WHO IS KRISHNA?
The meaning of the word Krishna in Sanskrit is “all-attractive”. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, also called as God of Gods. In other words, Krishna is the Godhead because He is all-attractive. From practical experience, we can observe that one is attractive due to:
(5) Wisdom and
One who is in possession of all six of these opulences at the same time and who possesses them to an unlimited degree is understood to be the Supreme Personality of Godhead according to Parasara Muni a great Vedic authority.
Humanity in its history has not come across another personality with such activities unparalleled in the history of the world. By all historical accounts, Lord Krishna appeared 5,000 years back and played his part as a human being to perfection. Within the prison of His maternal uncle Kamsa, where His father and mother were confined, Krishna appeared outside His mother’s body as the four-handed Vishnu – Narayana. Then He turned Himself into a baby and told His father to carry Him to the house of Nanda Maharaja and his wife Yashoda in Gokula. The Vedic literature gives further histories of his appearances over millions and billions of years. In the Fourth Chapter of Bhagavad-gita, Krishna states that He can remember instructing the lessons of the Bhagavad-gita some millions of years ago to the sun-god, Vivasvan, because He possesses unlimited knowledge, Krishna has a memory that is boundless.
Bhagavad-gita, spoken by the Lord, as a treatise has been acknowledged the world over for its unfathomable depth and replete with practical instructions. The world’s foremost western philosophers have paid rich tributes for the priceless wisdom that it offers to mankind. A discerning person will notice that all the instructions contained in the Bhagavad-gita are also contained in all other religious scriptures of the world, but there is a higher knowledge, which is not found in any other book of knowledge.
What relevance is to a person who knows all this?
Generally, people think that by advancing the cause of moral principles and religious rites they will be happy. Others may think that happiness can be achieved by economic development, and yet others think that simply by sense gratification they will be happy. The whole world is very eager to satisfy the dormant propensity of love for others, however, if one simply reposes his dormant loving propensity in Krishna, then his life becomes successful. This is not fiction but is a fact that can be realized by practical application. One can directly perceive the effects that love for Krishna has on his life.