Lord Krishna is the other name for eternity. He is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The incarnation of Krishna represents the descent of the infinite to the finite material world. His qualities are transcendental and inconceivable. Sage Parasara says that in Lord Krishna one can find 6 perfections in full manifestation – Strength, beauty, wealth, fame, knowledge and renunciation.
Meaning - Lord Krishna is Govinda or the Supreme Godhead. Krishna has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He is the prime cause of all causes. “Isvarah paramah krisnah Sac cid ananda vigrahah Anadir adir govindah Sarva karana karanam”
Blue color of Krishna
Syamasundara – Black or darkish blueKrishna is called Syamasundara, syama means black or darkish blue and Sundara means beautiful.
In sruti sastra it is said:
- “He eternally manifests the color syama, within which all colors rest. His complexion is not the material black.”
- Krishna is also called shyam which means the blue one. He represents the love and depth of the inner soul.
Other texts say:
- The color black depicts rain clouds and blue depicts the sea and sky.
- The vast expanse of sky and sea symbolize infinity or never ending. This shows the omnipresence of Lord Krishna. He is the infinite universe and his color is depicted as blue.
The sky appears blue at a distance; but look at it close by and you will find that it has no color. The water of the ocean looks blue at a distance, but when you go near and take it in your hand, you find that it is colorless.'