Shri Krishna -- the forerunner of the Hindu renaissance, has not only evoked wide response from his contemporaries who became, in astoundingly large numbers, his disciples, transforming their life-pattern and attaining transcedental heights through spiritual awakening, but also from intellectuals of later times who have come out with their own assessment of one of the world's greatest personalities, known to history. The exponents of philosophy and of comparative religion too have not lagged behind in presenting to the posterity their views of the Great Master's life, teachings and work.
God Shri Krishna manifests Himself in human form to crush and annihilate worldly vices and revive eternal values. Krishna has bound Himself to man and in that conferred the greatest glory of human existence. He came down with His full divine manifestations and raised human civilisation to a celestial plane.
Shri Krishna is the source and eternal abode of unbounded "Shakti" -- which is as real as Himself. Shakti is Krishna's shakti and dependent on Him. Shakti and shaktiman being identical, they are one and indivisible. Creation mealis the manifestation of his Shakti and, therefore, is real.
The subjective Shakti is identical with Shri Krishna. The sweetness and charm of His eternal Lila is being enacted and, occasionally, it is staged in this mortal sphere by dint of His subjective energy. The personified embodiment of this delightful shakti is Shri Radhika, the Reflex self of Sliri-krishna. The objective Shakti is the agent responsible for the manifestation of this vast panorama -- called the Universe. It is the transformation of the creative energy of Brahma working objectively. Brahma is not only the form-giver but also is the ingredient, the material cause of the Universe. Due to this fact he is the component part and the in-dwelling spirit simultaneously. The energy involved in this huge universe is the Bahiranga or the objective shakti of Shri Krishna.
ln Him, Shri Radhika and Shri Krishna are united and they have become one entity. An intense, incomprehensible love has obliterated their individual identities and unified them completely in one personality. Shri Krishna focused on the unity of religions. His Gita is a deep reservoir of knowledge. There is also a wide range of spiritual disciplines and practice, such as Karma-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, Raja-Yoga and Tantra. These disciplines are significant to Hindus as well as practical and beneficial to all of humanity.
The meanings and intention of the Gita have historically found elaboration and explication in the Smiritis, the two great epics and various major and minor puranas. Shri Krishna attracts all beings towards Himself so that they may realise the depth of His infinite mercy and love. He maintains the existence of concrete bliss. The entity of the creatures of the cosmos is part and parcel of Lord Krishna. There is a chronological order in the manifestation of the supreme Lord Krishna. Glories to the congregational chanting of the Holy names of Shri Krishna -- which sweeps the dirt accumulated on the mirror of the heart and extinguishes the great forestfire of worldly sufferings. Oh Krishna! a moment seems like an age-my eyes are like rain clouds in their incessant crying. The whole world has become void in your absence.
The writer is President of Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Parishad, 26 Basu Bazar Lane,