Krishna Janmashtami 1992

Krishna Janmashtami is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. In this special occasion a beautiful celebration used to be held in Satsang Bhavan in Lucknow, which included devotional songs in praise of Lord Krishna and of Papaji.

This video is from 21st August 1992. At the beginning Papaji speaks about devotion and some time later he tells the story of Meerabai. Papaji was an ardent devotee of Krishna and met Ramana Maharshi in his quest to never feel separated from his beloved Krishna. To the question, “Have you seen God? Can you enable me to see him?” Ramana replied, “I cannot show you God or enable you to see God because God is not an object that can be seen. God is the subject. He is the seer. Don’t concern yourself with objects that can be seen. Find out who the seer is.’” Papaji didn’t grasp what Ramana was pointing at and later on, when he had a vision of Lord Rama with his entourage and he could not repeat the name of Krishna any longer he visited Ramana again. The Maharshi looked intently into Papaji eyes and told him that all his practice were no longer needed and that he had reached his destination. In Papaji’s words, “Under that spellbinding gaze I felt every atom of my body being purified. It was as if a new body were being created for me. A process of transformation was going on—the old body was dying, atom by atom, and a new body was being created in its place. Then, suddenly, I understood. I knew that this man who had spoken to me was, in reality, what I already was, what I had always been. There was a sudden impact of recognition as I became aware of the Self.” (Nothing Ever Happened – David Godman)

Please watch with English subtitles as the audio is of poor quality.

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