WHO IS KRISHNA?

Gopal Krishna

I am known by many names: Chaitanya das to some, Charles to others, and yet others as Charlie.  There is also Chas, Snowy (when I was really young), Robbo, Mr. Robinson, Father, Dad, Popo (to my grandchildren), Pops, Popes, Mate, Sir, Mister, and some other names my wife calls me that I cannot repeat here!  People call me different names depending on my relationship with them and also the role I am ‘playing’.

If I am known by many names why can’t God?  Surely the same applies to Him, otherwise he would be a lesser being than me of so many names?  God has so many names and they have different meanings depending on His relationships, activities and incarnations: the Supreme Lord, the Father, the Supersoul,  Jehovah, Allah, Buddha, Vishnu, Lord Chaitanya, Govinda, Gopala, Rama, – many, many names.  And of course there’s ‘Krishna’.

The name Krishna means ‘all attractive’ and therefore includes all the names of God. Hundreds of millions of people around the world know God as ‘Krishna’ – Krishna, the all attractive Supreme Person.

O my Lord, your Holy Name alone can render all benediction to living beings, and thus You have hundreds and millions of Names…” Shikshastaka, 2

From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” Psalms 113:3

Namaste.

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