This Janmashtami let’s celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna by remembering what he left behind – his thoughts and teachings!
Janmashtami is celebrated every year in India to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna. He was born in Mathura on the eighth day of Shravan to Devaki and Vasudeva. He is considered to be the eight avatar of Lord Vishnu.
Lord Krishna was born in a time of chaos – when humans had turned against each other and cunningness was rampant. His sayings have been recorded in the Bhagavad Gita which is considered to be the holy book of the Hindus and an epic that consists of extremely precious knowledge.
Here are 7 quotes by Lord Krishna that we need to remember, which will help us sail through life smoothly:
1. “Set your heart upon your work but never on its reward.”
Focus on what you are giving than focusing on what you get.
2. “No one who does good work will ever come to a bad end, either here or in the world to come.”
Do your good work, even if the things that follow immediately are bad, you will not meet a bad end.
3. “Do everything you have to do, but not with greed, not with ego, not with lust, not with envy but with love, compassion and humility.”
This is the basis of doing anything – love, compassion and humility. The things you do with these feelings will definitely turn out to be good.
4. “No one should abandon duties because he sees defects in them. Every action, every activity, is surrounded by defects as a fire is surrounded by smoke.”
Defects can be corrected and nothing is perfect. Abandoning is never a solution.
5. “For one who has conquered his mind, mind is the best friend but for one who has failed to do so, mind is the greatest enemy.”
Everything begins from your mind – it is your choice whether to make it your best friend or your greatest enemy.
6. “Perform your obligatory duty, because action is indeed better than inaction.”
Choose to act, don’t stand by. Don’t choose to be a coward.
7. “Whatever happened was good. What’s happening, it’s going well. Whatever will happen, will also be good. Do not worry for the future. Live in the present.”
The most fundamental of all principles – live in the present, no matter how hard it is.
Lord Krishna has given us words of wisdom. What we make of those words is upto us.