One of the most popular and revered deities of Hinduism is Krishna who incarnated in order to guide the people of the world toward a better way of living. His name derives from the Sanskrit krsna meaning "dark," "black'" or "dark blue." Because of that etymology he is easily recognized as Krishna is usually depicted with dark blue skin. Yogis are especially attracted to Krishna because he is the spiritual teacher in the Bhagavad Gita. There, Krishna outlines, for this devotee, Arjuna, three yogic paths for connecting with the divine and moving from the lower self to the Higher Self:
1. Karma yoga - the path of action, or works. Karma yoga requires a person to do what is right for selfless reasons without expectation of reward.
2. Jnana yoga - the path of knowledge. Jnana yoga is not focused merely upon book learning, but upon gaining wisdom in order to become one with the Universe and the Divine.
3. Bhakti yoga - the path of devotion. Bhakti yoga is also called as “Krishna Consciousness.” It is focused on awareness, attention and affection toward Krishna or God.
In the twentieth century, Krishna worship was brought to the West by Swami A. C. Bhaktivedanta who created ISKON (International Society of Krishna Consciousness). His movement attracted millions of followers including the Beatle, George Harrison.