Shri Krishna’s advice on developing harmonious personality

By Sadhu Snehmunidas
BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

Did you know that Albert Einstein was in love with music even before he was in love with science. He had said: “I see my life in terms of music. I live my daydreams in music. Life without playing music is inconceivable for me. If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.”

It turns out both are necessary for harmony & balance. Science appeals to the head & music appeals to the heart. The head is focused on intellect. While the heart is focused on emotion. The head stores our IQ and the heart stores our emotional quotient (EQ).  So, while Einstein had a highly charged IQ, he also had a matching EQ. These two being in sync is a harmony that is essential for success.

Shrimad Bhagwat is one of 18 Puranas in which Ved Vyasji has written about Bhagwan’s various avatars. Bhagwat Puran describes Shri Krishna’s life. Vyasji also wrote the Mahabharat, in which we also find descriptions of Shri Krishna. Upon reading these two texts, we notice profound spirituality embedded within the simple symbolism of Krishna’s life.  The Shrimad Bhagwat focuses on the first part of Krishna’s life, and the Mahabharat focuses on the second part. Both describe the two roles Krishna takes on during two stages of his life.

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Shrimad Bhagwat Puran Mahabharat
Appeals to the heart & emotions Appeals to the head & intellect
Describes the agricultural village setting of Gokul Describes the Urban palace setting of Mathura
Setting of the lush forest of Vrindavan – the field of friends Setting of the barren open-land of Kurukshetra – the field of enemies
Focuses on Krishna’s playful pastimes Focuses on Krishna’s political endeavors
Krishna climbs onto a kardamb-tree Krishna climbs onto a chariot
Krishna spends time among gopis, cows & common folk Krishna spends time among kings, warriors & nobility
Krishna is surrounded by milk & love Krishna is surrounded by blood & war
Krishna takes on a personality that’s mischievous & loving Krishna takes on a personality that’s calculated & strategic
Krishna brings an end to demons during play Krishna brings an end to asurs diplomatically – & in both situations, granting liberation.
Krishna protects the village from the natural calamities of forest fires, flooding-rains, dangerous animals Krishna establishes cities & protects them from selfish kings such as Jarasandh & Duryodhan
Krishna enchants cows by music from his flute Krishna controls horses by snaps & cracks from his whip
Krishna is known by his flute & peacock feather – ‘murli & mor-pankh’ Krishna is known by his ‘shankh & sudarshan chakra’

So, Krishna teaches us, without even uttering a word, that we need to nourish both, and harmonize both our IQ & EQ. This harmony is the result of spirituality and the essence of divinity. In other words, this harmony is possible if one has a high SQ – Spiritual Quotient – which is what we see in the life of Shri Krishna.

The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha will be celebrating this year’s Janmashtami festival in Mandirs throughout North America (in accordance with CDC guidelines). This year’s celebrations will center around a verse from Bhagavad Gita – Mam Ekam Sharanam Vraja.  In this verse, Shri Krishna states, “make me your only refuge” as he explains to Arjun that by seeking his refuge with faith and love, Arjun would be freed from all his sins. Pujya Swamis and other speakers will recount lessons from Krishna’s life as they explore the meaning of true refuge as well as the benefits of seeking the refuge in Bhagwan.

To participate in upcoming Janmashtami celebrations, please contact the nearest BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir for more details about in-person or virtual celebrations at https://www.baps.org/Global-Network/North-America.aspx

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