Lord Krishna had sixteen thousand queens and He lived a royal and luxurious worldly life. Yet, He is worshipped as God. Why do people around the world worship Him so devoutly?

God (i.e. the Pure Soul) had manifested in Krishna!!!
Revealing His state, Lord Krishna has said, “Where the world is awake, I sleep; and I am awake where the world sleeps.” The world is awake in materialistic worldly matters; that is where Krishna (the Soul) sleeps, and where the world is asleep (in the matters of the Soul), Krishna is awake.

Krishna was a Self-Realized Soul!!! He had attained Self-Realization (Sudarshan or Samyak-darshan) with the grace of Lord Neminath, the fully Enlightened One!!! Just like a lit lamp can light other lamps, similarly the Living Enlightened being can enlighten other Souls.

Sudarshan means right darshan or the vision that, 'I am the Soul'. Owing to this vision, although Krishna had so many queens and He lived a rich and palatial life, He was always detached from all worldly passions. Despite his physical involvement in worldly affairs externally, internally He had a constant awareness that, “The body is separate and I am a Pure Soul. I am not the doer of anything.”

He lived with the awareness that His physical self could not escape the law of karma, and hence he had no choice but to undergo the effects of his karma. But while his karma of materialistic luxuries and having so many wives unfolded, He always remained in the awareness of “I am a Pure Soul.”

Thus, we too can achieve Krishna’s consciousness if we attain this knowledge of the Self from the Living Gnani, the Enlightened One, as expounded by Yogeshwar Lord Krishna in the Bhagwad Gita.
Krishna consciousness refers to the Pure Soul that resides in every living being.

We can achieve Krishna’s consciousness only when we realize that “I am a Pure Soul.”
Krishna is not the object that is seen. The Self within is Krishna. Krishna is the One who just knows and observes every object that exists in Universe. He is merely the Knower i.e. the Gnata and the Observer i.e. the Drashta of every object, without any feeling of attachment or hatred for it.

Before the great war of the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna said to Arjun, "Arjun, you have been with me for a long time, but you have not yet known me in the true sense. What you see in front of you is not the real me. What you are seeing is the physical body. I am separate from this body. I am a Pure Soul. You too, are a Pure Soul. Your brothers, uncles, Gurus and friends with whom you are about to fight, are also Pure Souls.

This (fighting) is your destiny (karma), so you have to carry it out with the awareness of the Soul. If you remain in this awareness and fight the war, you will not bind new karma and your old karma that unfolds will exhaust. This will eventually lead you to ultimate salvation."

When a person worships the formless and devotes himself to the formless (amurta), He attains the formless Self and becomes liberated.
Krishna showed to Arjuna the tranquil and formless state of the Self.

Seeing this, Arjuna surrendered to Krishna Bhagwan. He fought the entire war of Mahabharata, remaining in the awareness that Krishna gave Him, and ultimately attained salvation (moksha).

The awareness in the materialistic world is the awareness through ego, whereas awareness without ego is moksha. Eventually, everyone will have to come into this spiritual awareness without the ego.

How can we come into the spiritual awareness which is the awareness without the ego?
The characteristic of Ego is such that even after thousands of lifetimes, it does not leave one alone. However, the Viraat Purush has the divine spiritual power to annihilate such ego to pieces.

The one who can take away our ego is a Viraat Purush (the Great One). He is the Enlightened One whose ego is completely gone. And hence He can take away the ego of the other people. Such Enlightened One removes our ego so easily and effortlessly as if He is letting the air out of an inflated tyre. He is the true gigantic figure, in presence of whom one’s Ego cannot survive. Therefore, people very naturally happen to bow down before Him, out of sheer reverence they experience in their heart towards Him.

Such an Enlightened One is called Gnani!!!
We too can achieve the same Krishna consciousness while living in this materialistic world by realizing our Soul.
The Soul is the real Self and it resides in every living being. However, it is only after one attains Self-Realization through the Enlightened One, that one is able to experientially understand that, “I am a Pure Soul.”

The Living Gnani is like a lit lamp that can enlighten our Souls!!! He graces us with Self-Realization, after which the spiritual awareness without the ego arises within us. And thus, we easily achieve the path that leads to Krishna consciousness, while we continue to live in this materialistic world!

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Author's Bio: 

Ambalal M. Patel was a civil contractor by profession. In June 1958, spontaneous Self-Realization occurred within Ambalal M. Patel. From this point on, Ambalal became a Gnani Purush, and the Lord that manifest within him became known as Dada Bhagwan. A Gnani Purush is One who has realized the Self and is able help others do the same. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to go from town to town and country-to-country to give satsang (spiritual discourse) and impart the knowledge of the Self, as well as knowledge of harmonious worldly interactions to everyone who came to meet him. This spiritual science, known as Akram Vignan, is the step-less path to Self-realization.