The childhood of
Krishna describes the methodology and components of a
child education. Krishna,
pure consciousness, was born as the eight child of Devki representing that
during pregnancy one needs to follow the eight limbs of yoga to get a child
with no disease.
Initial childhood is full of pure consciousness that spreads love to everyone without any discrimination. The only thing the child during this period does is to steal and spread love and that is what
Makhan Chor depicts.
With time the child’s mental faculty starts developing and distracting the child’s mind. During this phase of life, the child needs to be taught to control the thoughts and mind by learning viveka (discrimination between good and bad) and doing abhyas or hard work. The episode of
The next phase of childhood is activation of intellect which in
Control of mind (Kalia) and intellect (Indra) leads the child to the next phase of life. In Krishna’s life it coincides with Ras Leela where
is seen dancing with Radha and every Gopi. This also reflects the time for the
internal ego to get killed and one acquires the qualities of humility. Killing
of Kansa depicts the killing of ego. Once the ego is killed and humility is
acquired Radha and flute are no more required and Krishna
is now a perfect man and is ready to enter the next ashram of life called
Grahasthashram. Radha (body) gets merged with consciousness and flute
(humility) is a part of the nature. One now acquires a sudarshan chakra or a
weapon to take decisions and adopt the good and kill the evil.
Krishna is shown with a flute, the female figure with him
is Radha with blue sari and yellow color, along with gopis (thoughts) dancing
around them indicating that the thoughts of the mind are in symphony with each
other and there is a union of mind, body and soul. Here the soul is represented
by Krishna, mind by the flute, thoughts with
gopis and body with Radha.
The second phase of
Krishna’s life is shown as a perfect achiever and friend,
which is evident from the story of Sudama.
The third phase of Krishna’s life represents
Krishna as an
advisor, which shows his role in Mahabharata and his preaching in Bhagavad
Gita. He teaches the message of Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Gnana Yoga and Raja
Yoga for acquiring excellence in life and inner happiness.
The last role of Krishna as a sanyasi is the end of
life. The four cycles also coincide with the four ashrams of life.
To achieve inner happiness the message from
Krishna’s life is
to learn to make efforts to control the mind, to win over the intellect by one
point concentration and to acquire qualities of humility and killing internal
ego. Only with this can one become a perfect man like Krishna.