By Sri Sandip Dasgupta
Welcome to the Janmashtami edition of our electronic magazine. As we celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna, let us reflect on some of the teachings of our Master, Sri Sri Babathakur.
In the words of our Master, when we invert the word “Dhara”, it becomes “Radha”. Dhara represents the flow of our thoughts from oneness to manyness – He is asking us to reverse the flow of our thoughts towards the One God that is within each and every one of us – the Lord Krishna that is in each and every one of us. That’s what happened to Radha -- that’s why Radha became unified with Lord Krishna.
Our Master has reminded us on many occasions that the Gods that we see in temples have been made by man and that we’re busy worshiping those man-made Gods. We offer the best of foods and garlands to them and we pray to them. While reminding us that the real God resides within each and every one of us, Sri Sri Babathakur has let us know that He will be much happier if we were to offer food to the Narayan residing within us (my interpretation is that he is referring to the Daridra Narayan, who is in need of food in this apparent world).
In the bhajan, “Krishna Bhaja Maana”, he has clearly asked us to recognize the Krishna amongst all of us, and love each other as if we were to love Lord Krishna. This will remove any sense of hatred, competition, rivalry amongst ourselves and make our lives peaceful.
So on this Janmashtami, let us pray to our Master that we start internalizing his teachings and practicing them in our daily lives.
Joy Babathakur! Joy Babathakur! Joy Babathakur!