Sunday, August 17, 2014

Glorious Krishna

Simple faith in Krishna is all that is necessary to receive salvation. Many Hindus, like Catholics and Jews try to say that there are certain requirements, certain regulations or rituals, necessary for the attainment of true salvation. None of this is true. Rituals are defined by the believer. They are merely acts of faith, carried out by the believer to show faith toward God. Krishna has made it clear, "If you cannot follow renunciation, then simply try to follow the tenets of scripture. If you cannot do this, then simply try to surrender to Me". If I am not a Hindu by culture, then I cannot follow Vedanta. But does this mean I cannot serve Krishna? Of course not. I need merely have faith in Krishna.

I can also practice Kirtan, chanting his name and offering prayers and devotion to him. This is vital. I can offer myself to the lord and my life for his pleasure. I can sing his holy name and honestly seek truth in my day to day life. Sincerity is pleasing unto Lord Yadeva. All believers in Krishna are entreated to practice Kirtan, or the chanting of his name. This is the most true form of devotion to him or any other god. True, sincere worship is the most acceptable for of devotion, because it pleases the lord as well as the believer. The Lord receives honor from the mouth of his servant, while the servant receives the gratification of joy, enlightenment and salvation.

So simple faith in Krishna, with the reasoned and sincere pursuit of His Word, is the way to salvation. His word is found in all Vedanta as well as in true world scriptures. Albeit, The Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavatam are the prominent scriptures for finding his word. Krishna Vasudeva is the central theme of these scriptures, whereas Vishnu is the theme of others, such as the Puranas or the Upanishads. Vishnu is among the most ancient of Krishna's incarnations. Thus it is the singing of his names, Hari, Ramah and Krishna which justifies us; Chanting simply thus:

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna
Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

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