This is not a post about any particular subject but about one very funny incident happened in my home few days back. We talk regularly with my parents and other family members in Pune via gtalk or Skype, it's always fun to talk with them and kids enjoy very much interacting with their grandparents and cousins in Pune. These talks are mostly weekly affair and they are entertaining for me as well as kids and tend to get quite interesting sometimes for various reasons.
Few days back Parth, very adorable character, son of my brother recited one of my favorite bhajan (devotional song) 'Om jai jagadish hare' he did really good job and I was amazed that he remembered whole song and it sounded really cute because the way he sang it, still his pronunciation is not very clear for some words so it turned out to be very unique song which only Parth can sing. Yash joined to listen the song and then after the song was finished I started asking Parth some questions like do you know who is Jagdish? why you sing bhajans? Then we also discussed why one can not sing 'Munni badnam hui' as a bhajan instead of 'Om jai jagdish'...and we also argued for some time over why my song (Munni) can not be a bhajan but his song can be, so it was fun and we both were enjoying our discussion.
Yash was listening all this; I asked Parth, "Do you know who is this 'Jagdish' for whom you were singing this bhajan?"
He looked at my mom because he didn't know the answer and finally said Jagdish means Krishna
Then I said "Why you are singing bhajan for Krishna, he was not such a nice guy"
At that point Yash joined the conversation and then the interesting part of conversation began,
Yash, "Parth do you know Krishna used to steal food from people's homes and he also killed his own uncle and not only that after killing his own uncle (Kansa) he also incited Arjun to kill his relatives".....
I was surprised by this comment from Yash, my mom was shocked and parth was taken aback by what Yash said...but it was interesting, I didn't say anything, I allowed him to continue with his statement as I was curious to know how he justifies his statement.
My mom to Yash "No Yash, he was not thief or murderer, he was God"
Yash, "Then why he used to steal food from people's house, don't we call such people thief?"
Mom, "No, he was not thief, he was just a little naughty boy, and those people used to have plenty of food and didn't mind Krishna taking some from their house"
Yash, "We also have plenty of sweets in our shop then will it be OK if some little naughty boy comes and steal them from our shop?"
Mom,"But he never used to eat alone, he used to share with his friends."
Yash, "What if that boy also shares sweets stolen from our shop with his friends, will that be OK"
Now my mom started loosing her patience, she used her final weapon which every religious person uses whenever they run out of options, "Krishna was God and because he was God he can do anything he wants we won't be able to understand it because we are humans"
Yash did pretty good job in justifying his statement and because of this I was smiling during this conversation, and finally my mom said, "Yash, you are becoming like your father, normally son picks up qualities from his father"Yash, "No, that's not true, Krishna didn't become like his father, even dad (me) is not like grandpa both are in different profession, so it's not necessary that every son will become like his father and I am also not like that"
During all this discussion Parth got really confused and finally said that he will think about Krishna as some things about him sound little strange (stealing and killing) and then we changed the subject.
The discussion was interesting, later I and Yash discussed why he thought like this about Krishna and how there are many other angles to his personality in Mahabharat which one should look into and learn from his character. Krishna is one of my favorite characters from Mahabharat and I am truly fascinated by his character and role he played in that epic, I already wrote couple of posts about him on my blog few months back.
According to me the discussion was not at all insulting towards Krishna or that bhajan (which some people might feel that it was and I totally understand their view), it was just a different perspective, one can look at any incident with many angles and each angle or approach can provide a unique view. Yash choose to look at Krishna's character and its actions in his own way and derived his conclusions, he had his own reasons to do that, we all choose our own ways to look at many situations we face in our lives and based on our approach we form our opinions and beliefs, for me this was simple example of how two people can look at the same incident or person in totally different way and both feel that they are right about their opinion about that person or situation, there is nothing strange in it we all do that without even realizing it....
Thanks for reading and please share your views on this topic.