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Join us on anandala.tv for Janmashtami, when we celebrate Krishna for who he is in our line of Kriya masters and for the Divine Love and salvation that his coming to earth represents.
Janmashtami is the yearly observance of Krishna’s appearance on earth. It is one of the most widely observed spiritual festivals in the world. It is estimated that over 900 million people around the world celebrate Lord Krishna’s coming to earth, two million in the US alone. If one needs to compare it, it’s like a mixture of Christmas and New Year’s for devotees.
Krishna’s “birth,” janma, occurred at midnight on ashtami, the eighth day after the full moon in the Vedic calendar.
Why celebrate Janmashtami? This festival is celebrated so elaborately by so many because of who Krishna himself is or can be to us. He was known to be most adorable, romantic and naughty, and a true friend. He is celebrated because of all of these traits. And, beyond all, because he can be our boat over the river of delusion back to our home in God.
Krishna’s appearance is significant on many levels. He is the avatar of an age similar to our own (Dwapara Yuga). He is a Divine Being who eternally exists everywhere at all times. He wasn’t “born” like we’re are—forced by karma into a succession of material bodies. Krishna is an avatar, appearing in His fully realized, permanent, spiritual form whenever and wherever He likes.
But he is dearest to the heart in his appearance in physical form as a baby, a young mischievous pre-adolescent, the charming goatherd and as the young man with whom all the young women fall in love. For to take these roles among us he left his Divine home and came to the world of duality to live through the challenges of our human world and to experience what it is like to have limitations even as we do.
Music in many forms, dancing, poetry, storytelling, readings are all a part of our celebration of this highest time of year.
Join us as we sing, chant, meditate, and are entertained and enlightened by the stories of his life. Revel in the upliftment that can come only as we join our spirits with one who has fully realized the Divine.