Thursday marked one of the most important Hindu festivals of the year. Known as Janmastami, it was the celebration of the appearance of Lord Krishna, who appeared on earth 5,000 years ago.
This special occasion is celebrated by devotees of Lord Krishna across the country and around the world, including right here in Hawaii. There were formal and informal gatherings, including worship in temples and homes on all islands.
According to Jeannie Bishop (Jamuna dasi) of the Science of Identity Foundation, “Janmastami is my favorite day of the year. We gather together with friends and family. The day is filled with hearing stories of Lord Krishna’s appearance, pastimes, and teachings; and practicing kirtan, which is the singing and chanting of God’s names. The celebrations culminate in midnight offerings of vegetarian foodstuffs to Lord Krishna.”
Jasmine Sarns (Jaganath dasi) celebrated with her family in Kailua. “There are many people throughout Hawaii, and all over the country and world, who are celebrating the birthday of Lord Krishna today, just like we are here in our home with our family and friends.”
About the Science of Identity Foundation
Established in 1977 by Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa, the Science of Identity Foundation teaches the practice of meditation and kirtan—along with the timeless yoga wisdom of Vaishnava Hinduism—to help individuals achieve greater spiritual, mental, and physical well being. Passed down for centuries through an unbroken line of self-realized teachers, this ancient and authentic process of self-discovery can be practiced by anyone. (see http://SIF.yoga for more information.)
Who is Lord Krishna
Lord Krishna appeared on earth 5,000 years ago and spoke the Bhagavad-Gita, a yoga scripture that is studied and revered by hundreds of millions of Hindus around the world. Lord Krishna is accepted by Vaishnava Hindus as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Cause of all Causes, the Original Person. God has countless names and is full of all good qualities; therefore He is referred to as “Krishna” or “He who is All-Attractive.”
About Vaishnava Hinduism
According to Vaishnava Hinduism, the goal of life is to achieve self-realization and love for God. Vaishnava Hindus recognize that the apex of perfect yoga, and the ultimate goal of the human form of life, is the attainment of pure spiritual love for the Supreme Soul and to love and serve Him and all living beings.