Who is Lord Krishna?
Today, Lord Krishna is known and worshipped in two forms, as the
Baal Krishna (child Krishna) and as Yogeshwar
Krishna. The only person who truly understands Lord Krishna is the
Gnani Purush (self realized person), for such a person has
the same awareness of the soul as Lord Krishna. Such
Gnanis are extremely rare.
Many think that Lord Krishna fought wars, killed many people,
had sixteen thousand queens and lived a leisurely, luxurious
worldly life. In the said scenario, why is he considered God ? Why
do people all around the world worship him so devoutly?
In reality, God (i.e. the Soul) had manifested in
Lord Krishna. In other words, he was a Self-Realized being. He had
constant awareness of being a Pure Soul; (the constant awareness
that, "The body is separate and I am a Pure Soul".)
Despite his physical involvement in worldly affairs, he always
had the awareness that 'I am not the 'doer' of anything. Although
he had so many queens and lived a rich and palatial life, he was in
fact 'Naishthik Brahmachari' (one who is detached from all
worldly passions and no inclination towards sexual passions.) He
lived with the awareness that he could not escape his
karmas and that he had no choice but to undergo the
effects of his karma, with awareness.
The Essence of 'The Gita'
Before the great war of the Mahabharat Lord Krishna said to
Arjun, "Arjun, you have been with me for a long time, but still you
haven't known me in the true sense. What you see in front of you is
not the real me; what you see is the physical body. I am separate
from this body. I am a Pure Soul. You too, are a Pure Soul. Your
brothers, uncles, gurus and friends with whom you are about to
fight, are also Pure Souls. This (fighting) is your destiny
(karma), so you have to carry it out with this awareness of the
Soul. If you remain in this awareness and fight the war,
you will not bind any new karmas and your remaining ones
will be exhausted. This will lead you to ultimate salvation."
Thus, Arjun remained in the awareness Lord Krishna gave him. He
killed many great men but still did not bind a single karma and
achieved ultimate salvation in the same life.
The Celebration of Janmasthmi (birthday of Lord
Krishna) takes place at all Trimandirs, with special
programmes including bhakti.