Krishna and Jesus Christ

Chapter 27 – Krishna and Jesus Christ

Many people often wonder what is the view of Lord Jesus Christ in the Krishna consciousness movement.

Srila Prabhupada, the foremost exponent of the Krishna consciousness movement explains that Jesus is Krishna’s representative, son of God, and spiritual master.

Below are excerpts from Srila Prabhupada’s books, lectures, and conversations about Jesus Christ and his relationship with Krsna.

“If one loves Krishna, he must love Lord Jesus also. And if one perfectly loves Jesus he must love Krishna too. If he says, “Why shall I love Krishna? I shall love Jesus,” then he has no knowledge. And if one says, “Why shall I love Jesus? I shall love Krishna”, then he has no knowledge either. If one understands Krishna, then he will understand Jesus. If one understands Jesus, you’ll understand Krishna too” 
(Srila Prabhupada – Room conversation with Allen Ginsberg, May 12, 1969 / Columbus – Ohio)

“As Lord Jesus Christ said, we should hate the sin, not the sinner. That is a very nice statement, because the sinner is under illusion. He is mad. If we hate him, how can we deliver him? Therefore, those who are advanced devotees, who are really servants of God, do not hate anyone. When Lord Jesus Christ was being crucified, he said, “My God, forgive them. They know not what they do.” This is the proper attitude of an advanced devotee. He understands that the conditioned souls cannot be hated, because they have become mad due to their materialistic way of thinking. In this Krsna consciousness movement, there is no question of hating anyone. Everyone is welcomed to come and chant Hare Krsna, take krsna-prasada, (spiritualised food) listen to the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita, and try to rectify material, conditioned life. This is the essential program of Krsna consciousness. 
(Path of Perfection Chapter 3: Learning How to See God)

Christian, Muhammadan, Hindu-it doesn’t matter. If he is simply speaking on behalf of God, he is a guru. Lord Jesus Christ, for instance. He canvassed people, saying, “Just try to love God.” Anyone-it doesn’t matter who, be he Hindu, Muslim, or Christian, is a guru if he convinces people to love God. That is the test. The guru never says, “I am God,” or “I will make you God.” The real guru says, “I am a servant of God, and I will make you a servant of God also.” It doesn’t matter how the guru is dressed. As Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, “Whoever can impart knowledge about Krsna is a spiritual master.” A genuine spiritual master simply tries to get people to become devotees of Krsna, or God. He has no other business.
(Science of Self Realization Chapter 2: Choosing a Spiritual Master)

So Lord Jesus Christ said, “My Lord, hallowed be Thy name.” He wants to glorify the name of the Lord. And some people says that there is no name of God. How? If Lord Jesus Christ says “Hallowed by Thy name,” there must be name. The name is there, but he did not pronounce it because the people at that time was not be able to understand or maybe some reason, but he says there is name. So we are making this propaganda, Krsna consciousness movement, the “Hallowed by Thy name. My Lord Krsna, the Personality of Godhead, let Your holy name be glorified.” This is our movement. It is not sectarian…(Lecture: Bhagavad Gita 3.27 Melbourne June 27, 1974)

Sometimes Sri Krsna descends Himself, and sometimes He sends His representative. The major religions of the world-Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim-believe in some supreme authority or personality coming down from the kingdom of God. In the Christian religion, Jesus Christ claimed to be the son of God and to be coming from the kingdom of God to reclaim conditioned souls. As followers of Bhagavad-gita, we admit this claim to be true. So basically there is no difference of opinion. In details there may be differences due to differences in culture, climate and people, but the basic principle remains the same-that is, God or His representatives come to reclaim conditioned souls.
(Raja Vidya Chapter 6 :Knowledge of Krsna’s Appearance and Activities)

Just like Lord Jesus Christ. He was so badly treated and still he was thinking, “Father, they do not know what they are doing. Please excuse.” This is suhrdah. He is praying to God This is sadhu, mahatma. Suhrdah prasanta. Not that… In India there are examples like Haridasa Thakura, Prahlada Maharaja. And the Western countries also, Lord Jesus Christ, he is saktyavesa-avatara, God’s son. And he tolerated so much. These are the examples of mahatma (great souls). Don’t misunderstand that we are preaching that mahatmas are only in India. No. By the order of the Supreme Personality of Godhead there are mahatmas even amongst the birds, even amongst the beasts, even amongst the lower than animals. Because this Krsna consciousness movement is going on in different places, in different circumstances. (Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.3 –vrndavana Oct 25, 1976)

Conversation with Father Emmanuel  In 1974, near ISKCON’s center in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, Srila Prabhupada and several of his disciples took a morning walk with father Emmanuel Jungclaussen, a Benedictine monk from Niederalteich Monastery. Noticing that Srila Prabhupada was carrying meditation beads similar to the rosary, Father Emmanuel explained that he also chanted a constant prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, be merciful unto us.” The following conversation ensued.

Conversation with Cardinal Danielou  “Thou Shalt Not Kill” or “Thou Shalt Not Murder”?
At a monastic retreat near Paris, in July of 1973, Srila Prabhupada talked with Cardinal Jean Danielou: “… the Bible does not simply say, `Do not kill the human being.’ It says broadly, `Thou shalt not kill.’… why do you interpret this to suit your own convenience?”

From the book ‘Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers’ – Discussions between Peace Corps Worker Bob Cohen and His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Jesus Christ Was a Guru – The spiritual leader of the Hare Krsna movement here recognizes Lord Jesus Christ as “the son of God, the representative of God… our guru… our spiritual master,” yet he has some sharp words for those who currently claim to be Christ’s followers…

A devotee of Krsna is friendly to everyone. Therefore it is said here that he has no enemy (nirvairah). How is this? A devotee situated in Krsna consciousness knows that only devotional service to Krsna can relieve a person from all the problems of life. He has personal experience of this, and therefore he wants to introduce this system, Krsna consciousness, into human society. There are many examples in history of devotees of the Lord who risked their lives for the spreading of God consciousness. The favorite example is Lord Jesus Christ. He was crucified by the nondevotees, but he sacrificed his life for spreading God consciousness. Of course, it would be superficial to understand that he was killed. Similarly, in India also there are many examples, such as Thakura Haridasa and Prahlada Maharaja. Why such risk? Because they wanted to spread Krsna consciousness, and it is difficult. A Krsna conscious person knows that if a man is suffering it is due to his forgetfulness of his eternal relationship with Krsna. Therefore, the highest benefit one can render to human society is relieving one’s neighbor from all material problems. In such a way, a pure devotee is engaged in the service of the Lord. Now, we can imagine how merciful Krsna is to those engaged in His service, risking everything for Him. Therefore it is certain that such persons must reach the supreme planet after leaving the body.
(Chapter 11 Bhagavad gita text 55 purport)

The five stages of spiritual development

It was Christ Jesus who first said “Love God with all thy heart, with all thy mind, with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and love man as thy brother.”

This is an absolute truth indeed; but different men put different interpretations to this noble expression. The expressions of all great men are nice but somewhat mysterious—when understood they bring the truth nearest to the heart; otherwise they remain mere letters that “kill”.

The reason of the mystery is that men, advanced in their inward approach to the Deity, are in the habit of receiving revelations which are but mysteries to those that are behind them.

The stages of progress are very much the same as the circles of spiritualism which, though not true themselves, explain a great deal about the gradual development of the soul. We have understood some spiritualists to maintain that matter when sublimated converts itself to spirit.

This theory is indeed against any inward conviction. Matter is matter, and Spirit is spirit; one of them cannot form the other. Spirit is certainly of a superior existence; though we cannot fully understand in our present state of material imprisonment, what relation Spirit does exactly bear to matter, space and time. Metaphysics apart, we decide that the human soul rises higher and higher and can understand things of which we have no idea at present.

Subject to this important rule, Christ Jesus of Nazareth received and uttered the words quoted above. To readers who are a little above the scale of ordinary men, these expressions of Jesus teach that man should love God with all his heart (meaning the affections of the heart perceivable in all children as opposed to hate), with all his mind (meaning the intellect which knows as opposed to ignorance of good things), with all his soul (meaning that principle of the human constitution which worships the Almighty and feels its own immortality) and with all his strength (meaning all active work).

To the inspired, however, more things and better and sublimer meanings appear beneath these holy words of the Inspired Jesus. He teaches man to love God and not to know, infer, hate, or think of God. He tells us that man in his absolute state is not the intellect or the body but is the pure Soul itself. The essence of the soul is wisdom, and its action is love absolute. The absolute condition of man is his absolute relation to the Deity in pure love. Love then alone is the religion of the Soul and consequently of the whole man.

The purpil asks here, “What have I to do with the heart?—my heart loves to see the ’sun to smile’, ‘to eat the sweetest dish and to see a dance’.” Jesus profoundly replies, “Yes, you must love God with all thy heart. Your heart now runs to other things than God, but must (as you train a bad horse) make your feelings run to the loving God.” This is one of the four princples of worship or what they call in Vaishnava Literature, Shanta Rasa.

Then the pupil says, “My Lord, the intellect takes me elsewhere from God, i.e., it wants to take me to Positivism; please instruct me what am I to do?” “Yes”, replies Jesus, “you must love God with all your mind, i.e. when you perceive, conceive, remember, imagine, and reason, you must not allow yourself to be a dry thinker but must love. Love alone can soften the dryness of the intellect. You must develop the intellect on all good and holy things by means of love of truth, spiritual beauty and harmony.” This is the second phase of Vaishnava development which passes by the name of Dashya Rasa.

The pupil then enquires whether the development of the affections and the intellect is quite enough for him. Then says the Lord, “You must love God with thy soul also, i.e., you must perceive yourself in spiritual communication with the Deity and receive holy revelations in your sublimest hours of worship.” This is called the Sakhya Rasa of the Vaishnavas, the Soul approaching the Deity in holy and fearless service. The disciple apprehends that he will be lost in such a position and will be unable to act. Then the Saviour tells him these words: “You must love God with all thy strength or will—you are wrong in concluding that you will lose your active existence. You will get it the more. Work for God and work to God, proceeding from no interested views but from a holy free will (which is alone the strength of man) and identifying itself with pure love, will fully engross your attention.”

This description is of Bhakti in general. Then Jesus proceeds to tell us “You must love man as thy brother.” From this is inferred the fourth phase of love, which is a feeling that all men are brothers and God is their common Father. This is Vatsalya Rasa in its first stage of development.

Bhakti (love) is thus perceived in the very first development of the man in the shape of heart, then in the shape of mind, then in the shape of soul, and lastly in the shape of will. These shapes do not destroy each other but beautifully harmonize themselves into a pure construction of what we call the spiritual man, or the Ekanta of Vaishnava Literature.

But there is another sublimer truth behind this fact which is revealed to a few that are prepared for it. We mean the spiritual conversion of the Soul into a woman. It is in that sublime and lofty state in which the soul can taste the sweets of an indissoluble marriage with God of Love. The fifth or the highest stage of Vaishnava development is this, which we call Madhura Rasa, and on this alone the most beautiful portion of the Vaishnava Literature so ably expatiates. This phase of human life, mysterious as it is, is not attainable by all; nay, we should say, by any but “God’s own”. It is so very beyond the reach of common men that the rationalists and even the ordinary theists cannot understand it; nay, they go so far as to sneer at it as something unnatural.

Oh God! Reveal Thy most valuable truths to all, so that Your own may not be numbered with the fanatics and the crazed and that the whole of mankind may be admitted as “Your own”.

Recommended reading: The Bhagavad-Gita As It Is translated by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja. This is the preliminary literature for understanding Who God is, in truth, spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, five thousand years ago.

http://www.messagetoeagle.com/controversial-life-of-st-issa-scroll-reveals-jesus-spent-several-years-in-india-and-tibet/

Lord Jesus Christ lived for two years in the temple at Jagannatha Puri. He was thick and thin with the priests in that temple, and he took his spiritual training from Lord Jagannatha. It is because Lord Jesus loved Lord Jagannatha……and because Lord Jagannatha loved Lord Jesus…….that He, Lord Jagannatha, has come to your country”. (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami. Identical statement made during two separate Ratha Yatra lectures, 1972).
In those Ratha Yatra lectures, Srila Prabhupad built up to the above statement by first explaining the word “avatara” and then labeling Lord Jesus as an avatar. His explanation closely followed the explanation found in His “Raja Vidya”, Ch. 6:

“Of course, the message that Christ preached was just according to his particular time, place, and country, and just suited for a particular group of people. But certainly he is the representative of God. Therefore we adore Lord Jesus Christ and offer our obeisances to him”. (Science of Self Realization).”

 

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  1. While Hinduism and Christianity share certain values — compassion, love, enlightenment — Jesus definitely represented YHWH and not Krishna. Jesus held to the Old Testament scripture which places great importance upon YHWH alone being worshiped. He also said “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father except by me.” Jesus did not teach that all religions are true, but that relationship with God is only through Jesus. All religions have some truth, but Jesus is the way to union with God and enlightenment.

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    • First of all, there is no such word in Sanskrit (the ancient language of the gods) of the Vedas (ancient texts of knowledge about the entire creation and actualities of things) called Hinduism. It was a term coined by India’s conquerors. These vedic texts are more than 5000 years old, yet timeless in their message.

      I grew up in a Christian home and had to pass Bible as a subject before I could graduate high school, therefore, what you’ve presented, I’ve heard it all before. I used to be of the same impression, until I was guided to the Vedic shastras, from which I gained deeper insights into Who God actually is and not the inconclusive, insubstantial, diluted teachings of the Bible, which have been composed by 40 different authors (most of whom, didn’t even meet Jesus or living a saintly life) 66 books of variegated and contradictory conclusions, piled together over 2000 years, that Jesus’s original words have been lost in translation over the years or deliberately removed. How can it be the infallible word of God, the truth and nothing but the truth?

      From the Christian point of view, Jesus is the only way, because that’s what they have been indoctrinated to believe. But it is in fact, not the reality or actuality of things. It is a kind of arrogance to think that everyone else is damned, except the Christians or those who follow Jesus. It is not real spiritual advancement.

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  2. I didn’t know that about the name, what was the movement called prior to that? As far as the Bible goes, yes it was written by many different people who were imperfect, some who met Jesus and others who didn’t. Despite that fact, it is not contradictory in its message — there are tension, paradoxes, and mysteries but it’s all revolves around revealing God and his plan of restoration and reconciliation through Jesus. As for the words of Jesus, there are many manuscripts that make up a consistent description of his life and teachings. Perhaps it seems arrogant to say that Jesus is the way to God, but I don’t say that as someone who discovered that by any genius or moral superiority, but as a blind beggar groping in the dark in search for God, and when God saw this blind beggar, he guided him gently and one day turned on the light. For one to have a relationship with a person, he or she must know who that person is, such is it with God. That is why God cannot be Krishna, Allah, Jehovah, Shiva, and Thor at the same time. I don’t pretend to know all there is to know about a Being who is infinite, only what He has revealed to me.

    The idea of damnation is also a hard idea to understand, which I misunderstood for years. I recently wrote an article on it that might be enlightening.

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    • I understand your premise and you admitted that you don’t know everything. Well, that’s a start and from there, we can progress. I will not enter into a debate, argument, discussion, battle of the wits etc etc to begin to enlighten you about Krishna, because it takes a special kind of spiritual sukriti (sufficient past spiritual pious activities) to understand even a tiny drop about Him.

      The fact that you are mentioning His name with respect, is to your good fortune, because you are receiving (without knowing) that very sukriti which will gradually enable you to come to more understanding about Him in later time; maybe not this life time, but some future time. For now, carry on with your worship as ‘a man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.’

      I am however not here to convince you, because as Vaisnavas or Vaisnavis, we don’t engage in such things as sensationalism, indoctrination, coercion, gross or subtle manipulation, etc of anyone. We present what we know and have realised to be the truth and let people make up their own minds and hearts. If people are interested to know more, then we share deeper insights.

      To say ‘God cannot be Krishna, Allah, Jehovah… ‘ etc is a bit naive of you. There is only one Supreme, known by different names in different languages. You have to understand and realise things in totally, to draw proper conclusions. That is why I say, the Bible is not sufficient for real spiritual advancement or understanding God and His wonders. But I respect that you are where you are with what you have.

      We will have to end here and I wish you all blessings on your journey.

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    • Oh, one more thing… I’m not sure if I understand your question about ‘the movement.’ If you are referring to the term ‘Hinduism’ then, in erstwhile India, it was a way of life and nothing to do with any ism. The dharma (way of life) there was called Sanatan dharma (eternal truths/principles). These two Sanskrit words has many meanings, but that’s the basic gist of it. Within this truth, a system was established by the Lord called varnasrama –

      [“According to the three modes of material nature and the work ascribed to them, the four divisions of human society were created by Me. And, although I am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the non-doer, being unchangeable.” (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 4.13)]’

      ‘Human civilization begins from the stage of varnasrama-dharma, or doing (specific duties in terms of the specific modes of nature of the body). Discharging one’s specific duty in any field of action in accordance with the orders of higher authorities, serves to elevate one to a higher status of life.’ (Bhagavad-gita 2.31 purport)

      This system has two sides and each side has four categories. I won’t mention them here, as I’m not convinced you will be able to appreciate the revelation now.

      Again, bidding you good tidings.

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    • Oh lovely. I presented only a few post on Jesus largely because I grew up in a Christian home before I was introduced to Krishna Consciousness many years ago. It is to validate that while as Vaisnavas and Vaisnavis we are inclusive, we are at the same time exclusively one-pointed in our meditation to the Root of the Tree, Sri Krishna – The Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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      • Thank you. Yes, it is called the Maha-mantra (great mantra) because Sriman Mahaprabhu inaugurated it personally, 500 years ago for the liberation of mankind. It is the only means of deliverance from this iron age of Kali-yuga, as you will see from His own direct words here on this link:

        harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam
        kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha
        (Caitanya Caritamrta Adi-lila 17.21)

        [“In this Age of Kali there is no other means, no other means, no other means for self-realization than chanting the holy name, chanting the holy name, chanting the holy name of Lord Hari.”]

        So, you are doing the right thing. Gradually, Nama/Maha-mantra will give your everything. 🙂

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      • Yes, Nama/Maha-mantra does so many things on different levels and one of the first things people experience when chanting it, is peace/calmness of mind. Generally 16 rounds is the basic rule and one can gradually chant more and more. But it’s not the quantity of rounds that matters; it’s the quality of chanting. My guru used to say, we should chant one lakh, but then he explained that the deeper meaning of this, is one-pointed chanting, absorbing ourselves in the three main angas of bhakti – chanting, hearing and remembering the pastimes of Bhagavan Sri Krsna. So, if we can only manage to chant 4 rounds or 1 round, then it should be concentrated within those angas; articulating the words of the mantra within the mind or audibly.

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  4. What a great analogy. You have done a good research. Krishna and Jesus are indeed one. In fact, everybody is one. We all are born from Him and we all will vanish into that Oneness, that Nothingness. 🙂

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    • Thanks for your comment, yet, if I may share humbly, while Krishna and Jesus are one in quality, they are different in quantity. It is called acintya-bhedabheda-tattva (simultaneous oneness and difference). Madhvacarya’s conception is called suddhadvaita-vada, and it stresses on the five eternal differences: the difference between jiva and God, between jiva and jiva, between God and matter, between matter and matter, and between matter and jiva. Then, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s (the latest incarnation of Bhagavan Sri Krishna) acintya-bhedabheda-tattva states the one Supreme Personality of Godhead manifests Himself in many, and in this way all diversities are in Him and He is in all diversities although He is nevertheless different from all of them. Thus, by the transformation of His inconceivable potencies, everything is simultaneously one with and different from Him. However, we always maintain our individuality under every circumstance. The idea or aspiration of merging into the impersonal Brahman is spiritual suicide. We have to know tattva (jiva tattva, Maya tattva, guru tattva and Radha-Krishna tattva) and then we will have a proper understanding of reality. Jai Sri Krishna 🙂

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  5. Well I wouldn’t call it “spiritual suicide” as suicide it self is a negative word. It can be rightly called spiritual union. If you have read books of Yogananda or Sri Aurobindo, who are attained Krishna Consciousness with proper reasoning and intuition, then in higher level there is no Krishna or Jesus or any form of God. There is only a “consciousness” or “a state of awareness” which pervades the entire universe. That consciousness takes a form of a human being and then we people give any name to it, may be Krishna, Rama, Jesus, Allah etc. So all are one and they have different form and name and they perform different leela (divine play). The goal of everyone is the same. 🙂

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    • My friend, please take the time to read the information on this link: http://www.vedabase.com/en/iso/15
      I know about Yogananda and Aurobindo, but their conclusion is inconclusive and therefore insubstantial. ‘The goal of everyone’ is not the same. Try to understand that the Supreme is realised in three aspects. One aspect is that which you are referring to; the Brahman impersonal aspect. But there are two other aspects you will read about in the link, which was already on my blog page if you had perused it properly. Haribol.

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  6. My dear Friend, I completely disagree with you. First of all, everyone who have read books of Yogananda and Aurobindo knows that they are self-realized (meaning they are united with the One) To say their conclusion are inconclusive shows that either you haven’t read their books or you’re ignorant of them.
    Second, how do you know that Krishna is God? Have you seen Him or perform any Divine Leela?. You know that by reading His books, Gita, His leelas which are present in the scriptures, your family members who worship Him as God, people in the society who worship Him. So your mind is influenced by them, unknowingly.
    But yes, Bhakti Yoga is the highest. It just depends on the faith of the person who is praying.

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    • You come on my page to engage in what I see to be a battle of the wits, on a platform which you clearly have insufficient knowledge about. Your display of the human default defense mechanism, is a testimony to that, when you make presumptions and draw conclusions from something you don’t have proper understanding about. Yet your false ego and arrogance, makes you think you know everything. Therefore to enter further into anymore discussion with you, at the risk of you making offenses, would be indeed foolish of me and detrimental for you. You are influenced by what you are associated with and I know what I know to be the truth, whether you accept that or not. It takes a special kind of bhaktiunmukhi-sukriti to understand Sri Krsna and His pastimes, which you transparently haven’t yet acquired. So we will have to agree to disagree and I bid you farewell.

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  7. I see we share common factors on religious beliefs. I’m a Christian, & from western world, my Savior is known as Jesus. And I do believe that” Jesus is the truth, the way to eternal life, the means for salvation to all willingly acknowledge their frailties as imperfect beings & in need of a Saviour.However it is clear to me that our Loving Father & Lord will meet us at our level, therefore our culture bears major impact on how He introduces Himself to us.To some culture He may appear under one name, while to the Western world, He is Jesus, the Lord of Lords. Regardless, how He reveals Himself, as the Son of God under a different name, or through a prophet or a Guru, the message shared will be harmonious, with Jesus being the Lord of the universe. Same will also teach love for our fellow brothers & sisters regardless their religious background, or geographical influence. Jesus & all the true prophets regardless of cultural differences, have one mutual/common goal,: Promote the message of salvation for humanity, & share love , compassion & forgiveness for all. What happened during the holocaust? Would anyone with the love of God,with teaching of the true prophets, Guru, regardless of religious preferences would stand by and let it happened? Lastly, I firmly believe judgment day for those who willfully live a corrupt life is inevitable, regardless of culture For there are consequences to our actions in this world, how much so, our eternal destiny, thus reinforcing the need of a Saviour for the Salvation of our soul.
    Take care.
    Nadege

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    • I’ve read your long comment and concur much of its content. Still, I will confer that as I grew up in a Christian home and had to pass Bible, as a subject, before I could graduate, we always knew that Jesus is acting like a guru and never has he proclaimed that he is Lord of Lords. It is man, who has elevated him to that position. Gu=darkness and ru=light. Thus the name guru, basically means one who removes darkness to shed light. Jesus was an empowered guru, just like Mohamed, like Gautama Buddha and whomever else is empowered to remove darkness.
      There is only one Supreme Personality of Godhead and when we have sufficient knowledge about Him, then we can see clearer, the actualities of things or reality. One who is very sincere and ready to make sacrifices, will be guided from within the heart, to know the hidden truths about Who the Supreme Personality of Godhead, really is.
      I try not to get into spiritual discussions with anyone, because it’s a delicate subject that can cause disharmony, rather than harmony. So on this note, I will end here and wish you many blessings and light.

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  8. I love what you’ve written, particularly what Srila Prabhupada said about loving both Krishna and Christ. I also admire your tendencies to wish people blessings (which come from God) rather than continue engaging in debates that may be about God, but don’t come from God. I wonder about the lost books claiming Jesus had journeyed to India and Tibet in his lifetime, though. It’s easy to imagine, politically, why the ‘editors’ of the holy book would have wanted to omit that information and any allusion to his time in the far east; but I just finished reading ‘The Poem of the Man-God’ written by Maria Valtorta, who received visions from Jesus and Mary almost daily throughout World War II, who dictated to her in beautiful, vivid detail, their lives on earth, from when Joachim and Anne were hoping to conceive all the way to Pentecost and Mary’s Assumption. Why would Jesus not tell/show the author these formative years? Thank you.

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    • Thank you for visiting and for your insightful comment. Yes, you are absolutely right; there is a lot that we don’t know, but ought to know. Saying that, acquiring knowledge is only a small part of the equation when it comes to spirituality, for we know that religion or being religious is not the same as being spiritual. That is, of course, when we truly understand what the term ‘spiritual’ encompasses. I wish you well 🙂

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  9. I enjoy your blog and will definitely be following you, now that I’ve returned to WordPress. Apparently I have some aptitude in comparative religions – if the Internet test I took is any indication – they said 70% of American’s couldn’t pass the test, and I only missed three out of 49 multiple-choice questions. I had no idea I would score so highly, quite frankly. I guess a lifelong obsession with the subject is to account for that.

    I’m coming from what one might call an “inclusive Christian” standpoint. On Christ and Krishna, I would only offer that, even *if* Krishna Consciousness were some kind of Satanic deception, as a fundamentalist Christian might contend. then we would still be bound as Christians to “love Krishna:” simply because Christ is about Love. Were He not, He would not have made the sacrifice He made for humanity.

    I have some other thoughts, but I’d like to reserve them till later. I only recently committed myself to return to WordPress after getting lost on Facebook for months (I’m ashamed to say.) I finally gave my “friends” my email, and exactly two of them gave me theirs. Then I blocked Facebook on all interfaces and did not delete my account, but simply abandoned it. Proud of myself, actually.

    So – you may be hearing from me again in the near future. Thank you for your well-constructed, well-written and informative blog.

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    • Sorry for the late reply. I only just today saw your comment, as I was offline for a bit. Seeing as though you have an aptitude for comparative religion, I share with you the link to our online archive of free Vedic texts. Whichever book grabs you, you can click on it and it will guide you chapter by chapter. http://www.vedabase.com/en
      Thank you kindly for visiting and commenting. Blessed be 🙂

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  10. No need to apologize for any perception of tardiness. I think I replied to your initial comment approximately one year after you posted it. I bookmarked that page, and thank you for that. A couple titles did grab me off the top.. I’ll get back to you eventually. Thanks again.

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