Janmashtami is an event of the birth of Shri Krishna. And with this many people raise the question that how can God have parents? If He is almighty, why He takes birth, and how He decides or chooses His parents? To know more about Janmashtami You can click Everything You Need To Know About Janmashtami
Today we will discuss how God chose His parents. Also, we will be discussing what makes one eligible to become parents of God.
The Lord takes birth with His own sweet will.
As we have mentioned in the previous blog
that whenever God incarnates it's due to His sweet will. He is boundless and also He decides His parents, birthplace, and birth time. There is always a divine purpose for the birth of God.
But in this part, we will know the story of how Shri Krishna chose Devaki and Vasudev as his parents and will also discuss the 3 incarnations of God.
History of Sutapa and Prsni.
Prajapati Sutapa and his wife Prsni worshipped Shri Vishnu with such devotion that He appeared before them granting a boon. In their over-enthusiasm they asked thrice, “We need a son equivalent to you”
. Out of Compassion, Lord Shri Vishnu smiled and He told them that since they have justified their requests thrice, he will be born as their son in their next three different janmas (birth) as there is no one equivalent to him.
The First Incarnation.
For the first incarnation, during the period of Satyug, Shri Vishnu appeared as Lord Prsnigarbha
(meaning one who is the son of Prsni), the son of Sutapa and Prsni. He appeared before Prince Dhruva, and created the planet known as Dhruvloka
, finally installed Prince Dhruva as the King of the topmost planet the Dhruva Loka.
The Second Incarnation.
Indra (king of the gods, son of Kasyapa and Aditi) was defeated by the Daitya named Bali
(at that time King of the Asuras), then all the demi gods ultimately seek refuge in Shri Vishnu, who agrees to restore Indra to power.
To do so, Shri Vishnu incarnated as the dwarf-Brahmin, Vamana
, son of Kasyapa and Aditi
. The devoted Bali conducts ritual sacrifices, one of which is attended by Vamana, who requests only three feet (steps) of land. Bali agrees despite being warned about Vamana's true nature as Shri Vishnu.
Whereby Vamana grows in size and three steps cover all existence and beyond. The three worlds are given back to Indra, and Bali and the Asuras are banished to the netherworlds.
The Third Incarnation.
The third incarnation was in the form of Shri Krishna, as the son of Devki and Vasudev
on the day of Janmashtami.
He is worshipped as the eighth avatar of Shri Vishnu and also as the supreme God in His own right. He is the god of protection, compassion, and love and is one of the most popular and widely revered among Indian divinities.
The narratives of Shri Krishna's life are generally titled, Krishna Leela. He is a central character in the Mahabharata, the Bhagavata Purana, the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, and the Bhagavad Gita, and is mentioned in many Hindu philosophical, theological, and historical texts. The scriptures portray Him in various perspectives: a godchild, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero, and as the universal supreme being.
Hereby, It can be concluded that though God is the supreme most power in the entire universe, still He can be attained by pure love and devotion. Due to the love and faith of devotees, He incarnates and blesses His beloved devotees by taking birth as their son, by being their friend, lover, brother, guide, and all other roles in which devotees expect his presence.
But, it's also important to remember that though devotion has the power to make God do certain things for his devotees, it cannot be concluded that devotees are more powerful. It's all the grace of God that he considers the devotion of His devotees and fulfills their wishes. He is the only supreme being and is the ultimate controller.
With all the spiritual practices, we can rise towards self-realization but can never be equivalent to God.
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Lord parents are already decided. Lord is eternal so are his parents. So just as Lord descends, similarly his parents too.