Menorise [men-oh-rIse]; the process of inculcation

Today is Krishna Janmaashtami - the birthday of the Lord Krishna. Lord Vishnu (the 'maintainer') took human form in order to overcome a resident evil upon the earth. Indian and Western scholars are now generally in agreement that Sri Krishna's lifetime was somewhere between 3200 and 3100 BC. It is important to remember that all the 'different gods' of India are but all the facets of the One Truth, manifested. There are said to be 330million in the shruti (Hindu scripture)... at the time of that being written, it is quite possible that this was considered to be the entirety of earth's population - for, you see, every face to be found upon this planet is considered to be the face of God. It is this which is inferred in the greetings; नमस्ते /namaste = I prostrate to the divine (in thee); and हरिः ॐ /Hari Om = (prostrations) to the many and The One ... (actually, whole treatises can be written on the mantra Hari Om, but let's keep it simple here!)

All the main devataas ('personal gods' such as Rama, Ganesha, Hanuman etc) are present to act as mirrors and guides, showing us the perfection of life and the consequences of not paying attention. Much symbolism is used for this purpose. Let us look at one such example. "Murali", the Lord's flute.

The flute of Sri Krishna is of special significance. It is Sri Visnu's way of
demonstrating that He is Supreme Lord and capable of playing mankind in many
ways. The flute represents the body of a human and has the same 'nava golakaaH'
- nine gates through which the spirit in a man connects with the world… two
eyes, two nostrils, two ears, mouth, anus and reproductive organs. By placing His mouth against the 'body's mouth, the Lord provides praana, the very essence of life by which all the other golakas operate. If we allow the breath of the
Lord to blow through us cleanly, surrendering to His will on our behalf, our life will play well and according to correct order. If we resist, considering
ourselves to be separate from Him, the lack of His breath causes us to fall short of our potential. 

Knowing this, praying to the Lord and asking to 'become an instrument of His peace' takes on a whole fresh meaning!

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rottrover said...

Happy Birthday, Lord Krishna!! All this time we thought Hari Om was a Scottish greeting!! BOL!

-Ruby and Otto

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
hhhhhhheeeeeehheheh - for that you'd be looking for FAilte! (pronounced faylsha)

Joyful greetings are know for what they are, regardless of language, and that is a glorious thing &*>

Hooroo.. (That's Aussie for seeyaladermate!)... Yxx

Murphy said...

What a wonderful and educational lesson! Our mom told us that if people would just be a little open minded they are likely to have many things in common and sometimes the "label" is just what is different.

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

it is sadly something the younger generation does not seem to have much of a grasp on - the concept that loving is giving is strange to them

Mascha said...

Happy Janmashtami :-)
Many people are so far away..., sigh!

Mark Muller said...

that was a wonderful post for this weekend, we can ponder about life now and we can open your mind and our harts :o) Happy Janmashtami!

Julie said...

Great post as always Aunty Yam, very thought provoking and…. Luffs you loads!
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Yes indeed doodz, 'labels' are often misread; one must check out the contents!!! Yxx

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
This is seen every where - and to to be honest, not just among 'the young'; every generation has its share of those who understand Love with the capital 'ell' versus those who desire the 'love' of the selfish. The very fact that Sri Krishna pointed this out so many centuries past proves that mankind is continually in need of reminders!!! Yxx

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM]
und guten tag Mascha!!! Thank you for your visit. Yxx

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Merci beaucoup mon ami!!! Yxx

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
...and in the giving, we receive... Yxx

Sweet William The Scot said...

330 million in the Hindu scripture thank goodness all are of the of the One Truth for that would be a lot to learn. Consider today with the population at 7.3 billion there would be that number. Lee and me we do see the face of God in many things. Your teachings are interesting.
Thanks for being a friend
Sweet William The Scot