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. We go on about life expecting something in return all the time. We even help someone thinking that we will get good karma! Instead, we should concentrate on our efforts and do something simply because we must.
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. This is a time when we hear many people complaining about how they have been good to someone and have never wished ill for anyone and yet they are going through problems. This quote is for them to keep believing in doing good and look at problems as a chance to shine.
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. Three things that are hard to find in the 21st century where we are all in a race without an end. But imagine, if the world didn’t have these three things would we even move ahead? Love is the fuel that drives humanity. Compassion is its strength while humility is its nature.
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. We wander looking for perfection and end up being disappointed. Abandoning is never a solution, you can keep improving those defects, filling the void when that is necessary.
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. Your thoughts drive your actions and your actions determine your past, present and future. Irrespective of what happens to us, we can control our mind to react in a certain way, not react at all in some situations and keep it in our control.
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. These are one of the wisest words Krishna has said. We sometimes chose to do nothing with the fear that we will do it wrong and then end up not taking risks at all. Doing is better.
7. “Whatever happened was good. What’s happening, it’s going well. Whatever will happen, will also be good. Do not worry about the future. Live in the present.”
The most fundamental of all principles – live in the present, no matter how hard it is. And take everything in life as a lesson, learning to accept situations and making the best out of them.
Lord Krishna has given us words of wisdom. What we make of those words is upto us. Happy Janmashtami!