Krishna

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Krisna

Krishna (also known as Krsna, Krisna, and Govinda) is an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, and is a cow-heard, gentle lover, and adored youth. He is also the charioteer and companion for the hero Arjuna and is the central figure in one of the most sacred texts of revelation, the Bhagavad Gita--in this guise he is a source of divine wisdom and strong protection. As a cow-herd and erotic lover he is focused on as a central figure for bhakti yoga -- the yoga of absolute, unconditional devotion, and so he can also be a powerful ally in love work. As with devotion to other devas, devotion to Krishna extends beyond Indian Hinduism and can be found in other parts of Asia and the Western world. His feast day is really the feast season of his birthday called Krishna Janmashtami and falling in between mid-August and mid September every year.

Krishna is a divine god made manifest in the form of man. He was the 8th son of his father, Vasudeva and his mother Devaki. Krishna was conceived without sexual union--that the thought of him was transmitted for Vasudeva to Devaki's womb. Devaki's brother who was king had been given a prophecy that the 8th son born by his daughter would be his destruction. In fear for his son's life, Vasudeva gave Krishna to the brahmin (priest) Nanda who was also a cow herd. This period marks Krishna's youth and adolescence--he was a cow-herd himself and the appellation of "Govinda" designates him as such. During this time he was also the lover and the beloved to the many Gopis (cow maidens) and thus became well-known for his association with love, romance, devotion, fertility and the arts that celebrate those themes. At this time in his life Krishna also confronted the lord of the devas Indra--encouraging the people to use their resources to care for their animals and the environment by which they gained their sustenance instead of sacrificing it all to Indra. Finally Krishna emerges as a prince ready to assist his bosom friend Arjuna. Their story is told in the Indian epic The Mahabharata. Krishna reveals himself as a source of wise counsel and ultimately the supreme lord of Yoga to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita. It is here that Krishna is revealed as Vishnu and the word "yoga" (union or yoking) is first used.

Within the Hindu religious tradition Krishna's headdress is often ornamented with peacock feathers and he is typically seem playing a flute, dancing and surrounded by cattle in his form of Govinda. The name Krishna derives from the Sanskrit root "krsna" meaning black, dark, or dark blue, so Sri Krishna is usually depicted as having blue or black skin and is sometimes referred to as the Dark Lord. In the Bhagavad Gita he is depicted as a dark skinned human man who has many arms or heads. Another image of Krishna shows him as a small chubby child stealing purified butter (ghee).

Hoodoo psychic readers, spirit workers, and root doctors who petition the Hindu gods and goddesses on behalf of clients may work with Krishna when there are pending spiritual and magical issues involving love, protection from enemies and safe-guarding of animals, and wisdom.

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