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The Message of Love and Happiness as Understood from Krishna

Reading about Krishna, one understands the way of acquiring inner happiness. It can be understood by the four cycles of Krishna described in the vedic literature: Krishna the Child; Krishna the Husband and Friend; Krishna the Preacher and Krishna the Sanyasi.

The childhood of Krishna describes the methodology and components of a child education. Krishna, pure consciousness, was born as the eight child of Devki representing that during pregnancy one needs to follow the eight limbs of yoga to get a child with no disease.

A newborn and during initial childhood, the child is full of pure consciousness that spreads love to everyone without any discrimination. The only thing the child does during this period is to steal and spread love and that is what Krishna as Makhan Chor depicts.

With time, the child’s mental faculties start developing that distract the child’s mind. During this phase of life, the child needs to be taught to control the thoughts and mind by learning viveka (discrimination between good and bad) and doing abhyas. The episode of Krishna entering into the pond (thoughts) fighting with Kaliya (mind) and controlling it represents the same. This also coincides with the time a child should be sent to the school.

The next phase of childhood is activation of intellect which in Krishna’s life is depicted as the questions in his mind such as “Radha kyun gori, main kyun kala?” This starts when the child is exposed to the worldly atmosphere and starts getting attached to it. This is the time when the child should be taught control of mind and intellect by one point concentration on the object of concentration. This is also the time when the child should be taught the purpose of life, and the aim for which he has to live in future.

In Krishna Leela, Krishna controls the intellect by winning over Indra and raising Govardhan Parvat on one finger. One finger here indicates one point concentration on the object of concentration. Once the child is taught control of intellect, he/she completes his/her spiritual education and learns about the true self. In Krishna Leela, it coincides with Ras Leela where Krishna is seen dancing with Radha and every Gopi. This also reflects the time for the internal ego to be destroyed and one acquires the qualities of humility. Killing of Kansa depicts destroying the ego. Once the ego is killed and humility is acquired, Radha and flute are no more required and Krishna is now a perfect man and enters into the Grahasth ashram.

Krishna is always depicted in blue color with yellow clothes and a flute in his hands. Blue color indicates everything is possible and yellow clothes indicate that one can acquire it, provided one has the flute which is a hollow wood representing egoless nature.

Whenever Krishna is shown with a flute, the lady alongside is Radha with blue sari whose skin is golden in color, along with Gopis dancing around them indicating that the thoughts of the mind are in symphony with each other and there is a union of mind, body and soul. Here the soul is represented by Krishna, egoless mind by the flute and body with the Radha.

The subsequent phase of Krishna’s life is shown as a perfect achiever and friend, which is evident from the story of Sudama.

The third phase of Krishna’s life represent Krishna as an advisor, which shows his role in Mahabharata and his preaching in Bhagwad Gita.

The last role of Krishna as a sanyasi is the end of Krishna’s life. The four cycles also coincide with the four ashrams of life.

The message from Krishna’s life is to learn to make efforts to control the mind, to win over the intellect by one point concentration and to acquire qualities of humility and killing internal ego to achieve inner happiness. Only then can one acquire the personality of a perfect man like Krishna.

Dr KK Aggarwal
Editor in Chief

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Krishna Foretells a Healthy Being

The fast evolving hi-tech world has disturbed the body, the mind and the environment beyond comprehension. It seems next to impossible for people, especially the executive class, to allow themselves sometime for introspection. The need for self-analysis, control over thyself, and shedding ignorance to the spiritual principles is the call of the day upon the natural good of self-realization and the perfect health, which satisfied the mental, physical, spiritual, environmental and social facets. “Krishna Avatar is synonymous with self-realization”.
All the required good to the body and the environment can only be done by following the eight spiritual principles defined by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Yama (self control), Niyama (self-discipline), Asanas (bodily postures), Pranayama (control of breath), Pratihara (withdrawl from the outside world), Dharana (one pointed), Dhyana (contemplation) and Samadhi (self realization) are the eight recommended guidelines to a satisfied and a content well-being. “Birth of Krishna (who represents ‘Brahman’ or ‘God consciousness’) in the prison means self-realization born out of ignorance. Self-realization can be acquired only by adhering to the 8 principles of Ashtang-yoga with Tapas (Abhyasa) or hard work. Sri Krishna, born as the eight child of Devki, represents Tapas of 8 limbs of yoga. Self-realization i.e. the eighth step can only occur after the first seven steps are successfully negotiated and the mind is purified in the process”.
The primary need for self-realization, which would keep the necessary evils like anger, greed and lust away from oneself. Meditation is prescribed as the most remarkable medium to have a dialogue with the inner self. Controlling anger, which is the root cause of heart attack; fear, which propagates high blood pressure; and greed, which induces heart failure – are inevitably necessary.
The festival of Janmashtami means more than just a mere ritual festival. It initiates the goodness of Krishna and His existence, which would propagate good health in the long run.

Dr KK Aggarwal
Editor in Chief

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New Guidelines against Surgical Errors: No mobiles please in the OT

Preventing surgical errors is the responsibility of the entire healthcare provider team and should involve educating the patient who has the greatest stake in avoiding problems according to new recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

  1. A preoperative briefing should assign essential roles to all members of the team and should include an introduction of each person by name and role to improve communication.
  2. The patient should be involved in the prevention of surgical errors, which requires personal effort by the surgeon to educate the patient during the preoperative evaluation process. This should include involving the patient (or their designee) in identifying the correct surgical site during both informed consent and actually marking the site in the preoperative area.
  3. Members of the surgical team should be alert and well rested because stress and fatigue are well–known causes of human error. Adequate backup personnel should be available in case a member of the team detects diminished performance in themselves or others.
  4. All distractions, including beepers, phones, and nonessential conversations, should be kept to a minimum. The presence of nonparticipating observers should be carefully assessed and must not compromise patient safety.
  5. Surgeons incorporating new surgical techniques should be supervised by a more experienced colleague until competency is demonstrated, whenever possible.
  6. When new equipment is introduced into the operating room, all members of the surgical team should be trained to use it and should have practiced with it.
  7. For obstetric surgery, checklists and protocols for massive transfusion in the event of a large obstetric hemorrhage are recommended for labor and delivery units.

As per the Joint Commission, there were 116 wrong–site surgical errors in the US in 2008. Although relatively rare, such errors are more likely when many surgeons are involved in an operation; multiple procedures are being performed at the same time, or the patient has unusual physical characteristics, like morbid obesity or a deformity.

Dr KK Aggarwal
Editor in Chief

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