My younger one is one curious soul. She has heard all stories in the bhajan “Achyutam keshavam” countless times from either me or my mother in law and every time she has something new to add. Her questions never dry up. And last night to my horror these questions were thrown at me.
Why is Krishna blue?
Why does he have a peacock feather on his crown?
Why does he play a flute?
And before I could satiate her curiosity some more came smashing at my face ..
Why was he born in a jail?
Why did he steal butter? His mom did not feed him?
What is the round thing in his fingers?
Because it was past bed time I promised to giver her answers today (which buys me some time). It is 3 pm and I begin to type the first question on my google browser. Numerous links are thrown at me filled with myths and stories about the lord. I decide to use my own discernment and dig deeper and deeper. I start to reason myself, until I find some logical answers. This brings me to strike gold when I touch upon the book by Master Choa Kok Sui called “Inner teachings of Hinduism revealed”.
Krishna is deemed blue or black or dark-skinned because when seen clairvoyantly he has a blue aura. Blue is the colour of the blue pearl, it’s the colour of the omnipresent. The bluish tinge in Lord Krishna’s skin is not the colour of the material body but the eternal spiritual body of the Lord that emits blue aura. Whatever is immeasurable can appear to the mortal eye only as blue, just like the cloudless summer sky appears blue to the physical eye. Since Lord Krishna is beyond our perception, it seemed apt to attribute this colour to him.
Peacock is a sacred bird and the peacock feather is sacred too because it has the blue pearl in it. Wearing the peacock feather denotes how evolved Krishna was and that his 12th chakra was highly activated. He wears the feather to the right of his head because that is the intuitive side. Peacocks in India are a symbol of purity. There is a mythological belief that peacocks do not use sex for reproduction but rather, the peahen drinks the tears of the peacock to conceive. Thus, Krishna is as pure as a peacock. Krishna is known to be the Askalitha Brahmacharya, one who is eternally a Brahmacharya as despite being married his aim was never any sensual pleasures but only the betterment of the world.
Krishna blew air into the hollow bamboo flute and produced the most beautiful sound, the sound of self of love. Like the flute you are neither the mind, the body or the thought. You are the soul, you are “That I AM”. Your heart is like the empty flute, only when it is filled with love it can create melody. Knowledge without love is lifeless. Knowledge without love is lifeless. The love from the heart symbolised in the melody of the flute and the attainment of knowledge symbolised by the blue pearl in the peacock feather completes Krishna.
Use your own discernment, how can a boy dance on a serpent’s head?
It shows that Krishna’s kundalini (which is depicted by the snake) was highly evolved. Kundalini is a Sanskrit term from ancient India that identifies the arising of an energy and consciousness which has been coiled at the base of the spine since birth, and is the source of the life force (pranic energy, chi , bio-energy). When the kundalini energy flows upwards and reaches the crown you attain supreme enlightenment.
Krishna is a symbol of the body and spirit, a symbol of each one of us in our enlightened form. When you become aware of your true self, you will realise that there is no difference between you and Krishna. Understanding Krishna finally leads you to the discovery of the self.
BE YOUR OWN KRISHNA
Now, my irony is how to explain these things to my 7 yr old? Wish me luck!
Happiness and sunshine
Disclaimer: I do not intend to challenge any religious beliefs or values. Depicting Krishna is beyond the scope of this post.