Lord Krishna Text & Images

Lord Krishna was a dynamic incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was an Avatar.
An Avatar is one who is attuned to the supreme Consciousness from his very
birth. Krishna’s incarnation brought about a profound and powerful influence
upon Indian thought and life. There is no aspect of Indian life, culture
and civilisation which does not receive his revitalising  touch. 
India’s  philosophy  and  religion, mysticism and poetry,
painting and sculpture, music and dance articulated Krishna’s theme and
thought. Every aspect of Krishna’s life and deeds has a mystic symbolism
indicating a sublime truth. Some of them are explained below. They should
set a direction to the reader for deeper study and discovery of the allegorical
significance of the entire story of Krishna

Krishna is blue in colour and wears yellow clothes. Blue colour
has been always associated with infinity. The sky appears blue. So does
the ocean. Yellow colour represents earth. When sand is introduced in a
colourless flame, the flame turns yellow. The blue form of Krishna clothed
in yellow therefore suggests the Infinite Reality reduced to a finite human
being. The incarnation of Krishna represents the descent of God on earth.
This idea of the limitless, formless Reality being constricted and restricted
to a limited, human form is again suggested by Krishna’s birth in a prison.
The divine child was however not confined to the prison. No sooner was
Krishna born than the prison doors miraculously flung open. The guards
could not hold the child back. The child’s father, Vasudeva, carried him
out of the prison in spite of the severe restrictions imposed on him. This
episode is meant to convey that the infinite being can never be really
restricted or limited to the human form. A Godman is ever free and liberated.
The Atman in man is limitless. Only his body, mind and intellect are limited,
finite. These material equipments have a beginning and an end. They cannot
restrict the Atman. The Atman is eternal, all-pervading, infinite. Krishna
represents that Atman

Krishna was born in Mathura. His uncle, Karnsa was a tyrant. Karnsa
imprisoned his father and usurped the throne of Mathura. He reigned over
Mathura. His minister Chanura was equally wicked and cruel. Under the rule
of these two tyrants Mathura suffered greatly from confusion and chaos.
Krishna destroyed them both and restored peace and order in that land.
The word “mudhwam” means sweetness. The land of Mathura represents the
personality of man. Man’s essential nature is his Atman. His real nature
is ever sweet, peaceful and blissful. But when the evil forces of ego and
egocentric desires usurp man’s personality he suffers from stress and strain,
worries and anxieties. He is agitated and sorrowful. He loses his blissful
nature. To regain the lost bliss man has to destroy his ego and ego-centric
desires and establish his identity with his supreme Self.

Krishna is often represented as playing a flute. The enchanting
music emanating from the flute of the Lord is the bliss of Godhood enjoyed
by the man of Realisation.

The flute is hollow but it can produce enchanting music. So too when
man empties himself of his vasanas and desires the Divinity within him
flows out with enchanting bliss. Man has to give up all his claims upon
his body, mind and intellect, give up all his egocentric connections, all
thoughts of ‘mine’ and ‘thine’, rise above them all and chant OM (Krishna),
remove all selfishness from the flute of his body and fill it with the
divine breath of OM.


In the Bhagavad Gita Arjun surrenders to Lord Krishna completely
and seeks his advice. Krishna gives him the entire philosophy of life in
the eighteen chapters of the Gita and towards the end of the last chapter
he declares to Arjun ?I have declared the highest wisdom to you reflect
upon it and act as you choose to?

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