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Gokulashtami Quotes from Swami Chidananda Saraswati – Symbolism in the birth of Sri Krishna

Sri Krishna was born in the darkness of night, born into the locked confines of a jail cell where His mother and father were being held prisoner. However, at the moment of His birth, all the guards fell asleep, the chains were broken, and the barred doors gently opened.

There is a beautiful message here, even from the first moment of the life of Sri Krishna: we may be living in the darkness of midnight; we may be bound and chained by so many attachments, temptations, angers, grudges, pains and by the binding force of maya. We may feel ourselves locked into the prison of our own bodies, the prison of duality. However, as soon as Krishna takes birth in our hearts, all darkness fades, all chains are broken and all prison doors open freely. Wherever Krishna is, there are no locks.
Also, we can see that the door to Krishna – from any direction, inside or outside – is always open. The only lock is the lock of our own ignorance, our own illusions. As soon as that ignorance is dispelled, as soon as we see His glowing form, all the doors in this life and in all lives open to us.

Swami Chidananda Saraswati