So, what is the Lord teaching us? If He chose His birth and He chose the course of His life on Earth, why did He choose a life full of obstacles, turmoil, trials and tribulations? Why, if He could have lived His entire life as a king, why did He spend so many years living in the jungle?
He did this to show us that the real palace is the palace of our heart – when the heart is full of God, then we live constantly in the most beautiful Golden Palace, regardless of where our bodies may be. He chose this life to teach us that regardless of what insults are hurled at us, or what obstacles we face, we must remain immersed in Divine Connection and we will not become depressed or frustrated. His life teaches us that we cannot change what happens – it happens for various reasons – but we CAN change our reaction to it. The message of His life is “adapt and adjust.” Move forward. We cannot stop the wind from blowing, but we can change the direction of our sails, so that instead of capsizing our boat, we use the wind to take us to our destination.Even in Lord Krishna’s death – shot to death by an arrow from a hunter’s bow, deep in the secluded forest – He was full of divine light and compassion, forgiving the guilt-ridden hunter. Never did He bemoan the ending of His life, nor did He cry out for help from His thousands of subjects and devotees… No. He died alone in the jungle, miles and miles from the glorious kingdom of Dwarka.