Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-6. Part -3.
Chapter-6. Lord Sri Krishna – The Purna-Avataram
Bhagavan Sri Krishna, the full Avatara, the complete manifestation of God, is the object of our worship, prayer and meditation on this day.
This has a very special relevance to our own personal lives, and its meaning for us is naturally the meaning that is implied in our relationship with God.
We have heard from narrations recorded in the scriptures like the Srimad Bhagavata, that Bhagavan Sri Krishna was born at midnight.
The darkest part of the night is midnight, and that was the hour of the birth of the Lord.
This divine advent took place not at the commencement or at the fag end of the night, but in the thick of the night, midnight, which from the point of view of our own personal Sadhana-life is reminiscent of the conditions under which God would reveal Himself in our own lives.
God did not reveal Himself in daylight, but in the dead of night.
The spiritual connotation of this, from the point of view of the relationship of the soul to God, is that the daylight or activity of the senses is the midnight or slumber of the Atman, and the daylight or birth of the Atman is the midnight or slumber of the senses.
When the senses cease from their activity, conditions become favourable for the manifestation of God.
The Atman does not manifest Itself when the senses are rejoicing in the daylight of their contact with objects.
To be continued ....