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KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS

18 Aug

Krishna Consciousness

On Janmastami I was flooded by messages on whatsap and social media full of soppy songs on Krishna, who’s Birthday it celebrates.

  The funny ones from  irreverent friends spoke of his birth in Jail, history of crimes, murders, womanizing etc and  admired him for reasons that would make Munnabhai proud.

But look at him critically, and he is a path breaking figure in the Epic.

He is a tough guy, as evident from the numerous battles and physical combats he wins, beating demons, champion wrestlers, and others, but there is no machismo about him. He happily spends time with the women and his music, chills out with friends, takes care of his looks; in fact, he is the first metrosexual man in history.

He is aware of his divine status, but doesn’t rub it in, preferring a mortal lifestyle. Moreover, except for the fabulous motivational speech set to poetry that’s the Geeta, which he uses as a last resort to kickstart the wimpish Pandavas, he doesn’t even sermonize at the drop of a hat.

He is comfortable with women and has a beautiful platonic relationship with Draupadi, establishing that men and women can be friends and equals, something that the other testosterone charged male characters did not display. His complete surrender to his lover, an older married woman Radha, beats all stereotypes.  He is a true feminist.

He shuns the throne, and supports a republic. In fact, the Mahabharata could be seen as a battle between two political ideas, the republic of the Yadavas versus the Monarchy of Jarasandha, where the Kuru Pandavs were mere pawns. So we have a true democrat.

Despite being a masterly warrior, he prefers to change his capital rather than needlessly expose his citizens to war, preferring the ignominy of being called a coward, the Ranchode, to glory in battle. He was the original peacenik

He was extremely loyal to his friends, whether Sudama or Arjun or Draupadi, and could be the originator of the bro code.

He helps his sister elope with her lover, facing the wrath of his family for breaking her arranged marriage with a powerful king. How cool is that!

A very mischievous child, wild youth makes him very human, no goody goody milksop like his earlier Avatar Ram or a mad max like the even earlier Parasuram. He also lived a good life, enjoying material pleasures and generally chilled out lifestyle, not obsessing over his duties, whilst at the same time being the mastermind at all political games and providing exemplary governance to his people.

He manipulates the entire war, whilst apparently driving a chariot. The author of the Art of War should pay homage to him.

The greatest motivational speaker of all time, he gets Arjun to get over his last minute nerves and creates a masterpiece in the process. A poet cum Management Guru, can you beat that?

Finally he ends his life in obscurity, killed by a stray arrow, his family scattered. This shows that he didn’t believe in dynastic politics either.

Leaders today need to seriously learn from him, or the story, and not just pray at his temples

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43 responses to “KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS

  1. shaivikafunda

    August 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    That’s a very different blog I am reading on janmaahtmi. Yes u r right that leaders today need to learn from him.

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  2. vishalbheeroo

    August 18, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Happy Janmasthami. Love ur take on the naughty Shri Krishna, loyal friend who gives love freely without expectations.

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  3. Samita

    August 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Very nicely written. Krishna is my favourite character because of the human traits he reflects.

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    • wiseguy from the east

      August 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Thanx Samita. Pl try Krishna & Karl too 🙂
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  4. beloome

    August 22, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Krishna was the Avatar of his time and age, just like his predecessors. Till the next one comes, he will remain the most popular one because of the new age he ushered in…The tragedy however is that we haven’t even fully brought about in concrete reality the age that Rama ushered in with his Avatar-hood. Krishna’s age is still some time away 😦
    This was a very good read, Soumya!

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    • wiseguy from the east

      August 22, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Thank you 🙂 but didn’t Krishnas age end during the epic. & Budha was the next Avatar. Although incorporated later. Kalki is awaited. Gaddafi was a canditate in some book I read. Now is Namo contesting? My vote goes to Chaitanya Kabir Nanak or Ramkrishna. Depends whose impact survives a few centuries. Or maybe its time for a female Avatar?
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  5. Poonam (StirYourSouls)

    August 23, 2014 at 9:43 am

    It is believed that the Mahabharata was a battle between two ideologies, personas, or masterminds as you may say.
    That of Krishna and of Shakuni.
    The rest is history.

    Quite an insightful write-up, Soumya.
    We could consider Krishnarajya too, considering the current state of affairs. 🙂

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    • wiseguy from the east

      August 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Thank you Stir Your Souls. :). Has this stirred yours? Yes I’ve mentioned elsewhere that wd be way better than Ramrajya. Pl also try Krishna & Karl. May enjoy it
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      • Poonam (StirYourSouls)

        August 23, 2014 at 3:23 pm

        Yes, surely.
        I’m supportive of your view on Krishna leading the way for today’s governance, too. 🙂

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  6. A K Chanda

    August 23, 2014 at 11:52 am

    A ‘critical’ analysis of Lord Krishna indeed.

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    • wiseguy from the east

      August 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Have borrowed one idea from Panchajaya but gave credit. Rest are original. Pl try Krishna & Karl. Completely revolutionary take ;D
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  7. Suzy

    August 24, 2014 at 3:07 am

    A very good read. However Lord Rama and Lord Krishna came to Earth for different purposes and both together bring about the sum total of human values. To diminish one against the other is in my view seeing only half the picture. Jai Shri Rama Jai Shri Krishna.

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    • wiseguy from the east

      August 24, 2014 at 4:34 am

      Thank you. I wasn’t analysing them as divinity which is a matter of faith. I looked at them as charectors in epic litereture which they also are. Pl try my Krishna & Karl which is a new take on the subject
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  8. Anonymous

    August 26, 2014 at 5:48 am

    A Big Wow….
    that’s what immediately came to my mind reading the article on Krishna. I am mesmerized by the analysis.. totally innovative but true and motivating as well..
    Really great going…
    All the best Sir

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    • wiseguy from the east

      September 14, 2014 at 6:40 am

      thank you. if you liked this try Krishna and Karl. That could be an unique interpretation

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  9. bajrang goel

    August 26, 2014 at 5:49 am

    A Big Wow….
    that’s what immediately came to my mind reading the article on Krishna. I am mesmerized by the analysis.. totally innovative but true and motivating as well..
    Really great going…
    All the best Sir

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    • wiseguy from the east

      September 14, 2014 at 6:41 am

      thank you. if you liked this try Krishna and Karl. That could be an unique interpretation

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  10. skinnyuz2b

    September 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    This was a very informative and interesting post, and written in an entertaining way.

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    • wiseguy from the east

      September 14, 2014 at 6:40 am

      thank you. if you liked this try Krishna and Karl. That could be an unique interpretation

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  11. TheLastWord

    October 6, 2014 at 7:31 am

    ok then! You’ve relate well to the basic human traits, strengths and weaknesses. There are so many tales of “heros”, who are revered for their qualities, but who failed to exhibit those famous qualities when push came to shove. Yudhisthir, for example.

    I think too often we deify without performing a reality check. Which you have done well. Make this a series and cover the pantheon.

    For god’s sake (pick one,any one) fix the About page!!!! It drives me nuts with the repetition and the big orange box link on the home page as well – very distracting…. (sorry – The PeevedPunjabi snuck in there! )

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  12. wiseguy from the east

    October 6, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Thank you, but I have tried and failed. Will try again with your patient coaching 😀

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    • TheLastWord

      October 7, 2014 at 5:02 am

      Give me admin access, I can fix it for you and you can have it back. I promise I won’t eff it up. You can tell me what you want to see and I can set it up for you. Maybe, I’ll even give you a set of instructions…. you know teach you how to fish instead of bhajoing the maach for you. ( Or in my case, carefully deboning the ilish…)

      Use TheLastWord2608@gmail.com as the email id.

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      • wiseguy from the east

        October 7, 2014 at 8:02 am

        Thank you I will be eternally grateful. Sending via fb messanger
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      • TheLastWord

        October 7, 2014 at 8:13 am

        Go to WP Dashboard. Check down there where it says Users. The use the email ID I gave you to invite me. Select “Administrator” from the drop down.

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      • wiseguy from the east

        October 7, 2014 at 5:38 pm

        yaaay!!! did it

        On Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM, Idyll Dreams of an Idle Fellow wrote:

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      • TheLastWord

        October 7, 2014 at 6:29 pm

        Good boy! Here’s a biscuit….

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      • wiseguy from the east

        October 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm

        yaay!!! you did it!!! thank you veeeery much 😀

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  13. wiseguy from the east

    October 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

    https://soumyamukherjee8.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/krishna-and-karl/
    the post I have been exhorting everyone to read 😀

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  14. Jyoti Arora

    September 4, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Wow, no wonder Krishn is one of the most favoruite gods of all 🙂 Very nice post, as always. He did leave his message behind in the eternal Geeta so we all could learn from him. But the problem arises when the messages of Gods get misinterpreted due to ignorance or selfish motives and turned into dogmas.
    Lovely post, as always 🙂

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    • wiseguy from the east

      September 4, 2015 at 10:20 am

      thank you Jyoti 🙂 Yes thats absolutely true

      On Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 3:39 PM, Idyll Dreams of an Idle Fellow wrote:

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      • Ajai Srivastava

        September 6, 2015 at 2:34 am

        Soumya way ahead as usual..mast mast .hope Namo reads it and takes a leaf from it..keep em flowing friend.

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      • wiseguy from the east

        September 6, 2015 at 3:56 am

        Thanks a ton 😊 boss but don’t get me jailed 😀

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  15. wiseguy from the east

    September 5, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Reblogged this on Idyll Dreams of an Idle Fellow and commented:

    A tribute on janmasthami

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  16. ashokbhatia

    September 6, 2015 at 6:32 am

    A fresh perspective! You could perhaps consider doing a series on our other religious heroes.

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  17. ashokbhatia

    August 26, 2016 at 1:11 pm

     
    • wiseguy from the east

      August 26, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Had read this earlier. I think it was a part of a series if I remember right

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      • ashokbhatia

        August 27, 2016 at 3:20 am

        Yes, I have also posted on management lessons from Ramayana, Mahabharata and Thirukkural. Thank you.

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      • wiseguy from the east

        August 27, 2016 at 5:50 am

        Have you tried my book sir?

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      • ashokbhatia

        August 27, 2016 at 8:36 am

        No, I have not had the privilege as yet. Do please guide me suitably.

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      • wiseguy from the east

        August 27, 2016 at 9:21 am

        Please Google soumya Mukherjee author 😀 and order on amazon 😊
        Or try memories a novella on amazon. It’s available on amazon uk. E book version is available too 😊
        Would love your feedback

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