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Yesterday, I met a wonderful poet who wrote “an English poetic rendition of the Tenth Canto [that] tries to remove stereotyped notions of God as a
static and unsociable person and presents Him as the most dynamic personality.” After receiving his book, “A God who Dances,” I soon realized the magnificence of the book. An absolutely wonderful book of love and devotion and all poetry written in the same rhythm of the original sanskrit text, but in english! Unbelievable work. Please check it out.
What is Janmashtami???
Janmashtami commemorates the earthly appearance of Krishna, who is described in India’s sacred writings as God Himself. One of the biggest religious festivals in the world, it is celebrated by nine hundred and thirty million people around the world—and two million in the US alone. To devotees, it’s Christmas and New Year’s in one, a day of deep spiritual renewal and celebration that effectively finishes an old year and begins a fresh one.
But why Janmashtami, you may ask? What’s so special about Krishna, as opposed to any other form of God? It’s His personable-ness. He reciprocates in unique, personal ways with every devotee who offers Him love—He is the most adorable, mischievous son, the most romantic lover, the most compassionate friend. And on Janmashtami, devotees celebrate Krishna in all of these aspects. For just as Krishna reciprocates individually with His relatives and confidantes, he responds to the distinct feelings and desires held most deeply in the heart of every single worshipper.
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