Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. It is observed according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha in Shraavana or Bhadrapad, which overlaps with August or September of the Gregorian calendar.

This year – Janmashtami falls on 12-Aug-2020

The celebrations are being done on family level and most of them either celebrating with a Krishna idol in cradle or dressing their little kids as young Krishna.

Overall ambiance has uplifted due to the celebrations and it is going to increase with more festivals in line.

Krishna is considered to be the avatar of Vishnu, one of the Trinity – other two being Shiv and Brahma.

Krishna’s avatar was responsible for curbing the evil spread by Kansh who happens to be his maternal uncle. The birth story of Krishna involves lot of hurdles which his parents being put in prison and how he escapes it in a magical way. The Leela of Krishna starts from early childhood and continues until he plays a crucial role in the Kuruskshetra war between Pandavs and Kauravs.

Krishna has provided baseline lessons regarding every phase of life and also preached about the right way to live :

  • He has shown by example of his life.
  • He overcame his situations and became the master of it.
  • He faced innate difficulties yet always showcased positivity.
  • He was a guide in true sense.
  • He was a warrior in his own life.
  • He was a musician – playing beautiful music on flute.
  • He was a king. He was a ruler of Dwarka. He was a good friend to Sudhama.
  • He was a charmer in love and relationships.

He has so many names based on his Leelas and roles he has taken in his life. And he has left behind a blueprint for living social life. He has given his teachings in the form of Geeta – The Bhagavad Geeta – one of the finest lessons of life. It is said that all answers lie within it. One who seeks will find it.

Krishna belief has transformed India in ways that has never happened. Places like Mathura, Vrindavan and Dwarka are associated with Krishna. These places are considered to be Religious spots and are revoured deeply by the people of India.

Dwarka is considered to be one of the “Char Dham” – places of prime religious importance. The Char Dham are located in different directions of India forming a logical geographical boundary. Badrinath in the North, Jagannath Puri in the East, Rameshwaram in the South and Dwarka in the West.

The disciples of Krishna are huge and follow various interdisciplinary ideologies based in location and the era they belong to. Similar one modern belief group of Krishna – ISKCON is internationally famous and followed across countries around the world. The people who seek peace and harmony, find the answers and way through the consciousness.

The beauty of the Life of Krishna has lessons which are timeless, priceless and very much relevant in modern times. We can seek and find ways to uplift our social, personal and professional lives.

May you find the path you seek – by consciousness.

New Beginning

Everyday is a new beginning. Believe in yourself and navigate the hurdles in your path to become who you intend to be.

Three important things which can shape how you feel about your life and things in general.

Resilience

The fighting spirit to not give up and continue to move forward can help one do many things which may seem impossible or distant future in the beginning. With a new energy and vibe every week, once can foster the future they wish to create. At the same time accept the things that are not in their control. Acceptance along with Perseverance stems the root for Resilience.

Purpose

When you have a purpose in life, it make you go on miles and miles. When you meet your purpose or create one for yourself, you must commit to it 100% and continue till you make the ends meet. Sometimes it may seem overpowering or the challenges seem too big to be crossed, but taking one bit at a time, things can be done. Following a purpose keeps one aligned in life and provides the satisfaction that keeps one healthy and happy.

Grit

Inside all of us there is a innate character that is shaped by our experiences, circumstances, surroundings and events we go through. We make choices and decisions based on our previous experiences and the future outcome. Grit is something that can make things turn around. It is accompanied by patience, belief, hardwork and a combination of other emotions. Once you experience the feeling, you can’t seem to shut it down

With a new beginning ahead all of us, we shred off the previous troubles, take the lessons from them, wear a new coat and walk into the new challenges of life to overcome them and to reach our destination as we enjoy the process as much as the output.

Inspiring speech by Jay Shetty – Whatever your relationship status is !

We’re the generation that doesn’t want relationships
We want a second cup of coffee in our Instagram’s of lazy Saturday mornings,
We want a second pair of shoes in the artsy pictures we take of our feet,
We want that Facebook official relationship that everyone can like and comment on,

We want that post that wins relationship goals,
We want that date for Sunday morning brunch,
someone to drown our sorrows for the Monday blues.
We want that Taco Tuesday partner,
someone to text us “Good morning” on a Wednesday.
We want a +1 for all the weddings we keep getting invited to.

How did they do it? How did they find their happily ever after?
But we are the generation, that doesn’t want a relationship.
We swipe left in the hopes of finding the right one,
we try to special order our soul mates like we do on Postmates.
We read “5 Ways to To Know He’s Into You” and “7 Ways She Will Fall For You”,
thinking we can upcycle a person into a relationship like a Pinterest project.
We invest more time into our Tinder profiles
than we do with our personalities,
yet we are the one who don’t want a relationship.
We talk and we text.
We snapchat and we sext.
We hang out and we happy hour.
We go get coffee and grab a beer.
Anything to avoid an actual date.
We private message to meet up,
small talk for an hour
only to return home
and then small talk via text.
We forgo any chance of achieving real connection by mutually playing games with no winner,
The only thing we end up winning is most likely to be alone.

We want the facade of a relationship without the work of a relationship,
We want that hand holding without the eye contact.
We want the teasing without the serious conversations.
We want the pretty promise without the actual commitment
We want to celebrate the anniversaries without the 365 days that lead up to them.
We want the happily ever after without the effort in the here and now
We want to have deep connections but still keep things shallow.
We want that World Series kind of love without willing to go to bat.
We want someone to hold our hands, but we don’t want to put the power to hurt us in their hands.
We want to be swept off our feet but at the same time remaining safely, independently standing on our own.
We want to keep chasing love, but we don’t actually want to fall into it.
We don’t want relationships, we want friends with benefits,
We want Netflix & Chill and nudes on Tinder.
We want everything that will give us the illusion of a relationship without an actual relationship.
We want the rewards with no risk,
we want the payout with no cost.
We want to connect enough but not too much,
we want to commit a little but not a lot.

We take it slow, we see where it goes,
we don’t want to label things, we just go with the flow.
We keep one foot out of the door, we keep one eye open,
we keep people at arms length, toying with their emotions
but mostly toying with our own.
When things get too close to being real
we run, we hide, we leave,
we say to ourselves “there’s more fish in the sea”.
We want that downloadable person that’s a perfect fit,
just like an app you can update whenever there’s a hitch,
compartmentalized into a folder that we can delete
when we have no more need for it.

We don’t want to unpack our baggage,
or worse help someone else unpack theirs
We hide everything behind an Instagram filter,
we chose a Netflix show over a real conversation.
We feel entitled to love like we feel entitled to full-time jobs our of college.

We want a placeholder not a person,
we want a warm body not a partner.
We want someone to eat with
while we scroll through our news feed.

See, what we need to recognize is that
the things we truly want,
the things that are deeply meaningful,
the things that are genuinely fulfilling,
all require patience.
They all require work.
They all require energy.

See, the challenge is we all want to be with someone who makes us happy,
when what we need to do is be someone who makes us happy.

We sit with our friends discussing the rules
but no one even knows what game we’re trying to play
because the problem with our generation
not wanting relationships is that –
at the end of the day, we actually do.

Whatever Your Relationship Status Is | By Jay Shetty