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9 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Lord Krishna

Krishna – The God, anybody who has read an ancient Indian epic Mahabharata knows about pivotal figure Lord Krishna. He is the eighth avatar of Vishnu and is one of the most widely admired deities in Hinduism. Krishna, more than a Hindu God, is a true spiritual guru that this universe has ever witnessed. He reformed the spiritual and sequential destiny of mankind. He educated the world about devotion and dharma as well as the eventual reality. Shri Krishna has been role model for the people in every sense in the past, in today modern world and certainly will remain in ages to come.

The most popular book in India – The Bhagavad Gita often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700 verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit. It is a part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, where during the righteous war between Pandavas and Kauravas in the battle of Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna enlightens Arjuna with his wisdom. It teaches many life lessons that can be easily applied to our daily lives.

Let’s have a look at the life changing lessons or teachings from the God himself.

Krishna Lesson #1: Importance of Karma (duty)

Krishna describes the Karma in Chapter 2, Verse 47 of Bhagavad-Gita as under

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन |
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि || 47 ||

karmay-evādhikāras te mā phalehu kadāchana
mā karma-phala-hetur bhūr mā te sago ’stvakarma

Meaning : Do your duty and be detached from its outcome, do not be driven by the end product, enjoy the process of getting there. (Krishna Quotes)

Shri Krishna Lessons

In the battle of Kurukshetra, Arjun’s conscience was haunted by the thoughts of killing his own kith and kin, ancestors and gurus. He refused to fight, and then Krishna delivered the philosophical epic called Bhagavad Gita. He said, “I am the sole creator of this universe. If, I wish, I can kill the enemies in a moment with ‘Sudarshan Chakra’. But I want to teach the importance of Karma (performing own duty) to coming generation.” He further added,” Do your duty and be detached from its outcome, do not get driven by the result, enjoy the journey of reaching there.” In the end, he convinced Arujna to fight and destroy the enemies.

Also Read: Bhagavad Gita : Best Verses or shlokas to enlighten your spiritual journey

If you will not work or perform your duty, you will not get the things or result out of the blues. This is one of the best learning from the teachings of Lord Krishna. You must perform your duty without anticipating the outcome or end result. While I say this it does not mean, having hopes or being optimistic is wrong, but without actions, your path will be dreadful. The trick is not to concentrate too much on the final result and just enjoy the process of reaching there. Being process oriented instead of result oriented improves your overall productivity.

Being in the present moment (mindfulness) i.e. concentrating on your Karma (the work you are doing right now) also improves your overall mental health. Arjuna could not maintain his emotional intelligence. By teaching him to concentrate on the present Krishna enlightened him.

Krishna Lesson #2: There is always a cause or reason

In Bhagavad-Gita Lord Krishna said that everything happens for a cause or good reason. Whatever happens in life happen for good and there is always a cause or reason behind that. He also mentioned that we all are children of God, the one creator. God is supreme power and this world is governed by him. And since, we all are god’s children, nothing evil can happen to us. Hence, it is best to not cry over things that have happened or over things that we do not have control of. We need to let go and accept things.

Krishna Lesson #3: Mindfulness

Shree Krishna images

Here again Krishna teaches us to live in present moment. He was conscious about the future, but he chose to live in the present moment without worrying. Even though he knew what would happen in coming future, still he stayed in present moment. Mindfulness is all about staying in present and being aware about present moment. Mindfulness is life changing and makes a difference in quality of life. Living in present and paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental well-being.

It’s possible more often to get hindered by challenging circumstances, but staying mindful and living in present moment can make things much easier. We need to learn, how to focus on the present, and not on the future or the past.

Also Read: Bhagavad Gita Quotes

Krishna Teaching #4: Control your anger

Lord Krishna describes the anger in Chapter 2, Verse 63 of Bhagavad-Gita as under

क्रोधाद्भवति सम्मोह: सम्मोहात्स्मृतिविभ्रम: |
स्मृतिभ्रंशाद् बुद्धिनाशो बुद्धिनाशात्प्रणश्यति ||63||

krodhād bhavati sammohaḥ sammohāt smṛiti-vibhramaḥ
smṛiti-bhranśhād buddhi-nāśho buddhi-nāśhāt praṇaśhyati

Meaning: Anger leads to clouding of judgment, which results in bewilderment of the memory. When the memory is bewildered, the intellect gets destroyed; and when the intellect is destroyed, one is ruined. (Krishna Quotes)

Anger affects you capability of judgement; in turn memory and intellect. Without intellect, a decision making gets affected. Therefore, anger is the fundamental cause of all kind of failures in a person’s life. It is one of the three main gates of hell, other two being greed and lust. One must try to control and side-track anger while keeping the mind at peace.

Krishna Teachings #5: Sacrifice

Krishna asked Bheem to call upon Ghatotkach (Bheem’s son) in the battle of Krukshetra. It was not to annihilate the Kaurav army but to force Karna to use the Indrastra (a deadly divine weapon) that one cannot escape alive from. He did this to ensure that Arjuna, who was the key to winning the war, would stay alive. Hence, by sacrificing one brilliant warrior, he ensured the victory of Pandavas.

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Likewise, in life we have to sacrifice many things to achieve success. There cannot be any significant progress or achievement without sacrifice. If you are not willing to sacrifice your comfort zone, pride, ego, time, money or security, you will never be able to achieve your highest level of success.

Krishna Lesson #6: Humbleness or modesty

Even though Krishna was the king of splendid Dwarka and the god of all creation, he was still humble and always showed tremendous respect to his elders – whether they were his parents or teachers. He was always eager to give pleasure to them. Because of this, people were always willing to help him where ever he went.

Krishna Radha Leela

During the Kurukshetra war, Krishna donned the role of lowly charioteer. Shri Kirshna was the embodiment of simplicity and his role as a charioteer is a testament of that.

Being humble or modest is one of the most important characteristic of personality. Like Krishna you too must be humble in life. It helps you to cultivate genuine relationship with honest people. Be modest enough to give people more reasons to be happy in their life.

Krishna Lesson #7: No job is big or small

Lord Krishna could have won the battle of Kurukshetra all by himself. But he chose to guide Arjuna and drove his chariot for him. He says job is a job; there is no big or small job. No labour is without dignity. You must love your job and give your best while at your job, does not matter how big or small it is. Your job fills a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to respect all kind of jobs and accept them.

Life Lessons from Krishna Mahabharat

Shri Krishna Lesson # 8: Best or true friends

Krishna Sudama friendship photo

Sudhama was Krishna’s childhood friend. Unlike Krishna he was a deprived man and his financial conditions were not good. His family could hardly arrange food for twice in a day. He once visited to meet Shree Krishna hoping to ask for some support or assistance. But, once he met Krishna, he could not have courage or had heart to share his problems to his friend Krishna. When Sudama returned back to his home, he was surprised by the lavish house, beautiful clothes and expensive jewelry. Being a true and genuine friend, Krishna understood Sudhama’s problems, even without uttering a word by Sudama regarding his problems. That is the true meaning of friendship.

Now a days, it is well-established fact that having real, genuine and trustworthy friends is good for you . This life is about the people you share it with; make the most of it. Surround yourself with good friends and always be a good friend in return.

Krishna Lessons # 9: Surrender to God

Lord Krishna said in Chapter 18, Verse 66 of Bhagavad-Gita

सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज |
अहं त्वां सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुच: || 66||

sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śharaṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣhayiṣhyāmi mā śhuchaḥ

Meaning: Abandon all Dharma (duties) and simply surrender unto me (the will of God) alone. I shall liberate you from all sinful reactions; do not fear.

All along, Shree Krishna had been asking Arjun to do two things simultaneously—engage his mind in devotion, and engage his body in fulfilling his material duty as a warrior. He thus wanted Arjun not to give up his Kshatriya dharma, but to do devotion alongside with it. This is the principle of Karm Yog.  Here Krishna also ensures Arjuna even if he give up all his material dharmas, he will not incur sin. Shree Krishna tells Arjun not to fear; he will absolve him from all sins, and liberate him from material existence.

There are two kinds of dharmas—material dharma and spiritual dharma. These two kinds of dharma are based upon two different understandings of the “self.” When you identify yourself as the body, then your dharma is determined in accordance with your bodily responsibilities, duties, actions and behaviour.  However, when you identify yourself as the soul, your one and only dharma becomes loving devotional service to God. The soul’s Father, Mother, Friend, Beloved, and resting place are all God. So God asks to get away from materialistic body and identify yourself as a soul.

Krishna Quotes

Here are some of the most insightful lord Krishna Quotes apart from above lessons which will give you needed motivation in difficult times

  1. “There are three gates to self-destruction and hell: Lust, Anger & Greed.” ~ Lord Krishna

Shri Krishna Quotes

  1. “A man is made by his beliefs. As he believes. So he becomes.” ~ Lord Krishna

Shri Krishna Quotes

  1. “No one that does good work will ever come to a terrible ending.” ~ Shri Krishna

Krishna Quotes

  1. “It is much better to execute one’s own duties imperfectly than to learn the responsibilities of another.” ~ Lord Krishna
  2. “Do everything you have to do, but not with ego, not with lust, not with envy but with love, compassion, humility, and devotion.” ~  Krishna Quotes on Love
  3. “The only way you can conquer me is via love, and there I am happily conquered.” ~ Shri Krishna Quotes
  4. Change is the law of the world. In a moment, you become the owner of millions. In another, you become penniless.” ~ Lord Krishna
  5. “The Key to happiness is the reduction of desires.” ~ Lord Krishna
  6. “The pleasure from the senses seems like nectar at first, but it is sour as the toxin in the end.” ~ Lord Krishna
  7. Happiness is a state of mind, that has nothing to do with the external world.” ~ Lord Krishna

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Also Read: Happy Krishna Janmashtami Quotes, Wishes, Images and Messages

Over to you now, these were my version of the life changing lessons / teachings that we can learn from Shree Krishna. I would like to know the lessons you have learnt from the life of Krishna. Please feel free to share them in the comment section below.

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  1. Very nice article to read on this auspicious Janmashtami Day. I really wonder at the age of 50, I got an opportunity to read Lord Shri Krishna”s Quote through this article. that too for the correct time for me.

    Thanks a lot. I feel very very happy. Jai Shri Krishna. Jai Shri Krishna. Jai Shri Krishna. My Namaskarams to Shri Krishna.

    My gratitude to you for posting this Article. Once again Thank you very much.

  2. I was depressed , and i used love from childhood but never read Gita , now iam 23 and it’s right time for me to read Gita and want to make this joyful and peaceful
    I want to forgive each and every one
    And move on with Krishna!!

  3. these lessons change my life for good it is very helpful in dark days .your post is very good subscribed to your blog..

  4. This line about Sudama is totally worng. “He once visited to meet Shree Krishna hoping to ask for some support or assistance”. Please correct your sources

    1. This is correct. Sudama’s wife Sudheela (Also known with the name Vasundhra) insisted Sudama to meet with Shri Krishna for financial help. Then only he went to meet Shri Krishna …. but could not ask for any help.

    1. Thanks Kavya Patel

      On this auspicious day of Krishna Janmashtami, If we imbibe these teachings of Krishna that will be the real celebration.


  5. Jai Srikrishna.
    I am really really blessed to came across your article, Thank you so much for your excellent article..

  6. This is a very well written article. Thanks a lot for sharing this! This is our countries legacy.

    These life Lessons are written in simple language communicate a strong message to mass. Once again thanks ….

  7. I am not sure where you’re getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for great information, I was looking for this info.

  8. This entry gives so much more info than similar blogs, and it’s very helpful to me. Will follow you to see future writing from you! can I share this?

  9. I do believe in Lord Krishna and I know Lord Krishna is my Lord. I bow to him and pray to Him all days. His blessings r very important to me in my life. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  10. All teachings explained are really appreciable & if included in our life can convert it into a better & beautiful life.


  12. Excellent article .. very well connected mordern life with the learnings from God Krishna. I liked the lesson no. 7 No job big or small. God bless you.

    1. Thanks Riya ji for sparing time and reading the article. Yes Lesson #7 is very important for modern world youth. I appreciate you comments and feedback…

    2. Yes, Pradeep ji, One must fight for the rights. Most of the times humbleness is considered as weakness in the Kalyuga. We can be loser against opponents…. but we must not lose from self…. the fight within is more important….

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