Visit Gujrat state in India and you will often hear “Jai Shri Krishna” or more appropriately in Gujrati “Jai Shri Krushna.” This is in place of, Hi, Hello or a good morning salutations. You may hear “Jai She Ram” in some places in India or “Bum Bum Bholey” in other parts of India. How did this all come about? What is the story or what’s the history? How was this system created and what thought process supported it?
Before we get there, let’s recap our last article and podcast “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (VS).” I mentioned there about fourth dimension of VS as divine but did not talk about it. We talked about consciousness pool, and we also discussed our relationship with our surroundings apart from our chronological heritage. All these three dimensions are visible or understandable, we know about our past, we know much about our surroundings and sooner or later we will learn more about consciousness. All these are important but something is missing, it’s like earth without grass, water without flow and Mt. Everest without snow and chilling wind. It’s like men, women, and children without love.
Before we go further in the Divine energy, let’s try to understand how some simple events happen around us and what kind of thought processes we foster in our current existence. We think about who we are, how we relate with each other and what we do. These are important to us and why should they not be? We celebrate President’s day, father’s day, mother’s day, doctor’s day, nurse’s day and so on. All these are focussed around a us, our relations, and our work. There is nothing wrong in it, but what we celebrate or pay respect to shows a lot about how we as society think. It is a collective expression of collective social intelligence and thinking.
The Divine Energy
Now, let’s revisit India and talk about where the focus lay when they devised or put into the system, “Jai Shri Krishna” as salutations. Krishna talked about 5 pillars of success in Gita; the fifth pillar being “Divine.” Krishna took Arjun to Devi Durga for her blessings before start of the Mahabharata war. Ram worshipped Shiva before starting war with Ravan. If you go to Leh, a predominantly Buddhist place, you will find prayer wheels and prayer flags everywhere you go.
What’s common to all these is the power of the Divine. They knew something more than what we do today. We may call their thinking primitive, but by doing so we will be missing something far more important than we can imagine. Divine energy or divine forces may be what is pervading every cell and every atom in this world. Shiva or Durga or the Buddhist prayer flags may just be different expressions of this all pervading divine entity. This may be the explanation Einstein and other scientists have been looking for the theory of everything (TOE).
Look at Sun, how can it just be a physical structure hanging out there in universe simply with gravitational or some other physical law or force? How can Ganga just be a river carrying water from Himalaya to the ocean? These are not my questions. These are questions that man must have asked when they first saw these entities. Those men dived deep during meditation; they did the research on a different pathway and came up with certain conclusions. The Rishis, the researchers of those times, could see the divine energy in Sun, Ganga, rain, wind, and other items around us and tried to establish communications with souls that we cannot see; they attempted contacts with entities in another existence. who can falter them. We have been trying to find life on another planet and we have fascination to aliens too.
There is not enough time or space to go into the details of all these. It’s worth reading chapter 9 of Bhagavad-Gita and a book by Osho, the Hidden Mysteries to get a better grasp of these practices. Osho mentions in the book about the importance of Varanasi and Mt. Kailash that I find fascinating, It’s also about time when science and science institutions devote resources and energy in research of these possibilities.
Krishna elaborates characteristics of this divine energy and existence in Chapter 9 of Gita. He unravels the mysteries of existence in those beautiful verses. We must understand that Krishna is talking about the Divine energy here in Chapter ( and is talking about Krishna the person. He goes on to say:
मया ततमिदं सर्वं जगदव्यक्तमूर्तिना |
मत्स्थानि सर्वभूतानि न चाहं तेष्ववस्थित: || 4||
The entire universe and the whole existence
Is pervaded by my un-manifested form
All beings are in Me, yet, I am not in them
This is the true nature of my un-manifested Divine form
Now that people knew about existence if this Divine energy, how do you bring it down to a common man Institutions were set up to study different dimensions or say different expressions of the Divine. The rishis were the researchers and teachers. Temples and Ashrams became the places of research and application. Yoga, meditation and mantras became techniques to get there. Certain common practices and systems were set up for its presence in the social structure.
I would, however, come back on the topic we started with. “Jai Shri Krishna” was one of the salutations floated out in the society as a way to bring divine in our common practice. If we accept Krishna to be 5000 years ago, this salutation has lasted that many years. When you say some one “Jai Shri Krishna” you are addressing the Divine in Krishna and the divine in that person. A positive energy is bound to start with this salutation. This is of the ways how a deep knowledge of the Divine can be brought down in common practice of a common man. This journey is just the beginning, it’s not done yet. We will continue these discussions together.
We live according to our intelligence and knowledge and create systems around us according to our thinking. We think about us and what we do. That is important to us. We create father’s day, mother’s day, nurses day, doctors day and so on. we look into other person’s eyes, smile and say, “hello” and expect a hi or hello in return. If we saw divine all around and realize divine expressions in Krishna, Ram or Buddha, our day to day life changes accordingly. We recognize the divine presence in Sun and have a day for Sun, we recognize Krishna as representing that Divine and say “Jai Shri Krishna” and so on.