The author attempts to depict the psychology of Krishna at various important points and its subsequent transitions, giving the readers an insight into what he did and why.
Having grown up listening to stories about Krishna, Trivedi was fascinated by him from a very young age. “But as I grew up, I found the various miracles ascribed to him, and he having married 16,108 times, highly surprising. According to Jain scriptures, Krishna is relegated to hell, while many others hail him as the only complete man in human history. Some say he is an eve-teaser, while to many others, he is the symbol of love. I found these contradictions or rather extreme beliefs quite fascinating as well as intriguing. So, I began to read the old scriptures which had references to Krishna, and in the scriptures, I found no mention of any miracles, and only found mention of eight marriages. The scriptures depict him as a great warrior and ‘Karamveer’ — a ‘man of great deeds’ or an action-oriented person. As I continued to read more about his life in the scriptures, the power of his mind, and its functioning, which was of the highest levels, astounded me as a psychologist. I found that his life was riddled with struggles, and the manner in which he tackled his adversaries and difficult situations, inspired me to write this book,” recalls Trivedi.
I am Krishna traces the story of how Krishna, who was born in a dungeon, went on to become the great, ever-victorious lord. The book comprises his entire life, in one chronological narrative. “I’ve written this after researching all available scriptures; and wherever necessary, I have mentioned his approximate age at that particular period in time. I have described Krishna’s psychology in detail at every stage of his life from which the reader can gauge the ‘when, what and why’ for everything he did,” muses Trivedi whose book, published by Aatman Innovation, has been receiving praise from all quarters. Trivedi has drawn from texts like Mahabharata, Shatapatha Brahmana, Aitareya Aaranyak, Nirukta, Ashtadhyayi, Garga Samhita, Jataka Katha, Artha shastra, Indika, Harivamsa Purana, Vishnu Puran, Mahabhashya, Padma Purana, Markandey Purana and Kur ma Purana.
Talking about why he thinks Krishna is the most relatable of the gods, he says, “Because, Krishna lived his life like us, like an ordinary man, but rose to become the greatest achiever in history. He too had come across similar situations that we encounter on a daily basis. Krishna is the first and only person who believed in living life in its entirety. His life was both fanciful as well as artistic. He was a family man as well as a visionary entrepreneur. Like us, he too had difficulties cropping up in his life. So, what he did, and how he overcame his difficulties is what everyone needs to learn. And in this book, the utilisation of psychodynamics in the narration is such, that as soon as you understand Krishna’s psychology, your mind too will begin to progress and scale to the heights reached by Krishna.”