FESTIVALS : Krishna is the ultimate ‘Mitra’ – Friendship Day Special!

Radhe Radhe!

Tere jaisa yaar kahan, Kahan aisa yaarana Yaad karegi duniya Tera mera afsana…
Meri zindagi sawaari mujhko gale lagake Baitha diya falak pe mujhe khaak se utha ke

Meaning: Where is a friend like you? Where is such friendship? The world will remember our story. You made my life just by hugging me. You picked me up from dust and made me sit on the skies.

This beautiful song was penned by Anjaan and sung by Kishore Kumar for the movie ‘Yaraanaa’. Have you ever wondered how well the lines fit on the remarkable legend of Krishna and Sudama –the tale of exemplary friendship that goes beyond all social biases.

In Srimad Bhagvat, there is a narrative that tells us that Krishna and Sudama studied together at the ashram of Rishi Sandeepan. There, they were inseparable. They used to do everything together.

Time went on and Krishna became Dwarkadheesh the King of Dwarka, and Sudama grew up to become a poor Brahmin. When things became really miserable, Sudama walked all the way to Dwarka, in the hope of getting some help from Krishna. He was carrying some rice he had brought as a gift for his friend. When he finally reached the palace of Krishna, guards stopped him. When Krishna got the message that His friend Sudama had come to meet him, Narottam Kavi says:

Krishna hugging Sudama. As soon as Krishna heard the name of Sudama, He left everything He was doing and ran Himself to the gate. He hugged his friend and became teary-eyed on seeing his condition. He asked Sudama about his well-being. Sudama was surprised. He asked, '“How did you recognise me in such a condition? Who does as you do, O ocean of blessings? Do what you do best. Such love for a poor friend! Now, who will believe you have that for the poor.'

This is the mark of true friendship – one that goes beyond riches and poverty, one where the problems of a friend brings tears to your eyes, and one where you want to do everything in your power to make your friend happy.

Friendship Day originated in the West as a marketing gimmick by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards – to break the lull in the sale of cards between holiday celebrations. It is celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year. This year, Friendship Day 2016 will be celebrated on August 7, 2016.

In Braj Mandal, friendship is a way of life. Krishna is a ‘true’ friend and you can still see ‘Gopis’ and ‘Sakhis’ who fancy themselves to be ‘friends’ of Krishna. Krishna with his friends Krishna was the life and soul of all his friends. Naughty, powerful, and musical, he was a bundle of joy for all his friends. As a child, he was the life of the party for His gwalbal(cowherds) and sakhiyaan (female friends) ? playing pranks with Gopis, winning everyone’s hearts with His divine murli(flute), and protecting his friends a number of times from Rakshasas, Asuras, Kaaliya Naag, the fear of King Kansa, and from mindless rituals and superstition.

Krishna guided his childhood friend Uddhava who went on to become His right hand man. At Mathura, Uddhava fell for the wife of his friend Shvetaketu who was called Shaibya. He was guilty of his feelings and wanted to become an ascetic. At that time, Krishna taught him to embrace life, understand the meaning of ‘true love’ and the sacrifice it requires.

In Mahabharat, there are several episodes where Krishna helped Arjun, one of the Pandavas, as a friend. Once, he had even helped Arjun to elope with His sister Subhadra, against the wishes of His beloved elder brother – Balrama. However, in Bhagvad Gita, Krishna unfolded the mystery of Life, Spirituality, and Karma to His eternal friend Arjun – and helped him attain the Krishna Consciousness.

Come to Mathura and experience the magic of being friends with Krishna!

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