Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Krishna and his flute:

A laughing religion, a religion that accepts life in its totality is yet to be born.
And it is good that the old religions are dead, along with them, that the old God, the God of our old concepts is dead too. 

                 Every religion, up to now, has divided life into two parts, and while they accept one part they deny the other, Krishna alone accepts the whole of life. Acceptance of life in its totality has attained full fruition
in Krishna. That is why India held him to be a perfect incarnation of God, while all other incarnations were assessed as imperfect and incomplete. Even Rama is described as an incomplete incarnation of God. But Krishna is the whole of God.

 Albert Schweitzer criticism of the Indian religion:

               Albert Schweitzer made a significant remark in criticism of the Indian religion. He said that the religion of this country is life negative. This remark is correct to a large extent, if Krishna is left out. But it is utterly wrong in the context of Krishna. If Schweitzer had tried to understand Krishna he would never have said so.

Krishna and his flute:

Krishna  and his flute as a symbol is just the opposite of the cross. There is no sense in putting a flute on a grave; it needs throbbing lips and supple fingersto play it. It needs a singing and dancing heart, a soul brimming with joy and bliss to hold it.

                 It is not that life is without its hurts and pains; it cannot be. But if a person brings his focus only to the  hurt and pain and goes on accumulating them, he will soon cease to meet with any happy moments
in life.

                 Krishna chooses the flute for himself. It is necessary to bear in mind that while the flute is intrinsic to Krishna and his life – it symbolizes him. Krishna plays the flute for the love of it. Nobody has forced it on him; he has chosen it for himself. 
              Krishna’s flute symbolizing life’s benediction and man’s gratefulness to life for this blessing.Krishna has made his choice for happiness, for bliss. In fact, when life is so good and great, Krishna cannot but choose to be happy, and he says it with the flute.

Happy person is a religious person:

            And just as an unhappy person does not suffer alone, he makes many others unhappy, similarly a happy person becomes the source of happiness for countless numbers of people. So when Krishna plays his flute, its melody, its bliss, does not remain confined to him. Pleasure and pain, happiness and unhappiness are contagious; they are communicable from one to another they spread and escalate like wildfire.

                     So the one who decides to be unhappy is condemning the whole world to be unhappy. And the person who decides to be happy is going to bless the whole to be happy, he is going to add to the song and
music of life all over this planet. Therefore a happy person is a religious person; and an unhappy person is utterly irreligious.

                      Nothing except happiness, blissfulness, is a religious quality. In this sense Krishna is truly a religious person, whose whole being exudes nothing but happiness and bliss. And such a person can bless the whole of
mankind, he is a living blessing to the world.