Sunday, August 24, 2008

Happy Krishna Ashtami

May the Lord who is beyond manifestation, who manifested as the son of Devaki-Vasudeva and Yasoda-Nanda, who later in His infinite compassion milked the ocean of wisdom in the Upanishads and taught to Arjuna, so that seekers for all future times may not miss it, manifest himself in our hearts so that we can see Him. In particular are relevant BG. 10.10, 10.11 and 18.62.

This is what Shri Sastri-ji says:
nishiithe tama udbhUte jAyamAne janArdane |
devakyAm devarUpiNyAm viShNuH sarvaguhAshayaH||
AvirAsiid yathA prAcyAm dishiinduriva puShkalaH ||

Then, at the hour of midnight, which ushered in the advent of the Lord janArdana, when the darkness was at its most intense, viShNu, who dwells in the cave of the hearts of all creatures, revealed Himself as He verily is, in divinely beautiful devakii, even as the full-orbed moon rises in the eastern sky.

The Lord, who is eternal, manifested Himself, just as the moon, which is ever present, becomes visible in the eastern sky when it rises. He is compared to the full moon to indicate His fullness (pUrNatvam).

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