J & K
Christmas Eve, for the Krishna followers, means Krishna carolling. Our usual Sunday community converged on the temple for singing, dancing and feasting. We were singing the praises of Krishna, although we do love Jesus, too.
Jesus came to the world as the Prince of Peace. He traveled on foot from place to place, like a swami. He is sometimes depicted as one carrying a staff, much like a walking stick. He was determined to spread mindfulness and overall wellness.
Krishna had a similar agenda. Three thousand years before Jesus descended, He was born in a prison, then transferred for his safety to a quiet village near a manger. In Chapter 4 of the Bhagavad-gita, He explains His purpose for coming—to establish dharma and finally prema (chapter 18).
As a babe, He was protected from the evils of King Kamsa. In the life of Jesus, we hear that His foster parents, Joseph and Mary, fled with their infant to escape the atrocities of King Herod.
In the traditions of both Christianity and Krishna-icity, there is emphasis given to the power of sound, the name of the Divine, by the usage of words like ‘holy’ or ‘hallowed’. In Sanskrit, the language of Krishna, the term used is shabda brahman, to denote spiritual sound vibration.
We encouraged our group of people to sing and chant as a way to purge the heart. This is as Jesus and Krishna would have it.
May the Source be with you!