Lord Krishna or Shri Krishna is most often worshipped in the forms of:
- Bal Krishna (An infant)
- Gopala (A mischievous young boy)
- Vasudeva (A human-being evolved to the stage of God-hood)
- Yogeshwar (One who has realized the Ultimate Self)
Describing the different forms Lord Krishna is worshipped in, Param Pujya Dadashri said, “Some have labeled Him ‘The One with a flute’; some call Him ‘The One with Gopis.’ But Lord Krishna cannot be fully understood that way.”
Beyond the above-mentioned forms, Param Pujya Dadashri explained that Lord Krishna was a manifested God living in continuous awareness and an exalted Self-realized stage; He was a Vasudeva Narayan, a Yogeshwar, and one of the 64 Shalaka Purusha (one with super-human abilities and achievements).
Have a look at below 360 degree panoramic view of Lord Krishna who is on the right side of the Temple:
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
As Arjun’s guide on the Mahabharata battlefield, it was Lord Krishna’s duty to address his (Arjun's) despondency. In order to do so, the Lord began by revealing His true, divine Self:
"Arjun, you have known Me for a long time, yet you haven't known Me in the true sense. What you see before you is My physical body, not the true Self. I am separate from this body. I am Atma (the Self).”
“Material” and “Packing”
Param Pujya Dadashri elaborated that, “Lord Krishna said, ‘The ‘material’ within is precisely what I am - that actually is Krishna.’ You will find what you are searching for if you recognize Him (beyond the “packing” of the body). The entire inner intent of Shri Krishna is contained within these two words (material and packing).”
Using the subject of death to further illustrate this, Param Pujya Dadashri explained that what departs at the time of death is the inner “material” (Atma, or the Self), and what remains behind is the discarded “packing” of the body. While Lord Krishna’s “packing” was of Vasudeva Narayan, there are infinite varieties of packing for the living beings of the world – plant-forms, animal-forms, the human-form, etc.
Remain in the Awareness of the Self Within All
Guiding further, Lord Krishna enlightened Arjun with the knowledge of the Self existing within Him, and within all living beings – including those he (Arjun) must now face in battle.
"Just as I am Atma (the Self), you too are Atma. The brothers, uncles, teachers, and friends whom you are facing in the battle are also Atma.”
Shri Krishna continued, “Arjun, this battle is your karmic destiny, and you must carry it out with the awareness of the Atma within all. If you remain in this awareness and fight the war, you will not bind any new karma and your remaining karmas will exhaust. This will lead to ultimate salvation."