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In days of yore, the Lord, 
born of Devakiís womb, 
brought up in the house of Gopi (Yasoda), 
killed the wicked Putana of illusive form, 
and lifted the Govardhana hill; 
killed Kamsa and the sons of the Kuru race 
and protected the sons of Kunti. 
Thus is recited the essence of 
the ancient Bhagavata Purana 
consisting of the nectarine stories 
of the deeds of Lord Krishna.

Culture is like a pot entrusted to the care of the parents, particularly the mother, to be carried forward and handed over from generation to succeeding generation. Even if one link in this chain is broken, it is broken for eternity and the children of all succeeding generations will be deprived of the richness of our ancient culture which will require very great effort to rebuild.

We may modify, add etc. to cultural practices, but the option to drop the pot and break it is given only to tyrants who engage in ethnic cleansing ways. Thank God that we still have retained our culture inspite of great upheavals in the past. In modern times, the internet is a great source of help to elders to read ancient texts and inform their children.

Yet, for very young children, the foundation can be built only by enlightened parents through living practices, not thro' discourses like for adults. Hence the need to celebrate festivals like Sri Krishna Jayanti and to tell the lovely story of the divine child Krishna to our children in appealing ways.

INTRODUCTION 

Lord Krishna, the Supreme Lord, in-Dweller of our hearts, Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute, is the Soul of this universe and bestows Immortality on His devotees. He took human form for the benefit of the gods and His devotees to destroy wickedness and to establish righteousness, as assured by him in the Gita: sambhavaami yuge yuge.

Krishna was the highest incarnation of Vishnu. He was the unique and crowning incarnation of all. He was the Poorna Avatara, the Perfect Incarnation and had sixteen Kalas or rays. He was a noble scion of the illustrious Yadava dynasty. He was a world-teacher; His divine form holds the heart of His devotees captive always.

His enchanting form with flute in hand is worshipped in myriads of homes in India. It is a form to which countless devotees not only in India but also abroad give their devotion and supreme love from their hearts.

Lord Krishna was the noble embodiment of all the great qualities of head and heart. He was the towering genius of His age. His childhood Leelas contain countless object-lessons for all his devotees. His discourse to Arjuna on the battle field of kurukshetra is treasured and followed as the greatest teaching. 

We bow to Lord Krishna - the Para-Brahman, the Supreme Self, from whom is born this mysterious universe, by whom alone it is upheld, and in whom alone it is dissolved.   

Worship of Sri Krishna has been practised in India from ancient times. It is part of the Veda itself. Sri Krishna is the most common object of worship in the whole of India and abroad.

Though Lord Krishna appeared in human form, He had an A-prakritika, divine body. He did not take any birth. He did not die. He appeared and disappeared through His Yoga Maya. This is a secret, known only to His devotees, Yogis and sages.  

Lord Krishna played various parts during His stay in the world. He drove the chariot of Arjuna. He was an unparalleled statesman. He was a master musician. The music of His flute thrilled the hearts of all. He gave lessons to Narada in the art of playing the Veena. He was a cowherd in Nandagaon and Gokul.  

Lord Krishna exhibited miracles even in his childhood. He killed many Rakshasas. He showed Visvaroopa to His mother.  

He did Rasalila, the secrets of which can only be understood by devotees like Narada, Radha and the devoted Gopis.

He taught the supreme truths of Yoga, Bhakti and Vedanta to Arjuna and Uddhava and, through them, to all of us. 

Devotees of Sri Krishna have surrendered their Ego to Him, saying: sarvam shree Krishnaepanamstu. They become like the Flute in His hands so that He may infuse them with the breath of the divine spirit that pervades the whole universe. The sound of His flute then becomes the divine call to ecstasy, hearing which one gives up all attachments and becomes merged in Him. It is the call saying: "Give up all and follow Me."

Blessed are those who can hear Him and start living a life of unalloyed  Bliss, as assured by Sankara in Bhaja Govindam:  

yasya brahmani ramate cittam 
nandati nandati nandatyeva