Why Is Krishna Blue?

Blue is one aspect of the legend of Krishna that has remain unchanged through time and geography. We look at what this “blue magic” is all about, and why even Krishna’s sworn enemies were irresistibly drawn to it.
 
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Blue is one aspect of the legend of Krishna that has remain unchanged in time and geography. Why is Krishna blue? Sadhguru looks at what the “blue magic” is all about, and how it worked even on Krishna’s sworn enemies who were bent on his death and destruction.

Sadhguru: Blue is the color of all-inclusiveness. You will see in the existence, anything that is vast and beyond your perception generally tends to be blue, whether it is the ocean or the sky. Anything which is larger than your perception tends to be blue because blue is the basis of all-inclusiveness. It is based on this that so many gods in India are shown as blue-skinned. Shiva has a blue skin, Krishna has a blue skin, Rama has a blue skin. It is not that their skin was blue. They were referred to as blue gods because they had a blue aura.

What is aura?

An aura is a certain field of energy that is around every substance. It is a scientific fact that the whole existence is energy. One part of the energy has manifested itself into a physical form. Another part of the energy does not manifest itself into a physical form, but it still has a form. That form which is not yet physical, or refuses to become physical but still maintains a form, is called aura.

Krishna being blue-bodied need not necessarily mean his skin color was blue. Maybe he was dark-skinned, but people who were aware saw the blueness of his energy, so they described him as blue. There are many disputes about who Krishna is and what he is but his all-inclusiveness is one thing that no one can deny. So the theme of blue remained common, and in every corner of the country, Krishna is seen as blue.

Irresistible blue

Because his energy or the outermost ring of his aura was blue, he was simply irresistibly attractive – not because of the shape of the nose or the eyes or whatever. There are any number of people with good noses, good eyes, and good bodies but they do not exude the same level of attraction. It is the blueness of one’s aura which suddenly makes a person irresistibly attractive.

This blueness, this sense of all-inclusiveness in him was such that even people who were sworn enemies of his sat with him and unwittingly gave in to him. He was able to effortlessly turn around even people who abused and plotted to kill him any number of times. There are various other aspects to him but this blue nature constantly assisted him in everything that he did. He was so irresistible that even Poothana, the assassin who came to kill him when he was just a baby, fell in love with him. She was with him for just a few minutes but she became completely entangled in his blue magic.

Electrifying blue

There is another aspect to this. In terms of one’s evolution, there are various hues that one’s aura can take. If we make the agna very important in our sadhana, then orange will be the dominant color. That is the color of renunciation, austerity, asceticism and kriya. If someone has a pure white aura, that means this is a pure being. Such a person’s presence will be fantastic, but he will not be so action-oriented. When someone attains to their highest but chooses to be active in the world, his aura will always be electric blue. Anyone who was dynamic was blue. It is this type of aura which allows you to function in the world in a way that other people think is superhuman.

So instead of putting blue paint around Krishna, people said he was blue-skinned because when those who were aware looked at him, he looked blue and that's all that’s important. When those who were unaware looked at him, they saw his skin, but that’s not important. The truth about his life is more important for us than the facts about his life because the facts will not make any difference in our lives, but the truth makes a difference in our life.

Editor's Note: Watch the Leela series, where Sadhguru explores the life and path of Krishna.

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2 years 11 months ago

Jaii GUruDEvV!!!

4 years 2 months ago

Rama and Krishna were Blue/Black so that they were different from the general crowd. There were different Gods in their appropriate roles as human beings or animals who were assisting the Avatars in achieving their objectives such as to reach and kill Ravana or Kamsa or helping the Pandavas to win the Mahabharata War for Dharma Sthapna. It could be for these various Gods who were assisting the Avatars that they should be able to recognize the Blue AURA of the Vishnu Bhagwan in human form. Moreover a normal human being would be attracted more to the White than the black because of his ego. God wanted to kill the ego in the people and hence whoever liked Krishna even though his color was Blue/ Black were liberated and attained Moksha and freed from the cycle of Death and re-birth.

2 years 5 months ago

There is another speculation not mentioned in this context.

Various teachings & traditions of self-enlightenment describe a blue race of humans. Examples are found in some Gnostic, Rosicrucian, Indigenous traditions. Other examples: HW Percival ("thinking & destiny"), Taos pueblo's Blue Lake is said to be inhabited by their Blue Lady, etc.

They are most often described as an old race, tall, thin, who are able to control energies/forces unknown to others.

4 years 6 months ago

i want to taste all the auras in different occasions and places accordingly as per the needs, but primary choice is always blue blue blue(electric blue too) :))

4 years 2 months ago

"You will see in the existence, anything that is vast and beyond your perception generally tends to be blue, whether it is the ocean or the sky." How amusing! The sky and the oceans are blue because of Rayleigh scattering, which has nothing to do with perception. And, no matter how vast and "beyond perception" outer space is, it is pitch black, not blue, once we get out of the atmosphere.

But, never mind. It only says "generally tends to be".

Ofcourse it does.

2 years 1 month ago

The sky is ever so blue
So is Lord Krishna too
In the vast expanse of love so true
Sadhguru You represent my Krishna too.........

Humble pranams to Sadghuru whose ways are no different from Krishna blue....

4 years 6 months ago

Adhi anatam janma nashanam triguna samharam shiva shiva shiva mahadevaya. Hey krishna, best vairagi ever

4 years 2 months ago

Sadguru pranam. Is it possible to change our aura with Sadana. Kindly enlighten us guruji. Thanks for the article.

1 year 6 months ago

Agree with you.

4 years 6 months ago

It is said among all colors, the blue flame is the hottest energy wise.

The color of stillness exuding peace
Of the vast expanse on a cloudless day
Blue the sky and blue the rolling seas
And blue my Lord who put Arjuna in Gita's sway.....

Humble Pranams to Sadhguru

4 years 2 months ago

we all can keep discussing and express our 1000s of views but there will be no conclusion about shree Krishna. Its endless without conclusion so keep discussing for self satisfaction because its difficult to know every thing about shree krishna. Its like a 5 blinds judging the elephant by touching its parts. Cheers.

4 years 6 months ago

this was a feel good article and answered some of my concerns. even in spirituality, we still have a choice to be active in the world. that was all i needed to know, as deep inside i always worried that i must lose my worldly concerns to focus on the self. my concern has always been for others, not for myself, and my heart used to break at seeing so many problems in the world, all man made, and i couldn't do much about them. i want to be able to do both, without losing any one of them. i feel better now.

3 years 10 months ago

I think neither you have read nor tried to understand the essence of the article before coming up with a theory, which seemed to be the concoction of various sources of information. Article refers to blueness as a depiction of all inclusiveness beyond the physical perception, which Krishna embodies. You have not provided any valid reference for points like "Concentrated Ether", Deadly Poison" and "Elixir to gods". all this seems to be your perception. As article suggest, there's no reason to believe Krishna's body was blue as such, that seems to be his aura as seen by those who are aware.

4 years 5 months ago

do not seems to be a correct explanation. Krishna is blue because Krishna does not have body, the body of Krishna is concentrated Ether......concentrated ether is deadly poisonous to human beings while elixir to Gods......Gods do need food, air, water, or Fire, they are charged by Ether or Eashwar..... The colour of ether as the Akaasha tatwa tells us is blue..........and therefore its concentration is Krishnavarna........all gods have to be blue unless they Wills otherwise....and when they will they can manifest in any colour......

3 years 10 months ago

Krishna's blue color is symbolic. Blue is the color of infinity. Like the sky, which has no beginning and no end. And the sea, which ancients also believed was endless in it's depth. There are many stories in Hinduism, that refer to God as having no beginning and no end. E.G. The story of Vishnu and Brahma trying to find the head and feet of Shiva. It is ignorance to think that Krishna had blue skin. In short, it would be true to say that Krishna is as infinite as the blue heavens. Also remember that most of our deities sit or stand on a thousand petaled lotus flower. That too is symbolic. The lotus is the human mind and the Gods are but projections of that mind. Hinduism has thousands of allegorical and symbolic features using Yantra, Mantra and Tantra to guide the devotee. There are also Mudra and symbolic objects held in the hands of the deity as well as various colors to give clues of the bhava of each deity. Confusion sets in when we forget that all of these are representative of the essence of the deity, and start thinking that Krishna is actually blue skinned, or that Kali walks around with her tongue sticking out........

4 years 5 months ago

read Gods do not need food,

3 years 9 months ago

Very inightful, thanks for sharing with us Sadhguru

4 years 2 months ago

awesome representation of blue, thanks for this drop from the ocean of knowledge

3 years 4 months ago

Very well depicted, Sadguru!!
Thanks for sharing !!

4 years 2 months ago

Putting Krishna in blue was indian way of showing that he not black which is the wrong thought that kaliyug brought... krishna or krushna basically means black and indeed krishna was pitch dark black... vithoba that maharashtrians value is krishna and he is total pitch black... basically krishna is generalization of black hole and not a person per se... just as black hole is able to absorb any wave of any length or any particle big or small, krishna was able to absorb all the girls into him and other people... the vishwaroop that krishna shows is the embodiment of this very thing when he declares "now i am death the destroyer of world"... only black hole can say this... so for me krishna is perfect black body devouring the world...

3 years 4 months ago

Citations, please!

4 years 2 months ago

Irresistible Blue, Electrifying Blue- blue as Sky and blue as Oceans vast and vacant. Krishnaa, Krishnaa....

2 years 11 months ago

Sadguru rocks. I have been following him for some time now.

He is so logical and practical and most of all spiritual. To others who disagree with Sadguru's explanation or have their own understanding of Krushna or Krishna or whatever you guys call him, that's the beauty of Krishna and the other Avatars... they are all things s to all people. And most of all you can visualise them.!

I wish my religion and its sister (Abrahamic) religions allowed that thought too.

4 years 2 months ago

yes kaliyugam.. evil ruling this world now.