Lord Krishna, sometimes referred to as Govinda, is the voice of the Bhagavad Gita – one of the greatest books of wisdom given to us by the yogic tradition. Many say that Krishna represents the Supreme Godhead and, as such, he is completely loving and benevolent in nature.
Lord Krishna is a Protector
Lord Krishna warned us that things were going to get much, much worse on the Earth plane because we would enter the age of the Kali Yuga, the age of suffering, or the age of vice. Many believe that we are actually going through the Kali Yuga now.
The beautiful Lord Krishna, with his delicate face and soft, blue skin, gives us all the material comforts of life. For those of us who struggle with money, living from one paycheck to the next, we want to invoke Krishna and ask him for help in bringing us wealth to end our struggles on the material plane.
Krishna’s mantra of protection goes like this:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
Chant this mantra 108 times every morning and every evening to gain the many attributes of this beloved Hindu deity.
Lord Krishna is Bliss
Radha and Krishna (Radha is Krishna’s supreme beloved), show us a paradigm of paradise in which the pleasures of youth and supreme beauty coexist. They represent heaven on Earth, where there is no pain, no suffering. Their message is that we all deserve this heaven - even on the Earth plane.
In essence, Krishna is the symbol for the supreme beauty and bliss of life. He is a symbol for luxury, beauty and happiness (Read more in Finding Happiness.). He teaches us to live our yoga; meaning, to stay in union with God. He also tells us to do our dharma, our designated duty in regard to work. We must work hard, but not be attached to the outcome. We must offer the results of our work and the fruits of our labors up to the glory of God. In this way, Krishna teaches us to take our ego out of our actions - a much more relaxed and joyful way to live life. In this way, we get to live in ananda, or bliss, in everything we do. In fact, Krishna teaches us that bliss is our true nature, but we forget that every day as we carry out the mundane of day-to-day living.
Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita that he would come help us out when things in the world had finally gone completely out of control. Many would say we are living in a time that is indeed out of control, a time much too full of pain and suffering, and that we are, in a sense, numb to God. So, we pray to Krishna to come down to the Earth plane so that we can evolve into the bliss beings we truly are. And so that he can establish justice, righteousness and protection – to banish all the suffering and negativity. For these reasons, we pray for the descent of Lord Krishna.
Lord Krishna is a Teacher
Lord Krishna also provides the highest of teachings that provide an ideal model for the world. The Bhagavad Gita says that we need to establish individual peace and collective peace first and foremost. In order to do this, we must stay completely connected to God.
In fact, we are God. This is an important aspect of what Krishna represents. He reminds us that we are of the highest state of Consciousness. Because we are not acting in this way at this time on Earth, we must invoke Krishna to connect with the reality that we are love, God, compassion, supreme beauty and bliss.
Krishna is the supreme teacher. It’s important to reiterate that he teaches to live our lives in yoga: not the physical practice, but yoga as in union with God). We must get beyond our minds and our ego in order to live in the bliss state of consciousness. (Learn more in Higher Consciousness the Vibration and Meditation.)
Lord Krishna is Love and Loved
In India, Krishna is celebrated every year on his birthday, which takes place in the summer. It’s called Krishna Janmashtami. He’s depicted with beautiful light blue skin, which signifies his divinity, and he’s usually playing or holding a little flute. Peacock feathers adorn his dress, which is said to be a symbol of nobility.
Many believe that Krishna’s flute plays the mantra, Om, which is the supreme mantra and birth of consciousness. (Read more in The Meaning of Om.) Other people like to think that Krishna’s flute is a symbol of the human heart, which should be first emptied and then filled with the breath of Krishna – with the breath of God.
When chanting to invoke Lord Krishna, visualize yourself putting his image in your heart. In doing so, you are putting God in your heart, and that is what we’re here to do.