Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the speaker of the Bhagavad-gita, which is recognized throughout the world as one of mankind’s greatest books of wisdom and poetry. The personification of Krishna in stories, paintings and Deities is not an idea invented by human beings naively creating a God in their own image. Nor is personhood a limiting concept when applied to God, or the Absolute Truth. As the source of everything, Krishna naturally has His own personal identity, just as each of us does. The Vedas define God as the one supreme conscious being among all other conscious beings. He is infinite, we are finite, and He maintains us all.

“I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all. But whoever renders service unto Me in devotion is a friend, is in Me, and I am also a friend to him.” —Sri Krishna, Bhagavad-gita 9.29

Krishna is loving by nature, and regardless of where we stand in life, non-believers or devout followers, we love Krishna too. The Vedic scriptures say it’s so because God finds himself in all of us, and how can we not love ourselves? And in exchange of complete love, Krishna considers His devotees greater than Himself.

The stories of Krishnas’ life range from before he was born through a series of adventures as he matured into adulthood, his encounters with demons and how he helped his family, demigods, friends and strangers. His life as told in stories shows how human some of his behavior was; his mischievous activities as an infant and flirting with the Gopis (cowherd girls) as a youth. And yet some of his actions make it unmistakable to accept Him as nothing other than Supreme Godhead; his battles with demons and the courage he gave to those around him when they faced the greatest of adversity, for example reciting the Bhagavad-Gita to Arjun on the battle field.

Krishna resides in the hearts of all beings. He is the joy in their lives, just like he is the Spring time.