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Who is Krishna?

Knowing God:

The Western countries are traditionally Christian so if one asks “Who is Krishna” we could reply “Krishna is God.” But that would not be very helpful for most people because in the Christian religion there is very little information available about God.

The Bible talks about God, Jesus talks about his father in heaven, Christians even talk about having a personal relationship with God. So we have these vague concepts of God in heaven, even the idea of having a relationship with Him. Sometimes we see the Christians drawing pictures of an old man with a beard and imagining God might be something like that… You can test it. Ask anyone to describe God, it doesn’t matter what religion, generally they will not be able to give any clear description of God. They can say things like “God is good”, “God is love”, “God is great”… Which are of course true. But exactly who is God, where does He live, what does He spend his time doing? Almost non one has any idea about these things…

Krishna is the All-Attractive Person:

So who is Krishna? Firstly the Sanskrit word “Krishna” means “the all-attractive person.” Krishna is the perfect name for God because outside the principle of all-attraction there is no meaning to the word God.

How is it that one can be all-attractive? First of all if one is very wealthy, if he has a lot of money, he becomes attractive to the people in general. Similarly if someone is very powerful, he also becomes attractive, and if someone is very famous he also becomes attractive, and if someone is very beautiful or wise or unattached to all kinds of possessions, he also becomes attractive.

So from practical experience we can observe that one becomes attractive due to:

  1. Wealth
  2. Power, strength
  3. Fame
  4. Beauty
  5. Wisdom, knowledge
  6. Renunciation

One who is in possession of all six of these opulences at the same time and possesses them to an unlimited degree, is understood to be the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna.

So “Krishna” is the perfect description of God. “Krishna” means the person who possesses all the attractive qualities in full. So God is the person who possesses all attractive qualities in full.

In this material world we have seen many rich people, many powerful people, many famous people, many beautiful people, many learned and scholarly people, and we have seen some persons in the renounced order of life unattached to material possessions. But we have never seen, in the history of this world, any one person who is simultaneously wealthy, powerful, famous, beautiful, wise and unattached, like Krishna.

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is a historical person who appeared on this earth five thousand years ago. He stayed on this earth for one hundred and twenty-five years and played exactly like a human being, but His activities were extraordinary. From the very moment of His appearance to the moment of His disappearance every one of His activities is unparalleled in the history of the world. Therefore, anyone who understands that “Krishna” means the person who possesses all opulences in full will accept Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

There are many people all over the world who speak of God in various ways but according to the Vedic literatures and according to the great acharyas, the authorized persons vested with the knowledge of God, all unanimously agree that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Human Histories Billions of Years Ago:

As far as we, the followers of the Vedic civilization, are concerned, we accept the Vedic history of the whole universe, which consists of different planetary systems consisting of the higher, middle and lower planetary systems. The modern historians of this earth can not supply historical evidences of events that occurred before five thousand years ago, and the anthropologists say that fourty thousand years ago the homo-sapians speices [man] had not appeared on this planet because evolution had not reached that point. But the Vedic histories disagree. The Puranas and the Mahabharata relate human histories which extend millions and billions of years into the past.

For example the Vedic literatures give the history of Krishna’s appearances and disappearances millions and billions of years ago. In the Bhagavad-gita Krishna tells Arjuna that both He and Arjuna had had many births before and that He (Krishna) could remember all of them but that Arjuna could not. This illustrates the difference between the knowledge of Krishna and the knowledge of Arjuna who was playing the part of an ordinary human being. Arjuna was a very great warrior and a well-cultured member of the royal Kuru dynasty, but after all, he was an ordinary human being, whereas Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the possessor of unlimited knowledge, Krishna has a memory that is boundless.

Krishna’s knowledge is so perfect that He remembers all the details of His appearances millions and billions of years in the past, but Arjuna’s memory and knowledge are limited by time and space, for he is an ordinary human being. In the Forth Chapter Krishna states that He can remember instructing lessons of the Bhagavad-gita millions of years ago to the sun-god, Vivasvan.

Krishna Never Becomes God:

Sometimes atheistic men claim try to become God by following some mystic process. Generally athiests claim to be God by dint of their imagination or by some process of meditation. Krishna is not that kind of God. He does not become God by manufacturing some mystic process of meditation, nor does He become God by undergoing the severe austerities of the mystic yoga exercises. Krishna never becomes God because He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead in all circumstances.

Krishna did not appear in this world in the same way an ordinary child appears. Within the prison of his uncle, the king Kamsa, where His father and mother were confined, Krishna appeared outside His mother’s body as the four-handed Visnu-Narayana. Then He turned Himself into a baby and told His father to carry Him to the house of Nanda Maharaja and his wife Yasoda. When Krishna was just a small baby the gigantic demoness Putana tried to kill Him, but when He sucked her breast He pulled out her life. This is the difference between Krishna, the real Supreme Personality of Godhead, and a so-called god manufactured in a mystic factory.

Krishna did not practice any mystic process, nor did he undergo any severe austerities to become God yet He manifested Himself as the Supreme Personality of Godhead at every step, from infancy to childhood, from childhood to boyhood, and from boyhood to young manhood. Although Krishna plays as a human being, He always maintains His identity as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

We Should Focus All our Desires on Krishna:

Since Krishna is all-attractive one should know that all his desires should be focused on Krishna. In the Bhagavad-gita it is said that the individual person is the proprietor or master of each and every individual body, but Krishna, who is the Supersoul present in everyone’s heart, is the supreme proprietor and supreme master of each and every individual body. Therefore if we concentrate our loving propensities on Krishna only then immediately universal love, unity and tranquility will be automatically realized. When one waters the root of a tree, he automatically waters the branches, twigs, leaves and flowers; when one supplies food to the stomach through the mouth he satisfies all the various parts of the body.

We Can only be Happy by Loving Krishna:

The art of focusing one’s attention on the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, and giving one’s love to Him is called Krishna consciousness. The purpose of the Krishna consciousness movement is to give everyone the chance to satisfy his propensity for loving others simply by directing his love towards Krishna.

The whole world is very anxious to satisfy their dormant propensity for loving others but the inventions of various methods like socialism, communism, altruism, humanitarianism, nationalizm and whatever else may be manufactured for the peace and prosperity of the world, are all useless and frustrating because of our gross ignorance of the art of loving Krishna. Generally people think that by advancing the cause of moral principles and religious rites they will be happy. Others may think that happiness can be achieved by economic development, and yet others think that simply by sense gratification they will be happy. But the real fact is that people can only be happy by loving Krishna.

Krishna perfectly reciprocates one’s loving propensities in different relationships called mellows or rasas. Basically there are twelve loving relationships we can share with Krishna:

  1. One can love Krishna as the supreme unknown
  2. One can love Krishna as the supreme master
  3. One can love Krishna as the supreme friend
  4. One can love Krishna as the supreme child
  5. One can love Krishna as the supreme lover

One can also love Krishna indirectly in seven different relationships, which are apparently different from the five primary relationships. All in all, however, if one simply reposes his dormant loving propensity in Krishna, then his life becomes successful. This is not fiction but is a fact which can be realized by practical application. One can directly perceive the effects that love for Krishna has on his life.

Knowing Krishna is the King of all Knowledge:

In the Ninth Chapter of the Bhagavad-gita this science of Krishna consciousness is called the king of all knowledge, the king of all confidential things, and the supreme science of transcendental realization. Yet we can directly experience the results of this science of Krishna consciousness because it is very easy to practice and is very pleasurable. Whatever percentage of Krishna consciousness we perform will become an eternal asset to our life, for Krishna consciousness is imperishable in all circumstances.

It is said that if one executes severe austerities, penances and sacrifices in his life but fails to awaken his dormant love for Krishna, then all of his penances are useless. On the other hand, if one has awakened his dormant love for Krishna, then what is the use of executing penances and austerities uselessly?

The Krishna Consciousness Movement:

The Krishna consciousness movement is the unique gift of Lord Caitanya to the fallen souls of this age of Kali. It is a very simple method and there is do doubt that this movement can satisfy the dormant loving propensities of humanity. It is said in the Bhagavad-gita that even a little effort expended on the path of Krishna consciousness can save one from the greatest danger. Hundreds of thousands of examples can be cited of people who have escaped the greatest dangers of life due to a slight advancement in Krishna consciousness.

[Inspired by Srila Prabhupada’s Introduction to Krsna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead. Please read the book!]

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19 Responses to Who is Krishna?

  1. Sheetal says:

    Radhe krishna,
    I have been doing japa fir the past 2 months now and that too regularly…but a week ago…the regularity broke off due to travelling and I just don’t know how to do it. I am a beginner. I am obsessed with bhagavad giTa written by guru prabhu pada. I just want to serve god krishna. We belong to mathura and vrindavan area. So I have heard about krishna since my childhood and have this unlimited curiosity to know more and more. I went so mad that I even have made some notes on bhagavad giTa. I have recited gayatri mantra since childhood. Now I don’t know how to do good japa. Please explain. Or refer me a particular book written by prabhu pada ji. I am improving only cuz of krishna. I am doing everything for him. I don’t feel like doing anything for myself anymore. It doesn’t make happy. I am very thirsty for the knowledge that prabhu pada has written about in d gita. And I currently onto shrimad bhagawatam. Kindly tell me if I am going on the right path? Do tell me about japa. I am really serious about krishna . Please help.

    • Hare Krishna Sheetal

      It is very good news you are chanting Hare Krishna and you are very fortunate that you belong to the Vrindavan-Mathura and have heard about Krishna since your birth. This is a very great opportunity for you and now if you take Krishna consciousness seriously it will be easy for you to become Krishna consciousness. But there will be difficulties of course. As soon as we try to become Krishna conscious maya tests us in so many ways. So there will be so many obstacles because here in the material world almost everyone is on the bodily concept of life an are just interested in satisfying the senses of their material bodies. So when we associate with all the materialists around us it makes it difficult for us to become Krishna conscious.

      But you are there in the Vrindavan area so that place is a very special place and has very strong spiritual energy. Of course now in Vrindavan there are so many materialistic people, but still the mood of Krishna consciousness is there.

      As far as chanting Hare Krishna it is simple and you just have to practice it. You just have to do it regularly. You just chant the mantra:

      Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

      So you just chant the words being careful to pronounce them properly and hear them. So that is it. You just have to chant the maha mantra with your tongue and hear the chanting through your ears. In the beginning we don’t have much taste for it and it may not seem that it is doing very much, but the Hare Krishna maha mantra is very powerful and it is working when we chant it, even if we can’t feel that it is working.

      So it is important to chant a fixed minimum number of rounds every day. Because sometimes we don’t feel like chanting, on those days we have to force ourselves to chant Hare Krishna. So Srila Prabhupada has set the minimum number of rounds for a serious devotee at 16. So we need to make this vow, to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day without fail. And the other thing is we need to follow the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication. And of course we need to read all of Srila Prabhupada’s books. So you are very eager to read Srila Prabhupada’s books and you have read Bhagavad-gita and are reading Srimad-Bhagavatam. If you can read the books aloud also so you are chanting the Sanskrit verses in the books and hearing them as well that will be more powerful than just reading the books in your mind. Understanding Krishna consciousness is much more about hearing and chanting. It is not so much an intellectual process but depends on hearing and chanting.

      So you can just gradually get all of Srila Prabhupada’s books and read them all. All of Prabhupada’s books are very good and we need to read all of his books…

      So keep chanting Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  2. kowsthub Srihari says:

    Hare Krishna. Thank you for your mail it was nice reading about Krishna. I’m actually interested in Krishna and wanted to know how to serve him and love him. Due to Krishna’s grace I was born in brahmana family in India and from my childhood I was interested in Krishna and wanted to know how to serve him. Tell me how to surrender to Krishna and what it means.

    • It is a big question and Srila Prabhupada has written almost 100 books to teach this to you. So PLEASE READ SRILA PRABHUPADA’S BOOKS…

      It is not something that I can write in a couple of paragraphs. It is a science, it is something you have to study under the authority of a bonafide spiritual master. You have to study the books. You have to apply the teachings in your life. You have to undergo the course of study and pass the exams.

  3. Babatunde says:

    It is the 3rd day in March 2017 and I am still in love with Krishna. Hare Krishna, Hare Rama.

  4. hari namamrta dasa (hare krishna money) says:

    HARE KRISHNA HARI HARI BHOL

    Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Shrila Prabhupad, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Lord Krishna

    Prabhuji,

    Now we are holidaying in Charleston in SC in USA.
    Thanks for the important information about Krishna. It is greatly useful for us to use while distributing books. In Charleston in SC we distributed books 2 boxes. Unfortunately, due to various reasons we could not continue. This is a favourable place for book distribution for people are interested to know more.

    As a senior person, mind is not allowing to go further in distribution of books and speak to people.

    In case you have someone who will be abe to visit this place and distribute books, it is a worthy place.

    Thanks for this best topic Krishna

    Yurs humble servant
    hari namamrta dasa

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      It is very, very good news that you have distributed two of Srila Prabhupada’s books in Charleston SC. But it is not good that your mind is not letting you distribute more books… We have to expect this. As soon as we try a little bit to serve Srila Prabhupada and Krishna the mind will come up with so many very good reasons why we should not do it…

      So we have to learn to IGNORE THE MAD MIND.

      So just keep on distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books yourself wherever you find yourself in the world. Don’t think that others will come there to distribute Prabhupada’s books. You are there so you have to take it as your responsibility to help the people in that place by giving them Prabhupada’s books.

      So please just ignore your mind and distribute more of Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental books to the people there.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Ignore the mad mind says:

        Yes, ignore the mad mind.

        Have you heard Srila Prabhupada’s beautiful song(composed by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada):
        dusta mana tumi kisora visnava! pratisthara tare nirjanera ghare
        Tava harinama kevala kaitava

        Srila Prabhupada always asked his disciples, to help save the people no matter what problem we face(or whatever excuse the mind tries to give). So please distribute his books…Please save the souls, please , there are innumerable of them suffering here, and waiting for us, for the nectar we have with us. We cant be selfish enough to go back to godhead alone…

  5. Mohini Murti says:

    Sri Krsna Sankirtan Ki Jai,all glories to Srila Pabhupada Ki Jai,we are sooo blessed ,considering where we all came from,that is the mercy of a pure devotee!Hare Krsna
    Mohini

  6. Veeranjinigowda says:

    Hare Krishna
    Where can I get Hare Krishna mahamantra meaning ?

  7. Veeranjinigowda says:

    Hare Krishna
    All glories to hare Krishna mahamantra

    Why u ar telling Radhanath swami is Mayavadi ?
    He is Krishna devotee or not?

    • Hare Krishna Veeranjinigowda

      Actually devotee of Krishna is a very rare thing, Mayavadi is very common. These days almost everyone who is a little bit interested in spirituality, particularly in India, is a Mayavadi.

      This is because we are basically self-interested. We are all inclined in that way in the material world because this material world is a prison house and only the criminals are sent here. So we have all come to the material world because we are envious of Krishna and we want to become like Krishna.

      Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna is the controller, and our eternal natural position is that we are eternal servants of Krishna.

      But because we have a little independence then sometimes we become envious of Krishna and we want the attention ourselves. Instead of surrendering to Krishna and serving Krishna we start to think it would be good if people would surrender to us and serve us instead… That is why we come to the material world. Because we do not want to surrender to and serve Krishna, we want to imitate Him.

      So you will find practically everyone these days is like this, even ISKCON gurus, they have some personal interest, they want something for themselves. It is natural in the material world. It is very rare to find a pure devotee in the material world.

      But those who are not pure devotees and get into the ‘guru business’ for some personal benefit are the greatest criminals and Krishna has set aside the worst hellish planet for there future residence. You can read about this in Sri Isopanisad.

      As far as Radhanatha Swami, yes, he is a Mayavadi. You can just read his biography, I think it is called ‘coming home’ or something like that. There he clearly mentions prominently his Mayavadi gurus and he minimizes Srila Prabhupada. So even he puts great importance on his Mayavadi gurus. And you will see he is always associating with Mayavadis. Devotees do not associate with Mayavadis…

      So yes, you can know if for certain that Radhanatha Swami is a Mayavadi. You need to avoid his association if you want to make advancement in Krishna consciousness.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  8. Miki Gross says:

    Hare Krishna, Thank you for your message that I received in my Gmail this morning, “Who Is Krishna?” My background is Christian/Catholic. I have recently got the Bhagavad-gita as it is and a Japa beads from your Krishna store. I believe that it is so simple to stay in contact and get even closer to Krishna when our life may have turmoil simply by chanting. We do not have to think about what to ask God. It’s covered in the Maha Mantra Hare Krishna chant. In Christianity you have to ask/beg God to intervene and might not know how to say it. Anyways, thank you for your message. I look very much forward to the next Krishna Connect newsletter. Thank you.

    • Hare Krishna Miki

      Yes. Your realizations are very good. Chanting Hare Krishna is perfect. It can be understood as a prayer to Krishna, “Krishna, please engage me in Your service.”

      So the idea is that a devotee does not ask Krishna to give him things for his enjoyment. No. A devotee simply desires to be engaged in the service of Krishna. He wants to do things that please Krishna. And, because we are all part and parcel of Krishna, if Krishna is pleased by our service then automatically we become pleased also.

      This is actually the secret to happiness. If we can make Krishna happy by our service then we will be happy. There is no other way to be happy.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  9. Sujatha says:

    Knowing about Krishna I felt sweet while reading this article.I am blessed with God Krishna from big danger,afterthat now I am feeling everything is new to me.Glory to the Krishna.Thanks Sir.If any mistakes from m6 communication please correct me.I am the one of the learner or student of u in spirituality.

  10. Shiyam Sunder says:

    Hare Kirshna

    I have query, who are Mahadeva and Brahma? Are they subordinate of Shri Kirshna?

  11. Nishant P Mehta says:

    Super write up, Thanks..

    Jai Sri Krishna !!


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My first contact with a Hare Krishna was a most merciful Mataji in Oxford Street, London who sold me a "Higher Taste" cook book in 1984 while I was on holidays there. I started seriously reading Srila Prabhupada's books in Australia 1985 and by 1986 Srila Prabhupada had convinced me "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead" and "we should surrender to Krishna."I joined the Hare Krishnas in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. Since then I have been chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books and preaching as much as I can.That's my life and full-time occupation now really. I like it more than anything I've ever experienced before. Srila Prabhupada's books are so amazing... Even after reading them all many times they're still fresh and new. They are truly transcendental!That's it really. Now I'm just hankering to once again see the world chant Hare Krishna, dance and feast and float away in the ecstasy of Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement as it did in Srila Prabhupada's physical presence. Let the whole world drown in the ecstatic flood of love of Krishna!


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