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Krsna Janmastami

The Appearance Day of Lord Sri Krsna is called Krsna Janmastami and will be celebrated Tuesday, August 11th. Lord Krsna is called the Supreme Personality of Godhead although He contains within Himself both personal and impersonal aspects. As Brahman, He is the undifferentiated oneness that exists everywhere; as Paramatma, He is the Supersoul within each of our hearts; and finally as Bhagavan, He is that supreme personality Who is full in all opulences, which are listed as all strength, all fame, all wealth, all knowledge, all beauty and all renunciation.

Still the greatest of His qualities is considered to be His nature as Bhakta Vatsala, that He is beloved to His devotees.

Here is a beautiful prayer that celebrates Lord Sri Krsna as the one Who is the foremost of thieves, Who steals the hearts of His devotees.

Chor Astakam  

I offer pranams to that foremost of thieves – Who is famous in Vraja as the butter thief and He Who steals the gopis clothes, and Who for those who take shelter of Him, steals the sins which have accrued over many lifetimes.

I offer my pranams to the foremost of thieves, Who steals Srimati Radhika’s heart, Who steals the dark luster of a fresh raincloud, and Who steals all the sins and sufferings of those who take shelter of His feet.

He turns His surrendered devotees into paupers and wandering, homeless beggars – Aho! Such a fearsome thief has never been seen or heard of in all the three worlds.

Mere utterance of His name purges one of a mountain of sins – such an astonishingly wonderful thief I have never seen or heard of anywhere.

O Thief! Having stolen my wealth, my honor, my senses, my life and my everything, where can You run to? I have caught You with the rope of my devotion.

You cut the terrible noose of Yamaraja. You sever the dreadful noose of material existence, and you slash everyone’s material bondage, but You are unable to cut the knot fastened by Your own loving devotees.

O stealer of my everything! O thief! Today I have imprisoned You in the miserable prison house of my heart which is very fearful due to the terrible darkness of my ignorance, and there for a long time, You will remain receiving appropriate punishment for Your crimes of thievery!

O Krsna! Thief of my everything! The noose of my devotion remaining forever tight, You will continue to reside in the prison house of my heart because I will not release You for millions of aeons.

I wish you all a very Happy Krsna Janmastami!

All the best,
Rukmini Walker