The Bhagavad Gita’s major character is Sri Krishna. Hindus regard Sri Krishna to be an Avatar, or a direct descendant of God. Krishna offered Arjuna the famous spiritual discourse of the Bhagavad Gita at the Battle of Kurukshetra – Krishna taught a spiritual path of wisdom, devotion, and discrimination. During his sojourn in Vrindavan with Radha and the Gopis, Sri Krishna popularised devotional bhakti yoga.
“Whenever, O descendant of Bharata, righteousness diminishes and wickedness reigns, I show Myself,” Sri Krishna remarked in the Bhagavad Gita’s first section. From generation to age, I appear for the protection of the virtuous, the destruction of the wicked, and the establishment of religion.” – Sri Krishna
In the year 3,228 BCE, Sri Krishna was born in northern India. Sri Krishna’s life is considered by the Puranas to represent the transition from the Dvapara to the Kali Yuga (current age)
Krishna was born in a jail to Devaki and Vasudeva, two pious parents. His life was in jeopardy at the moment of his birth because the dictator Kamsa was attempting to assassinate him. Kamsa was supposed to be murdered by Devaki’s seventh child, according to the prophecy. Sri Krishna was smuggled out of jail as the ninth child to be reared by his foster parents Nanda and Yasoda in Gokula. Nanda led a humble existence and was the local cow-herding community’s head. These days, Sri Krishna is frequently represented as a naughty youngster who enjoys playing pranks and having a good time. Sri Krishna is revered by some as the perfect child of innocence.
Krishna is said to have destroyed the demons Trinavarta and Putana even when he was a child. He is also claimed to have raised Govardhana, a neighbouring hill, to shield the peasants from Indra’s wrath.
In Brindavan, Sri Krishna
Sri Krishna is frequently shown playing the flute for his loving gopis — female followers – in the early stages of his existence. Radha was the most devoted of all of them.
This life event had a significant impact on the Hindu Bhakti devotional movement. This bhakti tradition had a significant role in the lives of future avatars like Sri Chaitanya and Sri Ramakrishna. Sri Krishna taught that there were various ways to achieve self-realization, but the quickest road was devotion.
Bhagavad Gita and Sri Krishna
Sri Krishna murdered his uncle Kansa on his return to Mathura, after Kansa had attempted to assassinate Krishna multiple times.
He befriended the Pandava Prince Arjuna in Mathura. Sri Krishna became Arjuna’s advisor and buddy.
The battle of Kurukshetra was fought between the Pandavas and the Kauravas (led by King Dhritarashtra). Despite the Kauravas’ provocations, Sri Krishna attempted to intervene in order to prevent a fight. He requested that the Kauravas just grant the Pandavas a little piece of land.
Dhritarashtra, on the other hand, was adamant about not making any concessions. When battle became unavoidable, Sri Krishna offered Arjuna the option of choosing either Sri Krishna or Krishna’s soldiers. Rather of relying on his soldiers, Arjuna sought the advice of Sri Krishna.
Sri Krishna offered the epic discourse of the Bhagavad Gita on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, which was an exposition of Sri Krishna’s yoga and how an ambitious seeker can pursue oneness with God. Unlike previous Indian texts, the Bhagavad Gita does not call for global renunciation, but rather for world acceptance. The Bhagavad Gita and Sri Krishna’s life were crucial in making spirituality accessible to regular people – not only yogis who had given up their worldly possessions. Sri Krishna’s core message was for man to engage in desireless conduct, driven by the Divine Cause rather than human ego.
During the fight, Sri Krishna appeared on occasion to assist Arjuna and the Pandavas in their victory. Sri Krishna went back on his word, demonstrating that his love for his dearest student outweighed so-called human morality.
Sri Krishna also revealed Arjuna’s entire spiritual Realisation by revealing his global form. Arjuna therefore became a student of Sri Krishna, rather than merely a friend and admirer. Sri Krishna was both a human and a celestial being. He performed a human role as an avatar, but he was also a fully realised soul – one with God. Few people recognised Sri Krishna’s spiritual height during his lifetime.
Sri Krishna had eight wives and a large number of sons. His sons, on the other hand, were unspiritual and grew progressively pompous and arrogant. Sri Krishna is allegedly claimed to have taken 16,100 additional ladies from Narakasura’s palace after slaying Narakasura. It illustrates Sri Krishna’s compassion for society’s impoverished and unfortunate victims, as well as archaic societal customs.
Krishna visited Gandhari after the Conflict of Kurukshetra to express his condolences (Gandhari, Dhritarashtra’s wife, having lost 100 sons in the battle). Gandhari blamed Sri Krishna because she felt he might have stopped the killing. Krishna, as well as everyone from the Yadu dynasty, was cursed by Gandhari to die within 36 years. Sri Krishna accepted the curse gladly since his sons had become misbehaving and he realised his mission was coming to an end.
Dwarka is the home of Sri Krishna.
Sri Krishna later moved to Dwarka, where he resided for many years. According to legend, Sri Krishna was murdered by an arrow fired through his ankle by a hunter who mistaken him for a deer. Sri Krishna’s ankle was the only weak spot on his body. He peacefully embraced death, knowing that his time on this planet had come to an end.