Why and How to worship Lord Krishna

The Supreme Divine:

The holy book of Hindu, Bhagvad Gita, contains the verses of Lord Krishna:

"yada yada hi dharmasya

glanir bhavati bharata

abhyutthanam adharmasya

tadatmanam srjamy aham"

(Whenever and wherever there is a decline in virtue/righteousness and a predominant rise of immorality—at that time I manifest Myself as an embodied being.")

 This core outlines the existence and defines the life purpose of Lord Krishna. Being the great philosopher and teacher, his teachings are contained in the Holy Book of Bhagvad Gita, which is considered to be the well known scripture across the world. This eight avatar of Lord Vishnu, not only became the vanquisher of evil, but also was a great example of how to dedicate one’s self towards life’s purpose and yet experience life as a celebration.


Why to worship Lord Krishna

Having witnessed the universal form of Lord Krishna on the battlefield, Arjuna surrenders himself to absorb the knowledge Lord Krishna imparts. He asks Lord Krishna,

arjuna uvāca

evaḿ satata-yuktā ye

bhaktās tvāḿ paryupāsate

ye cāpy akṣaram avyaktaḿ

teṣāḿ ke yoga-vittamāḥ

 

(“Who are considered to be more perfect, those who are always properly engaged in your devotional service or those who worship the eternal and unmanifest)

 To this Lord Krishna answers, that those devotees who worship him with pure devotion and engage in his eternal service, and even those who believe and are devoted to unmanifest, attain him. He conveys that those who believe in unmanifest find it irksome to focus their intense love and devotion towards a disembodied object. Hence, putting intense belief and faith towards that which has form makes the attainment of enlightenment more graceful. He concludes, that whose minds are absorbed in him and totally immersed in his glory, are more devoted to him and are also blessed with the deliverance from ever going cycle of birth and death. A human being is usually caught up in the vicious cycle of Karma (the cycle of rebirth). Hence Spiritually, Moksha is considered to be the ultimate goal of life. One who attains the highest state of enlightenment is blessed with Moksha (eternal salvation). Worshiping Lord Krishna is considered the most euphoric medium of reaching this destination.

How to worship Lord Krishna

 

The primary teachings of Bhagvad Gita and our Hindu Scriptures, all conceptualize that, We humans are mere temporary bodies and that as eternal spirits and consciousness, We can find real joy and peacefulness only in Lord Krishna's devotion. Hence, the unsurpassed way to worship the mighty would be to lose one's materialistic self and focus their entire consciousness towards him. There many ways on How to worship Lord Krishna .


Chanting:

Mantra means Man (mind) tra (to free). Hence, Mantra is a channel through which one aims at freeing the mind of all the materialism which one acquires along the life experiences. The main observance of Lord Krishna is marked by chanting the Maha mantra/ Hare Rama mantra.

                                                           "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare"

Chanting this mantra produces a dynamic sound vibration which is known to neutralize one's mental disturbances. This ultimately taps and awakens the natural state of restfulness and peace.

Consisting of three divine elements, in this mantra:

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Hare, means energy. Known as Shakti in Sanskrit, it correlates to Goddess Radha. Krishna, meaning the most attractive and Supreme Godhead and Rama, means the zone of ultimate joy.

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 Though one can chant this mantra anywhere and anytime, Morning hours are considered the perfect. Blissful state as an outcome of this chanting, is the best way to start a day. This chanting can be performed either alone with Japa beads or in a group as Kirtana/Bhajana along with musical instruments.

 Japa beads are a string of 108 beads, including one head bead. Chanting with these beads not only keeps one attentive of the mantra, but also the count of it. A japa consists of gently rolling the beads between the thumb and middle finger while chanting 'Hare Krishna Hare ram'. Starting from bead next to head bead, the chanting is aligned with rolling beads till one reaches the last bead. This completes one japa, i.e 108 chants.

 The same mantra, in the form of singing along with others accompanied by musical instruments is known as kirtana. Having people around also participating in the chants with same zeal and vigour, makes the kirtana a much more enriching experience.


Simple Puja:

When japa / kirtana/ bhajana is done in front of altars, it is considered to be the most effective. These altars are considered to be the abode of the Lord krishna and hence setup and adorned with dedicated care.

 Setting up an altar equates to inviting Lord Krishna to your home. Hence, as a location, A calm and quiet place is considered appropriate, which can be adorned with his idols or pictures along with Radha’s. To keep the vicinity lively, the altar is decorated with flowers and fruits. To make an invited guest feel comfortable, One must always be available at service. Hence, the altar should always be in an accessible place with comfortable seating to serve Lord Krishna.

 Along with the traditional way of Hindu worship, Tulasi leaves are considered as the best offering to Lord Krishna. Completion of every pooja is then marked with distribution of Prasad, which mainly consists of fruits offered to Lord.

Also, Reading Bhagavad Gita helps in calming and moulding the mental self which defines better direction to deal with worldly things.

Celebrate the trance

 

The beauty of worshipping Lord Krishna lies in freeing one’s self from the accumulated material contamination and being able to develop untapped zeal for life. Getting to celebrate life in such manner is a blessing in itself and stepping stone towards attaining Lord Krishna.

 

In today’s world of Kalyug, One goes about getting distracted with material things which holds it pleasance only for a short while. This way, one goes about seeking pleasures in objects one after other. The quest continues and he gets caught up in the cycle. As Krishna’s devotee, the journey begins with flushing out this gathered sense of false and short lived joy. Having attained the stable heart and mind, the devotee goes onto dedicating himself into Lord Krishna’s pure devotion. The joy and trance which follows afterwards, hence becomes the ultimate experience and long lasting joy. I hope this given an idea of how to worship Lord Krishna

Lets celebrate the trance

 Hare Krishna!