Krishna is a famous avatar of Vishnu the sustainer; a living embodiment of God in an apparently physical form. Unlike some other avatars of history, he was born aware of his Divine nature. In the Kala model, he was a full 16 of 16, something very rare. He’s also a quality of Divinity.
Amusingly, the Sanskrit word for avatar is daveed which means “descent.” This means a deliberate descent into lower layers of existence (the world) for a specific purpose. Avatars often seem to show up at the transition between Yugas or ages.
The story of Krishna’s life is told in the epic Mahabharata. A section of that, where he gives instruction to Prince Arjuna on the battlefield, is called the Bhagavad Gita or song of God. In that, he lays out the full unfolding of enlightenment and guides Arjuna through it.
Like other Devas, we can experience Krishna in 3 ways:
a) in form
b) in an intermediate or “spirit form”
c) as a law of nature or principle of Divinity.
Let’s use Shiva as an example first.
a) Shiva can be known in form. We can see examples of people’s experiences or artists interpretations of those illustrated all over the world.
b) Shiva has a Mahadeva aspect where his principle is embodied but not expressed into a defined form.
c) Shiva as the Observer aspect of consciousness, an embodiment of the Divine principle of alertness.
When the latter is embodied in our physiology, it’s called Self Realization or Cosmic Consciousness. The observer wakes up to itself through this form.
a) Krishna can be known in form, also widely illustrated. For me, he was the first Divine deva to show up. He brought my attention to a detail in the “sky” (see my crude illustration above) that allowed me to transcend the universe and discover our creation beyond it, to move from the 5th to 6th koshas.
b) Krishna has a cosmic form described in Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gita, where he shows Arjuna his body of all bodies. Arjuna is overwhelmed, but when this experience arises naturally, it’s less so; part of our progressive unfolding of the cosmic body.
c) Krishna is a principle of Divinity, what I’d call Divine Intellect. This is the topic of this post.
Some years ago, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi referred to a state of Krishna Consciousness. There has been much speculation among his students about post-Brahman stages, and I too puzzled about this vague reference. Over the years, he brought out further stages of development, but never the full Vasishtha model I use.
One key detail is the word Krishna means dark or black. What does that mean in the context of Divinity where it’s all lit up? What was Maharishi referring to?
I’ve written previously on the 7 stages of Divinity, the sub-stages of the ParaBrahman stage. The fourth sub-stage is embodied at the heart. This level has a dual aspect: Love which flows and brings life, and the Divine Intellect which gives structure and stability. This is the structuring of Divine intelligence which flows through the structure. Stable, but flexible.
We can also see this apparent heart/ intellect duality as the masculine and feminine expressions. Some will favour one or the other, others will explore both. Both however are sustaining, the Vishnu quality that Krishna embodies.
The Divine Intellect is the stable backing for consciousness to become aware of itself at every point. It is behind the Divine Mind which holds the ideas that lead to creation. And it is the field in which the Vedas or blueprints of our creation reside. All the aspects that sustain and evolve our creation.
This field is deep black and this is Krishna. When this is being embodied in the 4th stage of ParaBrahman, it comes alive and ceases to be background. The heart awakens on yet another level. This is apparently Krishna Consciousness.
PS: this article is not a claim of personal development, just a description of a recognition from what’s been shown. The stages of enlightenment are not personal.