As per ancient mythologies, Lord Krishna was born during the Dvapara Yuga and has been portrayed often in mythological stories as a God-child, prankster, an ideal lover and divine hero who flaunted a mesmerizing persona.
The cutest god, Laddu Gopal was destined to reshape the spiritual and temporal destiny of manhood.
Almost anyone who has read the Mahabharata knows how pivotal a figure Lord Krishna is.
In fact, an entire book has been written on his teaching as he and Arjuna engaged in “Dharma Yuddh” or a righteous war with the Kauravas, and it happens to be the most popular book in India: The Bhagavad Gita.
In every sense, he is a role model, motivator and a strategist from whom we have so many things to learn.
Once Shri Krishna’s best friend Sudama, who was extremely poor, gifted him a handful of rice-the most precious thing he had at that time. Despite being opulent, Krishna accepted the gift with a full heart. That day, when Sudama returned home, he was astonished to see his house transformed into gold and other precious stones. This was the way of thanking Sudama by Shri Krishna.
By this, Krishna teaches us to be generous as it gives peace to the heart. Since we are deeply emotional beings, we need to value our relationships.
Treat Everybody Equally
Krishna was born in a village and had many friends of different backgrounds. It did not matter whether it was the gopikas, cowherd folk or even learned men, he never discriminated between anybody and always treated them as one creation of god. In fact, he treated animals with great kindness too.
He teaches us to practice empathy, to understand and value every living being. It will make us better human beings and take us closer to God.
Be Calm And Composed
क्रोधाद्भवति सम्मोह: सम्मोहात्स्मृतिविभ्रम: |
स्मृतिभ्रंशाद् बुद्धिनाशो बुद्धिनाशात्प्रणश्यति ||
Meaning: Anger leads to clouding of judgment, which results in bewilderment of the memory. When the memory is bewildered, the intellect gets destroyed; and when the intellect is destroyed, one is ruined.
Shri Krishna has always been the one with good humor and zero anger. He knew when and what to do because of his presence of mind. Whatever the situation be, he never lost his temper. Even if he is the lord of creation, he has never been attached to materialistic things.
Here, Krishna tells us to live our life neutrally. If something goes wrong, there would be no point in losing temperament rather work on the solution to make it right. Nothing is permanent in this world. If one is rich today, later the situation might change. One must learn to accept everything as God’s gift.
Perform Duties Diligently
कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन |
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि ||
Meaning : Do your duty without being attached to its outcome, do not be driven by the end product, enjoy the process of getting there.
Being the world’s greatest leader, Krishna always performed his duties with dedication despite innumerable difficulties. He tells us the importance of karma in a person’s life. Back in the greatest war of Kurukshetra between Kauravs and Pandavs, Arjun refused to fight, watching his own relatives on the other side of the battle. He then delivered a speech citing the significance of karma. He said, “I am the sole creator of this universe. If I wish, I can kill the enemies in a moment with ‘Sudarshan Chakra’. But I want to teach the importance of Karma (performing one’s duty) to the coming generation.” He further added, “Do your duty and be detached from its outcome, do not get driven by the result, enjoy the journey of reaching there.”
We must perform our duties dedicatedly and learn to prioritize the tasks in life. Keeping a goal in mind makes you work efficiently. Also, without actions, the path would be dreadful.
Never Give Up On What You Love
Krishna loved to play flute, mesmerizing those around him with lively tunes. Even though he has his commitments, he never left his passion. He always managed to inculcate the music he loved into his life. Even in the times of war, his flute was by his side.
We tend to lose our hobbies because we get swayed by our commitments. No matter how busy one is, don’t give up on your hobbies. Also, doing what we love tends to refresh our minds.