Christ and Krishna: Haiku

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Painting: “The Birth of Jesus” by Corbert Gauthier

Birth of an era
in the dark night, snags around
He came and conquered.

He came and conquered
the world with love and mercy
A mother birthed God.

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Painting: “Birth of Krishna” by Raja Ravi Varma

Christ and Krishna, both were born at different places and in different time zones but in similar difficult situations. Lord Krishna was born in a jail with his life in danger. His father rescued him from there in a winnowing fan basket while, Lord Jesus was born in a barn and laid in a manger. Both the babies were blessed by the Supreme power in the form of natural bliss. Despite being the incarnations and messengers of God, both of them were mothered by mortal women. This proves the power of motherhood, which can give birth to primordial cosmic energy in a mortal body. My today’s haiku celebrates this ultimate power.

Sangeeta Mishra

Written for Haiku Horizon’s week #137 prompt  ‘[highlight]BIRTH[/highlight]’!

Haiku is a Japanese poem traditionally comprising of seventeen syllables, in three lines of ‘five’, ‘seven’, and ‘five’, which evokes natural images.

  • Very apt for the prompt Sangeeta….!

  • beautifully portrayed contrast and similarities between Jesus and Krishna in these Haiku

  • Amit Misra

    You might be interested to know that in a recent issue of Marathi
    magazine Lokprabha, an article had appeared on the same theme, where the
    writer had very diligently and thoroughly examined the similarity between these two individuals.

    Both of them were born at midnight in the second half of the month.
    The names are similar Krishn/Christ (कृष्ण/ कृष्त). Some contend the
    word transformation to follow as Yashoda>Jasoda>Jesus. Earlier
    English calendars had 10 months, starting from March. That means
    December (birth of Jesus) was 10th month. Hindi calendar earlier started
    from Diwali (Vikrami Samvat), which means from Kartik to Shravan (birth
    of Krishna) as 10th month. Krishna Janmasthami occurs on 8th after
    first half of the month that means 15+8=23. Jesus was born on 25th.
    Childhood of both was spent among cattle and farmland. Jesus was killed
    by nails hammered into his body. Krishna was killed when a hunter’s
    arrow pierced his body.

    Further details see :

    • I’m indeed gratified being read by such a learned person like you Mr. Amit. The knowledge you have gathered and shared here is really worth appreciation. TSS is privileged to be connected with you.
      Tried to read the loksatta article, but sadly couldn’t understand much for it’s being written in Marathi.
      Thank you so much for stopping by. Means a lot. 🙂

      • Amit Misra

        Never mind. I had already noted most of the points mentioned in that article. Rest of it contained mostly astronomical calculations. Some other points were added by readers in the letter to the editor. May be some day I would present a detailed review on my site

        • Thank you once again for sharing your substantial knowledge. It would be my privilege to your valuable post. I’ll wait for the same. Thanks.

  • Wonderfully done, Sangeeta ji…!!

  • Beautiful composition, Sangeeta Ji. Shakti is indeed the ultimate power. Wo kehte hain na ki Shakti ke bina शिव bhi शव hi hain. Happy Navratra 🙂

    • It’s really a delight seeing you on TSS after so long Ravish! And it’s even more than delightful being read and appreciated by you. Well said about Shakti and Shiv.
      Thank you so much. 🙂

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar

    Awesome one.

  • I liked the idea expressed here- Even God needed a mother to come into being.

    • Thank you so much Saketji ! You are the one who got the core of the poem.”Even God needed a mother to come into being” — I wanted to say that only.

  • sunita

    Lovely Haiku that is so apt for the current times bereft of many interesting notes of comparison on the life and times of both Gods on the web and was fascinated by many similarities.

    • Thank you so much Sunita! Glad that you liked the post. 🙂

  • Rakesh Pandey

    A very different angle! Never considered the similarities of their birth! An apt post on motherhood in Navaratri! Beautiful!

    • Thank you so much Rakeshji! Glad that you read the post and liked it. 🙂

  • Wonderful comparison, never thought of it!