Venu, Murali and Vamsi - Lord Krishna Happy Gokulashtami Krishna jayanthi to IL’ites. The Nation enthusiastically celebrated birth anniversary of India last week. Today 23rd Friday evening in south India and throughout combined nights of today and tomorrow 24th Saturday, devout Hindus including ISKON all over the world would celebrate fast( upvas) and organise, conduct elaborate Pooja, MIND filled with of Lord Vishnu‘s incarnation (avatar) as baby Kris(h)na. celebrating Lord Krishna’s ———- th birthday on Saturday 24th August 2019 commencing at 2034 hrs IST When Ashwini star raises. ( could someone fill up the blank as to the number indicating the present birth anniversary) எத்தனையாவதுஆண்டுஜன்மாஷ்டமியைஇன்றுஇந்தியாகொண்டாடப்போகிறது?(Could someone translate literally this question into English?) It is believed 5247 years ago around this day, He took this avatar in Dwarka India during midnight which means this day could be His 5248th birth anniversary. He is believed to have lived on earth 125 years and overseen the affairs of Bharath including masterminding the entire war at Kurukshetra (North India). Of all the places in the world, why Lord took this avatar in India? Was it that this place was more of adharma or was it very conducive for taking avatar? It is said Kaliyuga commenced the moment He chose to return to celestial abode - the vaikunda. Kaliyuga is said to be full of evils & adharma flourishing I wonder why he left in haste. It is researched and stated in Wikipedia that lord Krishnawas 89 years of age at the time of Kurukshetra war & lived for 36 years more after that. Time seemed to stood still when Krishna disappeared to His Vaikunda ending Dvapara Yuga and the beginning of the Kali Yuga. Looking at present status of the world bursting at it seems with huge population, preposterous activities galore, evil acts on mass scale and browsing history of mankind in the last few hundred years, one wonder why not Lord incarnate now itself which is long overdue. War like situation- Trump triggered - in Middle East, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. I have no answer for this. This celebration over several centuries on earth what good did it bring? Any answer? Every year, this day gives an opportunity to contemplate on Lord’s past deeds and the methods He employed to protect preserve & defend His devotees and the rest; and the legacies he had left for mankind but only few found it and turned monks and lecturers. But then, we do get what we offered to lord viz sweets and snacks. But how does that helps the present situation around the world brimming with chaos and confusion. Be that as it may. I think of Lord Krishna in Mannargudi of Tiruvarur district & Sri Krishna temple at Udupi and Guruvayur - both dedicated to the memory of Vishnu's incarnation as Krishna. Confronting the Lord, Gopis desired that like His Consort - Rukmani - they too should be close to Him to cuddle, enjoy proximity. Krishna arranged a small replica of Him and handed it over to Gopis. This replica was in Dwaraka. It is believed that this Sree Krishna Idol installed in Udupi which believed to have disappeared in deluge - an Act of God from & in Dwaraka and found washed ashore by fisherman in sea near mangalore. Lord, over ages, remain undecided as to which of the flutes - VENU (Gopal), MURALI (Krishna) VAMSI - he should play to set right the status of the world he had created. He was looking at His stock-yard of numerous flutes made for Him by celestial architect conforming to Lord’s specifications. I believe He would bring those FLUTES when He returns riding on a stallion (Aadhiseshan or Lakshmana) in impending incarnation known as KALKI. Grape-wine has it that Lord Kalki’s parents already born again in India - Bangaluru. Great men of science and men at the helm of world affairs prayed to Him for the well being of mankind but secretly planning for destruction of enemies knowingly or unknowingly created by them. I THINK He should be able to blow the evils among them to smithreens effortlessly by just playing these flutes: Or, He might After careful consideration of the requirement and evolution that the earth and mankind have gone into, since he left some five thousand years ago, Lord Vishnu might design afresh a weapon like remote incorporated into a flute that would extinguish the fires among nations including Amazon forest fire. story below written anonymous posted by me previous two years. I repeat it here for new fellow IL’tes. Krishna Is depicted always holding a flute in his hand, but there is a reason behind it. Everyday Krishna would go in the garden and say hello to all the plants. The plants were very happy and responded back and said “Krishna, we love you”. One day Krishna darted into the garden looking very alarmed. He went to the bamboo plant. Seeing Him in desperation, the bamboo asked, “Krishna, what´s wrong with you?” Krishna said “I have something to ask you, but it is very difficult”. The bamboo said “Tell me: if I can, I will help you”. So Krishna said “I need your life. I need to cut you”. The bamboo was aghast and thought for a while; and then said “You don´t have any other choice. You don’t have any other way?” Krishna said, “No, no other way”. And it said “OK” and gave himself up. So Krishna cut the bamboo, made holes in it, and each time, while he was doing that, the bamboo was crying with pain, because he was paining the bamboo somuch.Krishna made a beautiful flute out of it. And this flute was with Krishna all the time. 24 hours a day, it was with Krishna. This turned the Gopis jealous of the flute. They said to bamboo, “Look, Krishna is our Lord, but yet we get to spend only some time with him. He wakes up with you, He sleeps with you, and all the time you are with him. Tell us the secret of it. What secret do you have, that the Lord treasures you so much?” And the bamboo said “The secret is that, I gave myself up, and He did whatever was right for me, in the process I had to go under lot of pain and now look - He made me empty from inside. And the Lord does whatever he wants with me, whenever he wants with me and however he wants with me. I have just become His instrument. His tool”. So this is complete surrender: where God can do whatever He wants with you, whenever He wants, as He wants. And for that you don’t need to be scared of, you know, you have just to give yourself. Trust Him completely and have faith in Him and always think you are in His hands what can go wrong. And who is you in reality? It’s just Him.