केशव को

Today’s Janmashtami, the festival celebrating the birth of the 9th avatar of Vishnu. Of the 10 avatars that He took, Krishna is the only one considered ‘Poorna Avatar’ – the complete incarnation of God, Vishnu in His entirety.

Krishna is complete, is absolute. He enunciated the knowledge of the Srimadbhagvat Gita, he is the Yogeshwar – Lord of Yoga, the practical application of Indian spirituality, not just a form of exercise.

However, this is all enough and all nothing. For I firmly believe that Krishna is beyond words and thoughts, beyond experience and feeling. Surdas, the legendary Indian bhakta and poet who wrote about Krishna all his life, in fact claimed that all attempts to write about Him were futile. It is a beautiful irony, but again, highlights Surdas’ love for his Maker, and his Maker’s divinity. Here, sample it in the glorious voice of the late Jagjit Singh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73ARusu3O6Y.

While I’m none to argue with the wisdom of Surdas, I have humbly attempted to write about Krishna…

केशव को

यशोदा के लाल को,

गोकुल के ग्वाल को,


देवकी की संतान को,

स्वयंभू ब्रह्माण्ड को,


कालिया के मर्दन को,

जो उठाया गोवर्धन को,


गोपियों संग रास को,

माखनचोर के अट्ठास को,


बँसी की मल्हार को,

राधा के अमिट प्यार को,


कुंती की अभेद ढाल को,

कौरव कुल के काल को,


द्रौपदी के आह्वान को,

मायापती भगवान को,


गाण्डीव पार्थ के सारथ को,

कुरुक्षेत्र महाभारत को,


अभिमन्यु के आचार्य को,

प्रधान बताया कार्य को,


भीष्म के सुदर्शनधारी को,

द्वारकाधीश मुरारी को,


सुदामा के सखा महाराज को,

जो स्वीकारे कोरे अनाज को,


प्रेम के अटूट साथ को,

मीरा के साँवरे नाथ को,


सूर के नेत्रों की जान को,

भविष्य, भूत, वर्तमान को,


अनंत चेतना, असीम ज्ञान को,

बाल गोपाल की मुस्कान को,


जो तारे सारे भव को,

प्रणाम मेरे केशव को…


Featured Image from https://www.theharekrishnamovement.org. All rights reserved with its rightful owners, it is used here only for representation and not for profit. If needed removed, please comment and let me know.

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