Harry and Krishna – Parallel Lives
Lord Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudeva in the jail cell of the tyrant Kamsa, who was his maternal uncle. The place of his birth is known as Sri Krishna Janmasthana. He appeared with his brother Balarama in response to the prayers of the devas in the wake of the widespread demonic harassment on earth.
Previously, the devas and demons had been at war in the heavens. When the demons were defeated by the devas, they decided to attack earth instead. Thus, they invaded the earth by discretely taking birth as princes in powerful royal families of the time.
And as the earth became overrun by militaristic activities of these kingly demons, the devas including the Earth goddess earnestly sought Lord Vishnu’s protection. Seeing the deteriorating social and political conditions and hearing the prayers of the devas, Lord Vishnu decided to take birth in the form of Lord Krishna, for the benefit of all.
Before the birth of Lord Krishna, there was a prophecy in which the uncle of Lord Krishna, Kamsa heard that Lord Krishna will be the death of him. He immediately imprisoned his sister and brother-in-law. His plan was to kill Lord Krishna as soon as he was born. But with divine help, Lord Krishna was placed in the care of Yashoda and Nandalal of Vrindavan. Krishna’s father Vasudeva took Lord Krishna in a basket and delivered him to his foster parents.
During this childhood time, he grew up as the son of his foster parents Nanda and Yashoda in the midst of the idyllic beauty of Gokula, Vrindavan, and Nandagram. Not only did he destroy numerous demons, but also performed his famous rasa dance.
When Krishna and Balarama were older, they were invited to Mathura, where Kamsa, their demonic uncle, was planning their death in a wrestling match against two large and powerful wrestlers. When Kamsa saw his wrestlers defeated, he ordered his friends to drive the brothers out of Mathura, plunder the riches of their cowherd friends, and kill their fathers, Nanda and Vasudeva. However, Krishna immediately killed Kamsa and Balarama killed his eight brothers. Lord Krishna then established the pious King Ugrasena as the emperor of several kingdoms.
There are many similarities between the stories of Harry and Krishna:
1. There was a prophecy that Harry would kill Lord Voldemort. There was a prophecy that Krishna would kill Kamsa.
2. Hearing that prophecy, Lord Voldemort proceeded to kill Harry and his parents. Kamsa, on hearing the prophecy about his own doom imprisoned Krishna’s parents, hoping that he would kill Krishna at his very birth.
3. Lord Voldemort though succeeding in killing Harry’s parents was not able to kill Harry. Kamsa though kept Krishna’s parents in captivity and killed every other child of Devaki, was not able to kill Krishna.
4. Harry was saved by the love of his parents. Krishna was also saved by the help of his father Vasudeva.
5. Harry was taken to his relatives by Hagrid, wrapped in a bundle of clothes, during the night. Krishna was also carried to Vrindavan, wrapped in a basket, by his father Vasudeva, also during night.
6. Harry had to live with his uncles and aunt and not his real parents, because they were killed by Lord Voldemort. Krishna had to live apart from his parents because Kamsa was keeping them in prison.
7. Most importantly, Harry has a blood connection with Voldemort, due to which they both have many similar qualities. They both speak Parseltongue, both can read each other’s mind. Krishna also had blood relation with Kamsa. Kamsa was his real uncle.
8. Harry killed Voldemort, when he reached teenage, as prophesied. He did this with the help of his friends. Krishna also killed Kamsa in his teenage, with the help of his brother and friends.
Apart from the philosophical similarities of the universe of Harry Potter and the worldview of Sanatana Dharma, the factual similarity in Harry’s and Krishna’s stories is striking.
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 Bryant, Edwin F. Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God. (Srimad Bhagavata Purana Book X). London: Penguin Classics. 2004.