Namaste and wishing you a Happy Janmashtami!

I would like to share with you Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's uplifting statement in celebration of Sri Krishna Janmashtami.

Janmastami video message

When someone has a birthday, we try to please the person whose birthday we are celebrating. Maybe we may buy them some presents or bake them a cake. We try to do something for them that will make them happy.

Likewise, on this very wonderful day celebrating Lord Sri Krishna’s appearance, we should consider what we can do that would be most pleasing to Him. The Supreme Lord is the owner and controller of everything. There is nothing that He is lacking. He doesn’t need anything from us. But there is one thing that He wants from us. Our love. This is the one thing we have to offer that makes Krishna very happy.

But our love can only be offered as an expression of free will. Love can’t be taken or forced. That's not the nature of love.

5000 years ago, Krishna appeared on this planet in His original form. He came for many reasons. He came so we could come to know of the absolute reality of His existence. He came to display His wonderful pastimes and loving exchanges with His devotees. He came to speak the Bhagavad-gita, which is His personal and direct instructions to each of us.

And as we hear about Sri Krishna, and His wonderful pastimes, and become more attracted to Him, something wonderful happens. The love that we begin to experience for the Supreme Lord attracts Him to us. And He begins to reveal Himself to us more and more. This is the ultimate truth that Sri Krishna reveals to us in the Bhagavad-gita.

So today on Janmashtami, and every day, let us be prayerful of how we can use our lives to be pleasing to God and grow our love for Him. This is Sri Krishna’s birthday wish. If this is our heart's desire, then our love for God will forever grow. Krishna will be more and more pleased, and we will experience true happiness and peace.

Best wishes and aloha to you all.
Jaya Sri Krishna

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