Significance of Sharad Purnima
Sharad Purnima( full moon day of Hindu Lunar month of Aswin (Sep-Oct), is also known as ‘Rasotsav’(day on which Lord Krishna showered nectar through His flute) because on the night of Sharad Purnima, Lord Krishna played flute and showered nectar through it. When He played flute, few Gopis who were milking cows ,immediately, when they heard the sound of flute, they ran away in the direction where flute was being played calling for ‘Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Krishna…. leaving behind milking halfway. Some Gopis were igniting stove. They also ran away leaving behind the stove half ignited. Few of them were wearing cloths; they wore the bottom cloth at top and top cloth on the head and just ran away madly after Krishna. Few were combing their hair, they left the hair half braided and half open and went after Krishna. Few applied some kajal on eyes and some on cheeks and ran away.
Karshati Aakarshati iti Krishna…
The One, who attracts and pulls towards Himself is named as Krishna. Those Gopis are our tendencies and attitude. The importance of Lord Krishna cannot be understood till this world is considered to be real. When the importance of Lord Krishna is understood and the devotion and love towards Krishna is attained, then these artificial things have no value-what makeup and what work…. One leaves behind everything and starts doing bhakti(devotion) of that Lord…!!
Gopis would go mad when they listen to the divinely melodious sound of Krishna’s flute. One of the Gopis was feeding milk to baby, she left the baby aside, crying and screaming and ran away going mad for Krishna. One was eating food; she left the food and went after Krishna. One applied eye liner some on eyes and some here & there and ran after Him. One left the hair half braided and went away.
Playing flute is the invocation of Lord Krishna. When He plays flute, it means He is calling Gopis. It indicates that the devotees have to run. They leave aside all their work and run after Krishna. Similarly, in our hearts too, that Lord plays flute sometimes by giving sorrows, sometimes by giving happiness, sometimes through his existence, sometimes through experience, sometimes through His wisdom. His flute is being played, but you don’t listen to it. When you will hear it, then you also will leave behind all the work of this materialistic world and start meditating on that Supreme God alone…!!
Sharad Purnima gives you the message, that, when you will consider all the materialistic work to be trivial and only Krishna as your main goal, then you also will become happy like Gopis.
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