The life and message of Bhagawan Sri Krishna to the people
of Bharatvarsha and to humanity as a whole should be understood properly. This
great Super man, who is the towering figure of the stupendous biographical
narrative bequeathed to man by the equally great Sri Krishna-dvaipayana or Vyas,
stands as a shining star at the apex of a triangle at the ends of whose base are
the world and the individual. In the life of Sri Krishna we have been given the
ideal towards which lifeís process is moving. There is an ascent from
inanimate matter to vegetable life, from plant life to that of the animal, from
animal to man and from man to super man.
While man has ascended through the scales of the mineral,
biological and instinctive levels of life in his intellectual and rational level
of individuality, he has to ascend at least two more steps, which are graduated
by several stages. While the urges of hunger and thirst or sleep overpower the
vital and instinctive stages, man is predominantly egoistic, without however
completely transcending the sway of these lower instincts. He is perhaps as much
subject to them as the sub-human beings, but is specially characterized by an
endowment called discrimination, which can separate the good from the bad and
analyse the principles distinguishing the true from the false. However, this discrimination remains merely a legal and conceptual
guideline and a restriction upon his personal conduct, he having not actually
realized the great fact, which is responsible for and is the reason behind this
distinction made in the life of morality and understanding. This explains why
manís life is predominantly a rule of regulative principles, of doís and
doníts, a life of an outward morality and ethical mandate, all because his knowledge of
the true and the false is only a theoretical conviction rather than a practical
experience. Human life is thus mixture of conflict on one side and an aspiration
on the other.
The stage next to that of man is that of the superman, who
transcends the conventional morality of outward compulsion and convention and
who enters into an inward realm of a higher integrating law of ethics which is
cosmic in its sweep, while human morality is chiefly a restraining rod
preventing the expression of what he would usually call his freedom. The
perception of the superman is a direct insight in to truth, and not merely a
rational discrimination between the real and unreal. In the personality of the
Superman are focused the energies of the cosmos, as the all-pervading rays of
the sun may be concentrated through a lens. The Superman is the meeting Point of
the Absolute and the relative.
The life of Sri Krishna is a
thrilling biography of a great example of the Divine Superman through whose
personality one can have a peep into the structure of the whole universe i.e.
Vishwarupa. Such a mighty hero is naturally a great center of perfection, a
blend of wisdom, power, love and action. With this equipment of universal might,
Sri Krishna is before us as an ideal to emulate in every field of life, as one
who hails, perhaps, as the first statesman and politician of Bharatvarsha, who
tried to create an Akhanda-Bharat or a single India, under one rule, by putting
down all forces of disintegration; as one who towered high with the highest
knowledge of the here and the here after and saw things as if in broad day
light, though they may range beyond the perception of human faculties; as a
person of an integrated psychological constitution wherein one can not
distinguish between intellect, emotion and will, they all working as a single
power, as a veritable representation of God in the form of man.
The celebration of the birth of Sri Krishnaji, in India, that is Bharatvarsha, is an annual occasion to rouse its soul to its universal reaches which is the goal of life and to the world at large an opportunity to have a memory every year of the perfections that are to soul and give meaning to the various pursuits of human life.
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