Dairy product junkie. Lover par excellence. Management guru. Aka Lord Krishna.
Why does Krishna ignite our imagination? Among the supposedly 33crore Hindu gods, Krishna has staked his claim as the rockstar of Hindu deitydom. Almost like a Global Idol.
Born in dire circumstances. Saved from sure death by being substituted with Ma Durga (in baby form) at birth. Naughty child. The imparter of the ultimate spiritual wisdom. His entire life is full of surprising lessons which we can imbibe to improve our own lives.
Dairy product junkie:
Young Krishna was a handful. Adored and pampered by surrogate mother Yashoda, he demanded immense patience from her when the ladies of the tribe accused him of stealing butter from their pots.
“Look Ma, nothing,” he said, once when accused of eating mud, as he opened his mouth and revealed the Universe to her.
Lesson1: Wasn’t this his way of saying to her (and to us): We people are all part of the same world? Let us love each other as one.
Fed up of his antics but more than that, of the complaints, Mother Yashoda tried many times to tie him to the mortar. She thought this way he would remain out of trouble. The rope fell short every time and that too by just two fingers length. But one day, pleased by her unceasing maternal devotion and love, Krishna relented and he allowed himself to be tied up.
Lesson 2: Doesn’t this teach us the way to achieve mastery? Whether it is an art form, writing, painting or something as mundane as losing weight, we need to love the process unconditionally and pursue it with dedication. Only then will it be ours and we will gain mastery over it successfully.
Lover par excellence:
As he grew older, Krishna gained the reputation of being a Casanova. He harassed the gopis: he hid their clothes while they bathed.
Lesson 3: But wasn’t he just telling them: don’t wear a garb on your true essence. Let it shine forth. Be the one you are meant to be.
And Radharani, you ask? Wasn’t she his lover, his gopi queen who all the other gopis were jealous of?
Lesson 4: Through his fusion with Radha, doesn’t Lord Krishna want to point out to us that we too are a fusion of male and female elements: A combination of Assertiveness and Intuition? Autonomy and Empathy? Don’t we need to assimilate both these elements in order to gain balance?
And can this piece be complete without a mention of the Mahabharata? Krishna as Arjuna’s charioteer. The narrator of the Bhagavad Gita, the ultimate fount of spiritual wisdom. Wasn’t it Krishna who told his beloved devotee Arjuna:
कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन |
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि || 47 ||
karmaṇy-evādhikāras te mā phaleṣhu kadāchana
mā karma-phala-hetur bhūr mā te saṅgo ’stvakarmaṇi
Lesson 5: Karm karo. Phal ki chinta mat karo. Do your duty without overthinking the consequences (results). Don’t get attached to the work at hand or its outcome. Avoid lethargy, even when the task ahead seems unsurmountable.
Could any management advice surpass these gems?
How can Lord Krishna not be my idol then?