Sri Krishna Janmastami or Jayanthi is a festival celebrated by the Hindus across the world on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapad as per the Hindu calendar. In 2016, it falls on Aug. 25 in the English calendar.

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Krishna, who represents beauty, knowledge, strength and opulence, is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Hindus celebrate his birth by fasting and praying on Ashtami.

Devotees express their love for the Lord in various ways, mainly by chanting stotras of the lord, understanding his messages, singing bhajans, performing japa (meditation) and fasting on Ashtami till midnight, which is believed to be the time Krishna appeared on the earth.

On this special day, we bring to you his quotes from the Bhagavad Gita and his life. 

Change is the law of the universe. What you think of as a death, is indeed life. In one instance you can be a millionaire, and in the other, you can be steeped in poverty. Yours and mine, big and small - erase these ideas from your mind. Then everything is yours and you belong to everyone.

We have the power to be our own friend, or the folly to become our own enemy.

Action is the product of qualities inherent in nature.

Whatever happened, happened for the good; whatever is happening, is happening for the good; whatever will happen, will also happen for good only. You need not have any regrets for the past. You need not worry for the future. The present is happening. Live in the present.

If you fail to achieve your goal, change the strategy, not the goal.

Happiness is a state of mind, that has nothing to do with the external world.

Among all kinds of killers, time is the ultimate because time kills everything.

As a human being puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.

The key to happiness is the reduction of desires.

Do everything you have to do, but not with greed, not with ego, not with lust, not with envy but with love, compassion, humility and devotion.

The soul can never be cut to pieces, by an weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind.

I am the beginning, middle and the end of creation.

There are three gates to self destructive hell - lust, anger and greed.

Intelligence refers to the power to analyze things in their proper perspective, and knowledge refers to understanding what is spirit and what is matter.