If there was a survey or a poll to establish which of the many Hindu Gods is the most 'popular' or followed, in all probability, Krishna would top the list. But sadly the media is too obsessed with the so-called celebrities and their love lives, or our 'oh-so-efficient' politicians and their sinful deeds. Also, conducting such a poll may amount to breach of secularism, which we so proudly flaunt, Home Minister may even term it Saffron terror. (Pun intended)
But the concept of Krishna Consciousness goes beyond Hinduism. It involves subtle nationalism, profound spiritualism and the oneness of all faiths. Interestingly, Krishna happens to be the only Hindu God, Who is considered as a prophet in an Islamic Sect. The Ahmaddiya Sect revers Krishna as a great prophet (Avatar as we call it) of Hindus. Buddhism and Jainism, being offshoots of Hinduism, have their own special connection with Kanha.Even Baha'i Faith worships krishna and lists him in the elite company of Zoroaster, Buddha, Muhammad, Jesus Christ, the Báb, and the founder of the Bahá'í Faith, Bahá'u'lláh. Clearly, the dude is India's one of the earliest and finest global exports.
Krishna is perhaps the 'most approachable' of all Gods. He is the one with whom we can relate, collate and communicate. While Ram is the ideal one, with values and virtues, that are hard to match (Specially in the present times), Krishna is more delightful in his offerings. He is shrewd, tactful, unmatched diplomat, savior of mankind and benevolent.
Hindus have always looked up to the various manifestations of Vishnu to gain inspiration. "Which is the ideal path", we often wonder. Krishna offers an almost instant noodle solution. So a kid can emulate his prank-ridden childhood, a youngster can take tuition on love matters and an adult can learn the nuances of diplomacy, righteousness and compassion.
In an India, where love birds are tormented and killed in the name of honor, Krishna is the way forward. For a political class so spineless and unimaginative, Krishna's lessons on diplomacy are nothing sort of a treatise.
It's time all the Madhavs, Govindas, Kanhaiyas, Gopals and Mohans stood up and act as saviors, on the lines of their Illustrious namesake. When Krishna said that He comes down to earth every time chaos takes toll, he did not mean it literally. It was a call for Us, the mortals, to carry forward his legacy, to act on his behalf. So lets clean up the dirt, folks!
P.S.- All of us are pleasure-seeking creatures. So you can say that directly or indirectly we are all seeking Krishna. Chanting Hare Krishna is a way of seeking Krishna directly.
First Published on Facebook on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 8:47pm on Occasion of Janmashtami