Every true seeker of spiritual knowledge understands and admits that there is only one God, and, every scriptures and religion speaks about Him.
Like Srila Prabhupada had repeatedly said,
God is neither Indian nor American nor otherwise, neither Christian nor Hindu nor Muslim. God is God.
Still, there are few people, who either with limited or perverted knowledge or due to their selfish agendas tend to create differences. These classes of people tend to mislead the innocent people resulting in hate based on religious grounds. Many young people are choosing to become atheists because they feel religiosity causes violence and social division.
If we seek the shelter of an authentic guru from an authentic Sampradaya, we get to understand the truth without any distortion. Thus we get to understand every religion talks about the same God and there are no contradictions.
The purpose of this article is an attempt to draw parallels between two powerful scriptures of the world, Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Holy Bible. Some of the very important Statements of Sri Krishna (in Srimad Bhagavad Gita), listed below, are also been repeated by His dear Son - Lord Jesus (in Holy Bible), thus proving Jesus was referring to Krishna in Bible.
There can be many more similarities but focusing on the prime messages to keep the length of article short.
1. Krishna / God is in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul.
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:“I am the Supersoul, O Arjuna, seated in the hearts of all living entities.” (Lord Krishna,Bhagavad-Gita 10.20) “I am in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.21) “I, dwelling in their hearts.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.11) “The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone’s heart.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.61)
Holy Bible:“One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Ephesians 4:6) “And they tempted God in their heart.” (Psalm 78.18)
2. Krishna / God – the Source of Knowledge
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:“I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.15)
Holy Bible:“The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14.10)
3. Krishna / God – Our Father
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:“It should be understood that all species of life, O son of Kunte, are made possible by birth in this material nature, and that I am the seed-giving father.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 14.4) “I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire. I am the object of knowledge, the purifier and the syllable om. I am also the Rg, the Sama and the Yajur Vedas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.17) “I am the son of God” (Jesus)
4. Krishna / God has form and not formless.
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:“Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.11)
Holy Bible:“God said ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.’ ” (Genesis 1:26)
5. Krishna / God can only be known through a Spiritual Master
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 4.34)
Holy Bible:“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)
6. We should love Krishna / God with unfailing devotion
Uddhava-Gita:“I am the Supreme Lord of all creation and I create and destroy this universe, being it’s ultimate cause. I am the Absolute Truth and one who worships Me with unfailing devotional service comes to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Uddhava Gita 12.45)
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:“O son of Kunti, all that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities that you may perform, should be done as an offering unto Me. In this way you will be freed from all reactions to good and evil deeds, and by this principle of renunciation you will be liberated and come to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 9.27 - 28) “Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, offer obeisances and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 9.34)
Holy Bible:“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deu 6:5)
7. Who inherits the kingdom of Krishna / God and who doesn't?
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:“Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance-these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature, O son of Prtha.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 16.4) “Bewildered by false ego, strength, pride, lust and anger, the demons become envious of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is situated in their own bodies and in the bodies of others, and blaspheme against the real religion.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 16.18) “One who is not envious but is a kind friend to all living entities, who does not think himself a proprietor and is free from false ego, who is equal in both happiness and distress, who is tolerant, always satisfied, self-controlled, and engaged in devotional service with determination, his mind and intelligence fixed on Me-such a devotee of Mine is very dear to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 12-13-14)
Holy Bible:“Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:21) “Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor covetous,nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit kingdom of God.”(Corinthians 6:10)
8. Supreme Abode of Krishna / God needs no Sun and Moon.
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:“That supreme abode of Mine is not illumined by the sun or moon, nor by ﬁre or electricity. Those who reach it never return to this material world.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.6)
Holy Bible:“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light; and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5)
9. Krishna /God is the beginning and the end.
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:“Of all creations I am the beginning and the end and also the middle.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.32) “Of letters I am the letter A, and among compound words I am the dual compound.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.33)
Holy Bible:“I am alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Revelation 22:13)
Thus it is a proof for the entire humanity that every religion speaks about one Supreme Personality of Godhead. He has many names according to His qualities. We may call Him God, we may call Him Allah (The Greatest One) or we may call Him Krishna (The All Attractive One). The below quote summarizes the entire article with a graphic example.
A dog will recognize his master in whatever way he dresses. The master may dress in robes, suit and tie, or stand naked, but the dog will always recognize his master. If we cannot recognize God, our beloved master, when he comes in a different dress from another religion, then we are less than that dog.- HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.
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