- Namita Purohit
- Life Stages
When we say “Krishna,” we’re talking about God. Many people—especially outside of India have never heard of Krishna before. They may think Krishna is a “different God” from the one they worship. But there is only one Supreme Person, and Krishna is one of His names. The name Krishna literally means “all-attractive.” So, not only is Krishna/God all-powerful and all-knowing, He is also the most beautiful Person. Why should that matter to us? We’re all parts of Krishna—as drops of ocean water are tiny samples of the ocean. The more we know about Krishna, the better we understand ourselves—and the easier it is to understand what life is for.
The Vedas say Krishna is the original person, but that He always appears young and attractive. He knows everything, He contains all of reality, and all other living beings are His inseparable parts. He is the all-powerful, supreme controller of all energies. He is known by different names in different cultures (such as God, Allah, and Jehovah).Sometimes Krishna sends His representatives—as saints, prophets, or His sons—to teach humankind about Him, and sometimes He comes Himself, as He did approximately 3000 B.C. He spoke the spiritual and philosophical teachings known as the Bhagavad-gita, which explains the essence of our spiritual identity and our relationship with God.