Krishnam Vande Bhajan
MEANINGSalutations to Krishna, who is the son of Nanda, Lord of Radha and the stealer of hearts which are as soft as butter. Salutations to Lord Rama, Son of Dasharatha, Lord of Sita and the auspiciousness or Tilak of the Raghu dynasty.
Krishnam vande – Explanation
|Krishna||Krishna means ‘He who attracts’ (root word ‘krish’ as in aakarshana, which means ‘the power to attract’)|
|Nandakumaaram||Nanda – the foster father of Krishna; kumaaram – son; ‘Nandakumaaram’ thus refers to Krishna being the son of Nanda|
|Radha||A great devotee of Lord Krishna|
|Navaneetha choram||Navaneetha – butter; choram – to steal|
|Ramam||Lord Rama; means ‘He who pleases’|
|Dasharatha tanayam||Dasaratha – father of Lord Rama tanayam – son of Dasharatha tanayam – thus means Lord Rama, the son of Emperor Dasharatha|
|Sita||The consort of Lord Rama|
|Raghukula||A great emperor in the lineage of Lord Rama because of which his name was chosen for the dynasty itself|
|Tilakam||Highlight or crest jewel|
Krishnam Vande – Video
Krishnam Vande – Activity
- Gurus sing the following song first;
Rama here, Rama there,
Rama Rama everywhereGod is one, God is one,God is one for everyone
- Now, ask the children to change the name ‘Rama’ to
Krishna’ and sing.The children should sing as follows;Krishna here, Krishna there,Krishna Krishna everywhereGod is one, God is one,God is one for everyone
Krishnam Vande – Further Reading
Attraction of Krishna
He attracts every heart by His divine plays, miracle powers, and by His love and draws the mind away from sensory desires. Baba says this attitude of attraction is characteristic of Divinity and adds that the Divine attracts not to deceive or mislead us, but to transform, reconstruct, and reform us.
The cultivating aspect of Krishna
The name ‘Krishna’ also comes from the root ‘Krish’ which means ‘to cultivate, as a field, for growing crops’. The name therefore means ‘He who removes the weeds of negative tendencies from the heart of humans and sows seeds of positive traits such as faith, courage and joy’. Krishna cultivates the harvest of joy in the hearts of His devotees and makes them aware of His being Existence-Knowledge-Bliss.
Radha is anyone who surrenders to the Lord; it does not denote only a woman
Bhagawan says said, “When you can surrender your actions and thoughts to Krishna, you will have reached the stage of Radha. Therefore, the word ‘Radha’ does not refer only to a woman. We should understand that anyone who surrenders himself to Krishna will become Radha.
Radha teaches that not only should you fill your head with knowledge and wisdom, but you should also fill your heart with intense love. She teaches us that it is better to fill the heart with love rather than the head with knowledge. Radha is telling us that we should find diversity in divinity, which is really universal. Radha is telling us that we should surrender our sensory organs to Krishna. Otherwise, they will take you along the wrong path.
Radha is telling us that we should not believe in the transient and impermanent world. We should fix our attention on the permanent aspect of the Lord. She has been telling us that we should not believe in the world, should not fear death and should not forget God. Radha is one who has given these three main injunctions.
Radha is telling us that we should, at all times, and in all the gunas, enjoy the bliss of the Lord. Radha is telling us that we should get rid of jealousy, particularly when we see others prosper. Radha was one who cleared the suspicions of the other Gopikas and made them give up jealousy.”
King Raghu was a fine and able administrator and that is why his name came to be chosen for the entire dynasty.
Baba has Himself written in the Rama Katha Rasa Vahini about the sterling qualities of King Raghu. Baba says, “Though young, Emperor Raghu was rich in virtue. However tough a problem happened to be, he grasped it quickly and discovered the means of solving it. He made his subjects happy and contented. He won over wicked kings by peaceful approaches and clever diplomatic tactics, or by fielding a little army in order to win them over, or openly breaking with them and defeating them on the field of battle.”
Mother Seetha represents nature and that Lord Rama is the eternal divine consciousness from which emerged nature.
Nature in all its pristine glory and its bounty is as much a part of the divine as we human beings are. Can we imagine leading life without nature? No. Nature is selfless and gives us so much without expecting anything in return.
Therefore, we must do our best to protect nature and not exploit it for benefit. In fact, the various natural calamities that strike suddenly across the world are just nature’s way of warning us that we should not misuse her various gifts for our personal advantage. When a perfect balance is maintained in ecology, seldom would we encounter nature’s fury.
To show that Bhagawan Baba is verily Lord Rama who is the beloved master of Mother Sita, who represents Mother Nature, here is a telling incident.
Madurantakam is a small town about 70 kilometres to the south of Chennai. There is a rich legend associated with this place. It is said that Lord Rama Himself came here, during His search for Sita. There is a big tank in the neighbourhood, and Rama is supposed to have had a bath here during his visit. In later years, a temple for Rama was also built.
Sometime in 1795, there was a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal, which led to heavy rain in and around Madurantakam. The then Collector Colonel Price was alerted that the lake was full and that there was imminent danger, which could result in severe damage to surrounding properties.
Col. Price headed for Madurantakam, inspected the lake, ordered for the breach to be plugged and then decided to visit the Rama temple. When he entered, he found the temple in a dilapidated condition and as he looked around, he saw some bricks heaped in a corner.
When he enquired, the temple priest told him the bricks were meant for constructing a temple for Mother Sita, but that the construction could not be carried out because of lack of funds. Since the huge tank regularly breached during cyclones, it led to severe loss for the people of the region and so they could not raise funds.
Col. Price then asked, “How come your Rama is not coming to your rescue? Why does He not protect the tank, allowing you to build the temple for His Consort?” The temple authorities were deeply hurt and replied, “Next time there is an emergency, you will definitely see Lord Rama coming to our rescue.”
Shortly after that, there was a heavy downpour and this time the situation was really serious. Col. Price again rushed to Madurantakam and found a ferocious storm raging and the fury of nature stunned him. He felt that God alone was his refuge now. As he was thinking thus, he noticed a big crowd of villagers taking shelter in the temple and an elderly man talking nonstop about Lord Rama, His Glory and His Power. Although he was a Christian, at that moment Col. Price silently prayed, “O Lord Rama, they say You are great. In that case, please save us all. If You respond to my prayers, I shall build a temple for Your Consort.”
The moment Col. Price concluded his prayer, there was a flash of lightning, and he had a vision of Rama and Lakshmana smiling! He simply exclaimed, “Look there!” and fainted. When he regained consciousness, Col. Price found himself in a comfortable bed in his own quarters. He felt relieved to hear that the rains had stopped miraculously and that the water level in the lake was at a safe level. Col. Price felt most grateful to the Lord who had come to his rescue in such a dramatic manner.
Not only Col. Price but also the people of Madurantakam realised that it was Lord Rama who had come to their rescue. Thus, even today, the temple deity is hailed not just as Rama but as Rama who protected the tank.
This wonderful incident reveals that the Lord is truly the one who is the beloved Master of Nature, does it not? Hence, it is apt that we hail him as ‘Seetha Vallabha’. In this context, Seetha represents nature.Source: http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Vol_03/10OCT01/katrina.htm
Bhagawan says, “Krishna is described as Navaneetha Chora (One who stole butter). What is the butter that Krishna stole? It is the heart of the devotee. The devotee offers his heart to Krishna and Krishna accepts it. How can this be described as stealing? Only when a person takes away something from another without his knowledge can he be called a thief. But Krishna asks for your love, receives it from you when you offer it. The term “thief” has been applied to Krishna by devotees out of the fullness of their love. It has no pejorative significance at all. According to the level of their understanding and devotion, devotees describe God in different ways. These are expressions of subjective experience. The Divine transcends all limitations and attributes.”
“Swami is a Stealer of Hearts”
Swami used to visit the Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School on many occasions. He used to stand patiently at each model and ask the students to explain to Him what the model was all about. He came to each of the three exhibitions during the years 1994, 95 and 96. He spent hours together in each exhibition.
It is in one of those exhibitions that the famous burglar alarm leela took place. The boy who was demonstrating the model of a burglar alarm to Swami requested Him to put His Hand across the model, saying that it would ring the bell. Swami kept His Hand, but the bell did not ring! Swami then asked the boy to keep his hand in it. It rang! And this mysterious thing happened twice! Then Swami commented beautifully, “I am not Chora; I am Chittachora.” (I am not a stealer, but stealer of hearts.)