Lord Krishna


Lord Krishna, black & white photo

 

Lord Krishna and Krishna Consciousness

 

Name:

Lord Krishna

Birth, Age, Death:

Circa 3000 BC

Nationality:

Indian

Method/Religion started:

Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON from the 60’s)

Holy book/teachings:

Bhagavad Gita, Vedas

Followers:

6-900 Million Bhaktas or Vaishnavas

Lifestyle requirements:

Simple life, vegetarian

Form of practice:

Varies – offerings, chanting mantras, meditation

Wiki (encyclopedia) link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishna

 

The Vedas say Lord Krishna is the original person, but that He always appears young and attractive. He knows everything, He contains all of reality, and all other living beings are His inseparable parts. He is the all-powerful, supreme controller of all energies. He is known by different names in different cultures (such as God, Allah, and Jehovah, for example). He is the 8th avatar of Vishnu.

Lord Krishna was a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero and the Supreme Being. He taught absolute truth, that we are not the body and have pure souls. Each person is reborn according to their karma.

The basic essence of Krishna Consciousness (bhakti-yoga) states the goal of human life is to reawaken our original pure love for God, or Lord Krishna. We souls exist to have an intimate loving relationship with Him. We can never be happy by rejecting that relationship and denying our true nature.

The primary method of liberation from the cycle of birth and death is to stay conscious of God by reciting the Lords name, typically in the form of the Hare Krishna mantra, or some form of devotional practice.

Disciples should have a simple life, be vegetarian and practice Mantra meditation

Reciting the mantra.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare HareHare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare  

      1. George Harrison-Hare Krishna Mantra.mp3

 

The five most powerful bhakti practices according to the ISKCON movement are :

  1. To chant the Hare Krishna mantra.
  2. To hear and discuss Srimad-Bhagavatam.
  3. To offer services to the Deity at home or in the temple.
  4. To associate with the Lord’s devotees.
  5. To live in a holy place connected to Lord Krishna.

The Legend of Lord Krishna started before he was born, with the Earth Goddess appealing to Brahma the Creator for help in ending evil rulers. Brahma prayed to the Supreme Lord Vishnu who decided to be reborn as Krishna. Lord Krishna is the embodiment of love and divine joy and is the protector of sacred words. Radha (pictured above and in almost all photos of Krishna) and Krishna are the divine couple that rules love and romance. Hindu men see their wives as Radha, and hindu women see their spouse as Krishna, thereby seeing only the perfect and ignoring the imperfect; which is the essence of Lord Krishna; bringing the religion of Love to Earth.