The Real Meaning of Janmashtami & the values it communicates for modern living. #NoFilter #HareKrishna

Krishna Janmashtami, also known simply as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.

It is observed according to Hindu luni-solar calendar, on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in Shraavana of the lunar Hindu Calendar and Krishna Paksha in Bhadrapad of the lunisolar Hindu Calendar, which overlaps with August and September of the Gregorian calendar.Krishna Janmashtami, also known simply as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.


Krishna is Devaki and Vasudeva’s son and his birthday is celebrated by Hindus as Janmashtami, particularly those of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition as he is considered the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Janmashtami is celebrated when Krishna is believed to have been born according to Hindu tradition, which is in Mathura, at midnight on the eighth day of Bhadrapada month (overlaps with August and 3 September in the Gregorian calendar).

Krishna is born in an area of chaos. It’s a time when persecution was rampant, freedoms were denied, evil was everywhere, and when there was a threat to his life by his uncle King Kansa. Immediately following the birth at Mathura, his father Vasudeva takes Krishna across Yamuna, to foster parents in Gokul, named Nanda and Yashoda.

This legend is celebrated on Janmashtami by people keeping fast, singing devotional songs of love for Krishna, and keeping a vigil into the night. After Krishna’s midnight hour birth, statues of baby Krishna are washed and clothed, then placed in a cradle. The devotees then break their fast, by sharing food and sweets. Women draw tiny foot prints outside their house doors and kitchen, walking towards their house, a symbolism for Krishna’s journey into their homes.

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Lesson 1 : Believe in Karma

We are all born with a purpose, i.e. we are born on earth to fulfil some duties and therefore, these duties must be carried out without any hesitation or a doubt in mind. An individual should not consider him or herself as the cause of any outcome or refrain from performing the duties aligned to them. Expectations only lead to sadness and disappointments in life while working ahead without expectations will only lead to surprises and happiness.

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Lesson 2 : Never give up on what you love.

Krisha had a deep love for the flute, and he never stopped playing it just because of his commitments. Even during times of war it was by his side. Hobbies and passions can breathe new life into us when we’re overwhelmed.

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Do what you love. At least occasionally!

Lesson 3 : Stay Humble

Even if he was the Lord of all creation, he was still humble and showed respect to his elders- whether it was his parents or teachers. He was always eager to please them. Because of this, people were willing to help him everywhere he went. Show respect to everyone, and they will show respect to you.

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Lesson 4 : Taking One Day at a Time. Krishna was conscious of the future, but chose to live in the moment without worrying. Even if he knew what was going to happen, he still took one day at a time. It’s easy to get bogged down by challenging circumstances, but staying mindful and present can make things much easier.

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One day at a time!

Lesson 5: Smile!

Right from his birth, Krishna faced a number of adversities. Yet he dealt with each and everyone of them with a smile on his face. In other words, he was living a Life of perpetual bliss. It’s probably the simplest lesson of all. Happiness comes from within. Your circumstances don’t define you.

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(Some learnings from Wikipedia and other sources)