Krishna Janmashtami also known simply as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar human incarnation of Lord Vishnu. All over the world Indians are getting ready to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami on 2nd September 2018.
Hindus celebrate Janmashtami by fasting, singing, praying together, preparing and sharing special food, and visiting Krishna or Vishnu temples.
Yashoda is the foster-mother to the god Krishna and a wife of Nanda in Vrindawan Within the Bhagavata Purana, it is described that Krishna who was born to Devaki, was given to Yashoda and Nanda in Gokulum exchanging her daughter Yogmaya by Krishna’s father Vasudeva on the night of his birth, for his protection from Devaki’s brother, Kamsa, the king of Mathura.
Every act of shree Krishna has a profound meaning
Krishna steals hearts
Why stealing butter is his favorite pastime
Little Krishna, who grew up in the care of Yashoda and Nanda was immensely loved by everyone in the neighbourhood. Little Krishna shared a special liking for white butter. He finishes all the butter in his home and would go around with his group of friends and steal butter from neighbouring houses. And hence he earned the name of ‘Makhan Chor’ (butter thief). But have you ever really wondered what this butter stealing act means?
The Gopikas in the Gokulum spent hours to churn the curd to get butter, but in the end, it only belonged to Krishna, the Almighty.
Just as butter permeates milk although it cannot be seen directly in the milk the same way the essence of the Divinity permeates all beings although It cannot be perceived directly with our material senses.
The churning of the butter is to reflect the Lord within the mind. The mind is compared to the churning rod, the body to the vessel, continous meditation to curd, and the Spiritual inner-Inquiry to churning process. The continous churning of curd draws forth butter and the butter floats on the surface. Similarly, the continuous inner inquiry in the Naam results in enlightenment. The mind must be as light as butter and must be detached from the materialistic world. Only then, would we succeed in attaining enlightenment which is Pure Knowledge.
Krishna stole hearts that were as pure, soft and white as butter. For Krishna to take over our hearts they need to be spotless and pure. One mustn’t harbor anger, pride, greed, envy, hatred and ego in the heart. Hence, Krishna is also known as Chittachora (one who steals hearts).