“One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities, does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna!” (Geeta 4.9)
In order to understand the divine plays of Lord Krishna, one needs to understand his transcendental nature. Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) - a non-profit, non-government and a leading spiritual organization, headed and founded by His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, organized a seven-day program of Shrimad Bhagwat Katha, from Aug 28th- Sep 3nd, 2016 at Muktsar, Punjab. Large number of devotees and many eminent guests marked their presence in the event.
Orator, Sadhvi Vishwambhara Bharti Ji, disciple of Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, explained that the birth of Lord Krishna and its successive events are the metaphors with deep spiritual meaning. Kansa represents the ego. The ego has demon-like propensities, such as hypocrisy, arrogance, pride, anger, harshness and ignorance. When the ego leads, we delude ourselves by taking falsehood as truth, unreal as real causing personal as well as collective destruction, chaos and sorrow. Devaki, pious and wholesome, is representative of that part of human mind that harbors the seed of restoration. She represents our conscience. The moment conscience of a man emerges even slightly, offering a potential change in man, immediately his ego is inclined to suppress it and imprison it like Kansa imprisoned his sister as soon as she became a threat to him and his dynasty.
Vasudeva symbolizes the will of man that is attuned to the command of God. If the conscience is what God appeals to in order to give rise to inner transformation, then the will is what sustains that transformation. Had Vasudeva been weak in his resolve to execute the Lord’s plans, Kansa would have succeeded in his efforts. Lord Krishna represents the Soul. The birth of soul, the higher self, is essential for man to annihilate his lower self, the ego. And for this, soul needs to be separated from ego and enter into another realm where it can strengthen and nurture itself. Thus Lord Krishna was sent to another land, home of Yashoda and Nandalal, who represent holy company of saints under whose custody, soul nurtures and strengthens.
Finally, we see that Krishna was switched for Maya and Kansa mistook her for the eighth child. Here Maya represents the Yog Maya – illusive power that works with God in this world. Maya was born at precisely the same time Lord Krishna was born. That means it was initially created by God to work for Him and with Him to delude those who have evil tendencies within them who have no control over their ego and pride.
In seven-day long program, Sadhvi Ji explained in detail the divine and spiritual revelations behind the divine acts of Lord Krishna, be it his playful act of breaking ‘Matki’s’ to steal buttermilk or dancing on the Kaliya Naag or Maharaas with Gop-Gopi’s or his role in the epic war of Mahabharata or His Geeta sermon to Arjuna.
Reflecting upon the role of the perfect master in a person’s life and importance of Brahm-Gyan, Sadhvi Ji explained that is very necessary in present times to take refuge under a perfect master and walk on the path of spirituality. Its only when a person, enlightened with Brahm-Gyan, enters into deep spiritual realms that one can decode the divine messages of Shrimad Bhagwat Puran.