāya namaḥ || 33 || (mardanāya – मर्दनाय)
the Lord who killed the ass-demon Dhenukasura

ॐ तृणी कृत तृणावर्ताय नमः
oṁ tṛṇī-kṛta-tṛṇāvartāya namaḥ || 34 ||
the Lord who destroyed the whirlwind demon Trinavarta

ॐ यमलार्जुन भञ्जनाय नमः
oṁ yamaḷārjuna-bhañjanāya namaḥ || 35 ||
the Lord who broke the two Yamala-Arjuna trees

ॐ उत्तलॊत्ताल भॆत्रॆ नमः (उत्ताल-ताल)
oṁ uttālottāla-bhetre namaḥ || 36 || (uttāla-tāla)
the Lord who broke all the big, tAla trees (killing Dhenuka)

ॐ तमाल श्यामलाकृतये नमः
oṁ tamāla śyāmalākṛtaye namaḥ || 37 ||
the Lord who is a beautiful blackish as the dark Tamala tree

ॐ गॊपगॊपीश्वराय नमः
oṁ gopa-gopīśvarāya namaḥ || 38 ||
The Lord of the gopas and gopīs (the cowherd boys and damsels of Vrindavan)

ॐ यॊगिनॆ नमः
oṁ yogine namaḥ || 39 ||
the greatest Yogī

ॐ कॊटिसूर्य समप्रभाय नमः ॥ ४० ॥
oṁ koṭi-sūrya-sama-prabhāya namaḥ || 40 ||
the Lord who is as lustrous as a million suns

ॐ इलापतयॆ नमः
oṁ iḷā-pataye namaḥ || 41 ||
Lord of IlA, the earth

ॐ परस्मै ज्योतिषे नमः
oṁ parasmai-jyotiṣe namaḥ || 42 || (parañjyotiṣe – परञ्ज्यॊतिषॆ)
the Supreme light, the Supreme Radiance

ॐ यादवॆन्द्राय नमः
oṁ yādavendrāya namaḥ || 43 ||
the king of the Yadu clan (Yadavas)

ॐ यदूद्वहाय नमः
oṁ yadu-dvahāya namaḥ || 44 ||
the preeminent leader of the Yadu Dynasty

ॐ वनमालिनॆ नमः
oṁ vanamāline namaḥ || 45 ||
One who wears the divine garland made of wild forest flowers (Vaijayanthi)

ॐ पीतवाससे नमः
oṁ pīta-vāsase namaḥ || 46 || (pītavāsane)
the Lord who wears yellow garments

ॐ पारिजातपहारकाय नमः
oṁ pārijāta-apahārakāya namaḥ || 47 ||
the Lord who removed the parijatha flower (from India’s garden)

ॐ गोवर्धनाचलोद्धर्त्रे नमः
oṁ govardhanācaloddhartre namaḥ || 48 ||
the Lord who held up the Govardhana mountain

ॐ गॊपालाय नमः
oṁ gopālāya namaḥ || 49 ||
the protector of cows, Gopāla

ॐ सर्वपालकाय नमः ॥ ५० ॥
oṁ sarva-pālakāya namaḥ || 50 ||
the protector of all beings

ॐ अजाय नमः
oṁ ajāya namaḥ || 51 ||
the all-victorious Lord who is unconquered/ invincible,

ॐ निरञ्जनाय नमः
oṁ nirañjanāya namaḥ || 52 ||
the unblemished, untainted Lord

ॐ कामजनकाय नमः
oṁ kāma-janakāya namaḥ || 53 ||
who incites the gopIs desires

ॐ कञ्जलॊचनाय नमः
oṁ kañja-locanāya namaḥ || 54 ||
the Lord who has beautiful eyes

ॐ मधुघ्नॆ नमः
oṁ madhughne namaḥ || 55 ||
the Lord who killed the demon Madhu

ॐ मथुरानाथाय नमः
oṁ mathurā-nāthāya namaḥ || 56 || (madhurānāthāya)
Lord of Mathurā (the Lord of sweetnes)

ॐ द्वारकानायकाय नमः
oṁ dvārakā-nāyakāya namaḥ || 57 ||
the hero and Lord of Dvārakā

ॐ बलिनॆ नमः
oṁ baline namaḥ || 58 ||
To the all-powerful Lord, the One with unlimited strength

ॐ बृन्दावनान्त सञ्चारिणॆ नमः
oṁ vṛndāvanānta-sañcāriṇe namaḥ || 59 ||
the Lord who roamed around Vrindavana

ॐ तुलसीदाम भूषनाय नमः ॥ ६० ॥
oṁ tulasī-dāma-bhūṣaṇāya namaḥ || 60 ||
the Lord who adorns Himself with tulasi leaf garlands

ॐ स्यमन्तकमणेर्हर्त्रे नमः
oṁ syamantaka-maner-hartre namaḥ || 61 || (mani-hartre – मणिहर्त्रे)
the Lord who appropriated the Syamantaka jewel

ॐ नरनारयणात्मकाय नमः
oṁ naranārayaṇātmakāya namaḥ || 62 ||
the Lord who has the twin forms of Nara and Narayana

ॐ कुब्जा कृष्णाम्बरधराय नमः
oṁ kubjā-kṛṣṇāmbara-dharāya namaḥ || 63 || (kṛṣṭāmbara – कृष्णाम्बर)
the Lord who wore the ointment (sandal paste) offered by Kubja, the hunchbacked lady

ॐ मायिनॆ नमः
oṁ māyine namaḥ || 64 ||
the Lord of Maya, the master of illusion

ॐ परमपुरुषाय नमः
oṁ parama-pūruṣāya namaḥ || 65 ||
the Supreme person

ॐ मुष्टिकासुर चाणूर मल्लयुद्ध विशारदाय नमः
oṁ muṣṭikāsura cāṇūra mallayuddha viśāradāya namaḥ || 66 ||
the lord who expertly fought the demoniac wrestlers Muṣṭika and Cāṇūra

ॐ संसारवैरिणॆ नमः
oṁ saṁsāra-vairiṇe namaḥ || 67 ||
the enemy of Samsara (the cycle of births and deaths)

ॐ कंसारयॆ नमः
oṁ kaṁsāraye namaḥ || 68 ||
the enemy of King Kamsa (who wanted to kill Krishna)

ॐ मुरारयॆ नमः
oṁ murāraye namaḥ || 69 || (murarine)
the enemy of the demon Mura

ॐ नाराकान्तकाय नमः ॥ ७० ॥
oṁ nārākāntakāya namaḥ || 70 ||
the destroyer of the demon Narakāsura

ॐ अनादि ब्रह्मचारिणॆ नमः
oṁ anādi-brahmacāriṇe namaḥ || 71 ||
the beginningless brahmacārī

ॐ कृष्णाव्यसन कर्शकाय नमः
oṁ kṛṣṇā-vyasana-karśakāya namaḥ || 72 ||
Kṛṣṇa, who removed Draupadi’s distress

ॐ शिशुपालशिरश्छेत्रे नमः
oṁ śiṣupāla-śiraś-chetre namaḥ || 73 || (śiccetre – शिच्चॆत्रॆ)
the Lord who cut off Sisupala’s head (with his Sudarsana Chakra)

ॐ दुर्यॊधनकुलान्तकाय नमः
oṁ duryodhana-kulāntakāya namaḥ || 74 ||
the destroyer of the dynasty of Durodhana

ॐ विदुराक्रूर वरदाय नमः
oṁ vidurākrūra-varadāya namaḥ || 75 ||
the Lord who benedicted Vidura & Akrūra

ॐ विश्वरूपप्रदर्शकाय नमः
oṁ viśvarūpa-pradarśakāya namaḥ || 76 ||
the Lord who revealed His Viswarupa (the Universal Form)

ॐ सत्यवाचॆ नमः
oṁ satya-vāce namaḥ || 77 ||
To the Lord who utters only truth

ॐ सत्य सङ्कल्पाय नमः
oṁ satya-saṅkalpāya namaḥ || 78 ||
the Lord of true resolve, whose determination is fact

ॐ सत्यभामारताय नमः
oṁ satyabhāmā-ratāya namaḥ || 79 || (ratāye)
the Lover of Satyabhama

ॐ जयिनॆ नमः ॥ ८० ॥
oṁ jayine namaḥ || 80 ||
the Lord who is ever victorious

ॐ सुभद्रा पूर्वजाय नमः
oṁ subhadrā-pūrva-jāya namaḥ || 81 ||
the elder brother of Subhadra

ॐ विष्णवॆ नमः
oṁ viṣṇave namaḥ || 82 ||
Lord Viṣṇu

ॐ भीष्ममुक्ति प्रदायकाय नमः
oṁ bhīṣma-mukti-pradāyakāya namaḥ || 83 ||
the Lord who bestowed salvation on Bhishma

ॐ जगद्गुरवॆ नमः
oṁ jagad-gurave namaḥ || 84 ||
the Lord who is universal Guru, world preceptor

ॐ जगन्नाथाय नमः
oṁ jagannāthāya namaḥ || 85 ||
the Lord Lord of the universe

ॐ वॆणुनाद विशारदाय नमः
oṁ veṇu-nāda-viśāradāya namaḥ || 86 ||
the Lord who is an expert in playing flute music

ॐ वृषभासुर विध्वंसिने नमः
oṁ vṛṣabhāsura-vidhvaṁsine namaḥ || 87 ||
the Lord who destroyed the demon Vrishaba asura

ॐ बाणासुर करान्तकाय नमः
oṁ bāṇāsura-karāntakāya namaḥ || 88 || (karāntakṛte – करान्तकृतॆ)
the Lord who chopped off the hands of the demon Bāṇāsura

ॐ युधिष्ठिर प्रतिष्ठात्रे नमः
oṁ yudhiṣṭhira-pratiṣṭhātre namaḥ || 89 ||
the Lord who established Yudhiṣṭhira (as the king)

ॐ बर्हिबर्हावतंसकाय नमः ॥ ९० ॥
oṁ barhi-barhāvat-aṁsakaya namaḥ || 90 ||
the Lord whose crest is decorated with peacock feathers

ॐ पार्थसारथये नमः
oṁ pārtha-sārathaye namaḥ || 91 ||
the Lord who is the chariot driver of Arjuna (Pārtha Sārathi)

ॐ अव्यक्ताय नमः
oṁ avyaktāya namaḥ || 92 ||
the Lord Who appears unmanifest, who is subtle and unseen to material vision

ॐ गीतामृत महोदधये नमः
oṁ gītāmṛta-mahodadhaye namaḥ || 93 || (mahodhadiye – महोधदियॆ)
the Lord who is the great nectar-ocean of Bhagavad-gita

ॐ कालीय फणिमाणिक्य रञ्जित श्री पदाम्बुजाय नमः
oṁ kālīya-phaṇi-māṇikya-rañjita-śrī-padāmbujāya namaḥ || 94 ||
the Lord whose beautiful lotus feet danced on the jeweled hoods of the Kāliya serpent.

ॐ दामॊदराय नमः
oṁ dāmodarāya namaḥ || 95 ||
the One who was tied up with a rope to a grinding stone by His mother Yaśodā

ॐ यज्ञभोक्त्रे नमः
oṁ yajña-bhoktre namaḥ || 96 ||
the enjoyer of sacrificial offerings

ॐ दानवॆन्द्र विनाशकाय नमः
oṁ dānavendra-vināśakāya namaḥ || 97 ||
destroyer of the leading demons, killer of the Lord of Asuras

ॐ नारायणाय नमः
oṁ nārāyaṇāya namaḥ || 98 ||
Lord Nārāyaṇa, Viṣṇu

ॐ परब्रह्मणॆ नमः
oṁ para-brahmaṇe namaḥ || 99 ||
the Supreme absolute Truth Brahman (which is spiritual)

ॐ पन्नगाशन वाहनाय नमः ॥ १०० ॥
oṁ pannagāśana-vāhanāya namaḥ || 100 ||
the Lord who has a serpent (Adisesha) as His seat, the great snake Vasuki that forms the bed of Vishnu

ॐ जलक्रीडा समासक्त गॊपीवस्त्रापहाराकाय नमः
oṁ jala-krīḍā-samāsakta-gopī-vastrāpahārakāya namaḥ || 101 ||
the Lord who playfully stole the gopīs clothing while they played in the waters of the Yamuna river

ॐ पुण्य श्लॊकाय नमः
oṁ puṇya-ślokāya namaḥ || 102 ||
the Lord whose poetic depictions are virtuous, whose praises bestow merit

ॐ तीर्थपादाय नमः
oṁ tīrtha-pādāya namaḥ || 103 ||
creator of holy places, the One whose feet are holy

ॐ वॆदवॆद्याय नमः
oṁ veda-vedyāya namaḥ || 104 ||
the Lord who is the source of the Vedas, who is revealed by the Vedas

ॐ दयानिधयॆ नमः
oṁ dayā-nidhaye namaḥ || 105 ||
the Lord who is the Treasure of compassion

ॐ सर्वभूतात्मकाय नमः
oṁ sarva-bhūtātmakāya namaḥ || 106 ||
the Lord who is possessing the essence of the elements

ॐ सर्वग्रह रुपिणॆ नमः
oṁ sarva-graha-rūpiṇe namaḥ || 107 ||
the Lord who forms all the planets

ॐ परात्पराय नमः ॥ 108 ॥
oṁ parātparāya namaḥ
The Supreme beyond the highest

Lord Krishna : Multidimensional Personality

Janmashtami also known as Gokulashtami, Saatam Aatham, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanthi marks the birth of Super Soul Lord Krishna- considered to be 8th Incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This year it will be celebrated on 2nd September 2018. Janmashtami is among the biggest religious festival in the world due to several reasons.

Lord Krishna’s life teaches everyone. Portrayed as someone’s son, someone’s lover, someone’s husband, even someone’s brother and father his acts were a model for people in days past, the modern world and surely for those in ages to come.

He is seen as a mischievous child who steals butter yet gifted child of Mata Yasodha who protected the village from natural calamities. The boy who uphold entire mountain with one finger to save the villagers from Lord Indra’s anger. He is the establisher of order and justice in society by killing Kansa and his associates.

Krishna the eternal Charmer –every girl’s dream man, the cowherd is the love of all gopies making them leave all their duties to follow him. The eternal love of Radha-Krishna is known to everyone. Theirs was the highest love—a love to inspire mankind forward on the path to God.

A true friend of Sudama, who was living in sheer penury visited his Friend Krishna for help. Even without him asking for help Sudama has loaded him with material that stayed with him forever. Krishna’s grace turned Sudama from rag to rich.

By being an able teacher of Arjun in epic Mahabharata he spreads the universal message of Karma Yoga- everyone existing on this earth is bound to get the fruits as per his or her actions. ‘As shall you sow so shall you reap’. Hence one should always follow the right path and never tolerate injustice. The perishable body, immortal soul, concentration of the mind, undisturbed equanimity– was all described and explained in detail by Krishna to Arjun

As a dutiful and responsible ruler- Dwarikadheesh Sri Krishna, he spread the message of right karma, Justice, love and respect for each other.

It is believed that paying reverence to Lord Krishna’s various roopa’s with true faith and devotion on Janmashtami help the worshipers to get their desires fulfilled in no time.

Those looking for stable, happy and prosperous married and family life can offer archanas to Yugal Jodi: Radha-Krishna.

Those aspiring for salvation, peace, harmony and satisfaction in life can offer pujas to Yogiraj Krishna.

Krishna holds all the colours of the rainbow of human life, represented by the peacock feather he wears.

If there is any single figure who represents India, its yogic spirituality, vibrant culture and ancient history, it is Sri Krishna. This is not any easy choice, as India is also the land of Buddha, Rama, Shankara and many sages and rishis of the highest order.

Similarly, if there is any single book that conveys the wisdom of India to the world, with its synthesis of yogic teachings and practical life wisdom, it is Krishna’s Bhagavad Gita. The Gita remains the most read and published book from India in thousands of years.

The Bhagavad Gita is the prime source book of Hindu Dharma, and Sri Krishna is its most visible teacher. Yet, this is not because Krishna gave us a simple dogma or en-masse prescription, or claimed to have the last word — but because Sri Krishna brings together all that is profound, challenging and wonderful in human thought and action, and links it with the Supreme Divine.

Sri Krishna is a multisided personality, a renaissance man who mastered every domain of life according to the highest vision. He is not simply a monk, prophet or saint, but a master of our full human potential in the world and beyond, illumined by an unlimited Divine Light from within the heart.

Jai Sri Krishna!

Interesting Facts About Janmashtmi Celebrations

Janmashtmi is also referred to as Krishna Janmashtami, Satam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti and Sri Jayanti.

It is said that Lord Krishna was born on midnight. To save Lord Krishna, Vasudeva was advised to take him to his friend, Nanda, who lived in Vrindavan. The torrential rains and thunderstorm made it a very difficult journey. Buy, Vasudeva was determined. He carried little baby Krishna on his head and kept walking. To protect him, Shesh Nag (the Snake God) also quietly rose from behind to cover his Lord from the rains.

Little Krishna grew up in the care of Yashoda and Nanda. He and his gang of friends were among the naughtiest children in the neighborhood. He loved white butter so much that he would often steal all of it that Yashoda would make it home. Till date, makhan mishri (white butter and sugar crystals) is one of the most popular prasad made for the deity on Janmashtami.

There is a popular ritual of dahi handi, which is basically an imitation of the butter-stealing episodes of Lord Krishna. Boys gather in a compound and form a human pyramid to break open the earthen pot fixed at a height of 20-30 feet from the ground. The boy who stands at the top is called Govinda and the groups are either called handis or mandals.

Devotees of Lord Krishna observe a ritualistic fast during his birth anniversary. Devotees eat only a single meal a day before Janmashtmi. On fasting day, devotees take a ‘sankalpa’ to observe a day-long fast and to break it on the next day when the Ashtami Tithi is over. Through the day of fasting, no grains are consumed; the devotees take a meal comprising fruits and water, called ‘phallar’.

(We are (Me and my whole family) fasting today)

Krishna Janmashtami in Mathura, Vrindavan and parts of Braj is nothing short of a spectacle; temples and street are decorated with beautiful lights. Through the day, people throng the temples to pray to their beloved diety Lord Krishna. Idols of Lord Krishna and Radha are decked up in New clothes and placed on swings. On midnight, they perform the ‘Krishna Abhishekam’ with milk, ghre, water, and proceed to offer ‘bhog’ to the God.

The following day, which is referred to as ‘Nanda Utsav’, as an offering to the Lord, devotees put together a list of 56 food items, which is referred to as the ‘chapan bhog’.
This is later distributed among the people after the fast. It constitutes Lord Krishna’s favourite dishes and usually includes cereals, fruits, dry fruits, sweets, chocolates, namkeens, drinks and pickles in quantities of eight under each category.

The legend of chappan bhog is tied to the episode of Govardhan parvart. Once due to the wrath of Lord Indra, the God of rains, Vrindavan was flooded. It rained continuously for many days in a row. People in Vrindavan went to Lord Krishna, who directed all of them towards Govardhan Hill. He then lifted Govardhan Hill on his little finger, under which all the villagers took refuge. He stood there for seven days without moving and eating anything. Once the rain subsided, people presented him 56 food items.

Janmashtami is celebrated across the country with many local variations. People in Tamil Nadu draw beautiful and elaborated patterns called Kolam, made with rice batter on the entrance of their houses and tiny footprints of little baby Lord Krishna entering their houses.

Happy Janmashtami Everyone 😊🙏🏻

Janmashtmi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna who is considered as Lord Vishnu’s incarnation. According to the Hindu calendar, Krishna was born on the eighth day of Shravan month, The auspicious Day is celebrated in many different ways. Some people visit the temple and prepare a cradle of flowers in which a small miniature of Lord Krishna is placed while others cut a cucumber which signifies the mother’s womb and celebrate Lord Krishna’s birth. Devotees of Krishna celebrate this day with zeal and enthusiasm.

It is said that Krishna was born approximately 5200 years ago in Mathura and the sole aim of his birth was to free the earth from evil powers. He was a legend who was born in the darkness inside the cell of a jail as his parents were captured behind the bars. This cruel act was done by his uncle. Krishna was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva but he was raised by his foster parents Nanda and Yashoda. It is said that when Krishna was born, all the guards in the jail slept off, chains was broken and doors opened automatically. He was born at midnight and that is the festival is celebrated at midnight 12. Krishna is consider to be a great mentor, guide and God of compassion and love. He shared divine and Inspirational knowledge about Dharma, Karma and Moksha to a visibly shaken Arjuna on the Mahabharata battlefield which enlighten him. The Golden words of Lord Krishna are written in 700 verses, originally in Sanskrit, in the Hindu holy script Srimad Bhagvad Gita or Simply called Gita.

Why Lord Krishna is called Jagadguru (Preceptor of the Universe):

God took incarnation time and again on the earth to destroy evil and uplift dharma. He also protects virtuous and disables evil doers. Scriptures mention this. Krita yuga saw Matsya, Kurma, Varaha and Nrisimha avatara (incarnation), Rama in Treta yuga and Sri Krishna in Dwapara yug. Out of these Sri Krishna is a special one, he gave us nectar in the form of Bhagvad Gita in addition to destroying evil and protecting the virtuous people. That’s why the term Jagadguru was used for him first.

“Vasudevasutam devam kamsa charuna madrdanam,
Devaki paramanandam krishnam vande jagadgurum.”

Gita contains philosophy enough to guide everyone in the world, anyone can read it. Hence he is called jagadguru. One can read, understand and follow the teachings. Gita is so great and special for every human beings.

Happy Birthday Lord Krishna 😊🙏🏻

When we say Krishna, the essence of who he is, he is an irrepressible child, a terrible prankster, an enchanting flute player, a graceful dancer, an irresistible lover, a truly valiant warrior, a ruthless vanquisher of his foes, a man who left a broken heart in every home, an astute statesman and kingmaker, a thorough

gentlemen, a yogi of the highest order, and the most colorful incarnation. Krishna, to contain him in these seven days is an impossible challenge. At the most we can just have a glimpse of who he is, and that glimpse should be more than enough.

If we have to… Krishna is seen and perceived and understood and experienced in many, many different ways by different people.

Sense control, spiritual wisdom, political intelligence, war strategy, peace loving, humbleness, protector of wise and destroyer of wicked, Savior of Dharma!

Karmic and yogic..of highest level..practical yet spiritual..flagbearer of Love in its purest form..

His Stance or posture. As a musician, dancer, orator or dreamer. His posture to creation in the front is.

Evergreen lover and in the same time a great Yogi!

He is the Lover par excellence. He is the unbeatable fighter. He is my own self. He is the unbearable suffering. He is the everlasting infinite joy.

Krishna – the original romantic – lived life like one big Love story!

Hé is crazy cute naughty..He loves to eat that butter by stealing and I like that very much…The innocence and naughtiness in him will make anyone in this world to fall for him.

Krishna has always come as a human being first. A multidimensional personality, a powerful presence, an adorable child, a naughty adolscent, a seer, a Yogi, a friend, philosopher and guide..This is the #Krishna. I know..A presence to be felt..

Happy Birthday to the world’s coolest God, who taught us that religion could be beyond morality and codes. It’s about serving fellow humans first. Breaking stereotypes is godly, and Krishna is the God of all Gods.

This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zest. It is celebrated to commemorate the birth of lord Krishna who was the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu..

Lord Krishna is one of the most venerated incarnations in the Hindu religion. It is said that Lord Krishna is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna was born about 5 Thousand yrs ago at the end of the Dwapur Yuga, the 3rd cosmic phase & the beginning of KalYuga the present.

Let’s celebrate the Krishna Janamashtami by invoking Krishna’s Dharma correctness, fearlessness, Dharma first attitude and Sanatan consciousness. If we can’t imbibe his values we don’t deserve to call him our ancestor and God.

Krishna Paramatma One of the only few gods who is worshipped in all the stages of life. He is worshipped as adorable infant, A young teen with Radha and gopikas As a jagadguru who gave knowledge to this world thru Bhagavad Gita.

Pray the divine “Krishna Consciousness” transcend into our collective consciousness so we can fight the battle of Dharma and free our selves from the prison of darkness into light. Let us all be arjun ,so he can be our saarathi.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is already situated within the core of everyone’s heart as antaryāmī, the Supersoul. Thus because He was present in full potency in Devakī’s heart, He was also able to appear outside her body.

Much Love and Respect for the wisest political and spiritual mind ever born in this land. A Charmer. A Statesman. A Philosopher. A Warrior. Happy 5130th birthday, dude!

May Lord Krishna come to ur house soon & takes away all ur worries & sorrows. May he show u the way in ur life as he had to Arjuna in kurukshetra May Lord Krishna bless u on ur way May Lord Krishna bring prosperity to your home Wish u all a happy Janmashtami!!

May the festivities of Janamashtami be accompanied by good health, peace and prosperity in every family. Let us commit ourselves to follow the teachings of Lord Krishna in our daily lives and for enhancing the prestige of our Nation.

May Lord Krishna bestow success in all our endeavors and shower his blessings at each one of us.

On this Janmashtami
please remember that: – Mahabharata never ended; it is now the global clash of civilizations – Sri Krishna’s teachings in the kurukshetra must be adapted for the battles today – We need Intellectual Kshatriyas to join our Home Team.

Jai Sri Krishna.

Dhyana Shlokam for Narayaneeyam: 038:1-10

I offer my obeisance’s to Lord Kṛṣṇa, the beloved son of Vasudeva, who killed the great demons Kaṁsa and Cāṇūra, who is the source of great joy to Mother Devakī; and who is indeed a world teacher and spiritual master of the universe. (1)

Shlokam:02:When all the directions had been well cooled by rain waters, when the virtuous people were overwhelmed with the joy of the impending fulfillment of their desires,& the moon was rising at midnight, Thou the remover of all sorrows, appeared here on this earth,as Krishna.

Dasakam:038- Shlokam: 03: Thou shone in the birth chamber, though in the from of a child, with Thy body adorned with the divine majesties, shining crown, bracelets, shoulder ornaments, beautiful necklace, conch, discus, lotus, mace,beautiful as the hue of the rain bearing clouds.

Dasakam:038- Shlokam: 04: O Vaasudeva! Thou did shine in that prison house with the glorious Lakshmi Devi comfortably resting on Thy bosom.The side glances of varied graces,with shyful eyes,cast by her, dispersed away the inauspiciousness of the prison caused by the wicked Kansa.

Dasakam:038-Shlokam:05: Thy divine form which is unapproachable to the minds of many aspiring sages, when Vasudeva saw with his own eyes, he had goosebumps all over his body,his eyes were full of tears of joy & with a choked & melting voice he sang praised Thee

Shlokam: 06: Thou were praised with prayers for a long time by Vasudeva who was filled with joy,saying that ‘O Lord! cut down the creeper of all my sorrows with Thy sharp sword like playful eyes.O Supreme Being! Remove all my sufferings with Thy glances laden with compassion.

Shlokam: 07:Thy mother Devaki’s tears whose delicate creeper like body was covered &made wet ,Thy were praised by hymns.Thou,the abode of mercy, then explained to them,about their two previous births. Then at the request of Thy mother Devaki, Thou assumed the form of an infant.

Dasakam:038- Shlokam: 08: Then impelled by Thee, Vasudeva, got ready to exchange Thee with the daughter of Nanda. Thou, who art conceivable only in the minds of revered sages, and Thou, who art pleasing like the young swan seated in a lotus, were lifted by Vasudeva, in his hands.

038- Shlokam: 09: At that time, Thy Maya, Yoganidra, who had been born in the cowherd, Nanda’s house,put all the city dwellers to sleep, through her yogic powers, activated by Thee. But what is more amazing is that the firmly locked inanimate (prison) doors opened by themselves

038- Shlokam:10: Then the most blessed, Vasudeva, set out, with his path lighted by the shining crest jewels of the serpent Adi Sesha,who with his hoods held above Vasudeva’s head,shielded him from the rain.Oh Lord of such great deeds!May Thee destroy the severity of my ailments.