Christ - Krischto -
Name is the same
Jesus ist the son of
son of Christ) talks about his father in heaven: "All
things are delivered unto me by my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the
Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever
the Son will reveal him." (Matthew 11:27) "No One Comes to the Father
than through me."
should go through Jesus through, to the father Christ or Krishna!
"Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone" (Mark 10.8) "My teaching
is not my own. It comes from him who sent me" (John 7:16) Jesus said "I go unto
my father: for my father is greater than I" (John 14.28) "I tell you the truth,
the Son can do nothing by himself" (John 5.19)
means: Jesus, the son of Christ oder Krishna. He
declared Himself to be the son of God, and NOT the Father. Therefore it does not
matter, if we call God "Christ" or "Krischto" or "Krishna".
The name "Christ"
means "annointed one". This is taken from the Greek word "Christos".
Some language historians trace the Greek language to the oldest Indo-European
language, Sanskrit, which is 3,500 to 6,000 years old, perhaps older. By finding
a Sanskrit equivilant, it is reasonable that we may be able to ascertain the probable
origin of the word "Christ". The Greek "Christos" is almost
identical in sound and spelling to the Sanskrit word "Kristo", meaning
all-attractive. Sometimes we meet an attractive girl named Krista or Christa.
These are common American and European names, having their roots in the Sanskrit
Name of the Lord Krishna.
People in India
very often call the Name of Krishna by saying: "Krischto"
The word "Christ"
or "Kristo" or "Krsna" is a variation of the word KRISHNA,
one of the countless and ancient names for God Almighty in that language of Sanskrit.
The name "Krishna" also means "all attractive". Who is the
most attractive person? GOD, of course. Why is God a Person? It is written, "MAN
IS MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD." If we are persons, then logically, as our creator,
God is the Supreme Person. Why is God called "All-attractive"? Because
He has everything in full.... including power, fame, renunciation, wealth, personal
beauty, and intelligence. Human beings may have some of these attributes in part.
But God, as the Supreme Person, has everything in full, with no shortage in any
way. No one possesses anything beautiful, intelligent, great, powerful or more
opulently than God Almighty. Even the Atheists are attracted to the power of God
Almighty, albeit, in a negative manner.
If Jesus now
says: Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy Name, than this Name of God
oder "Krishna". If
Jesus says, that the Name of the Father should be glorified, how come someone
saying that God has no Name? We say God-Father. The son generally calls his father
"Father", but the Father also has a Name:
"Christos" or "Krishna". This is verified by Jesus Himself.
If Lord Jesus says "Hallowed
by Thy name," there must be name. The name is there, but he did not reveal it
openly because the people at that time where not able to properly understand,
but he says there is name.
was teaching 2000 year ago, is not different from that what Krishna was teaching
5000 years ago.
We should ask,
"What do Christ and Krishna have in commom? It is common knowlege that Jesus
Christ is the Son of God, Who he called "The Father in Heaven". He referred
to himself as the Son of God dozens of times, and to God the Father over 200 times
in the New Testament. What is not generally known is that God has many names in
many languages, not just a few Biblical names. One such name for God is Krishna.
Initially, we may object, but when we think about this concept without anger,
prejudice, or preconceived bias, we can logically conclude that God must have
unlimited names, because God himself is unlimited, by the very definition of the
word... "GOD". American Indians have names for the Holy Spirit. The
Eskimos, the same. Muslims call God "Allah". People in all lands of
the Earth have different names for God. If we contemplate this idea for a moment
in silent prayer, then we can understand it's simple, obvious truth. There are
countless names for God.
Why irrationally object,
because of our own prejudicial feelings? God, being unlimited, must have unlimited
names. This is the logical conclusion. One of these names for God is Krishna,
the self-same Jehovah-God of the Holy Bible. Another name for God is Rama. In
Hebrew, this truth is explained... "SHEMAH YISRAEL ADONOI ELOHENU ADONOI
ECHAD"..."HEAR! O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE." We
may want ot object, but God Is ONE, portrayed differently in different cultures
and lands of the world by his different names and pastimes. Knowing this truth
is the beginning of wisdom and inner peace, the initiation of our own personal
mental healing, the casting out of our own "devils" of prejudice and
of our unconscious hatred for others. Understanding that God is ONE for all people
of the Earth implies; the eventual dissolution of our inner feelings of mistrust
for others who seem different than ourselves, but whom Jesus taught us to love
even as our very selves. God is ONE, and all human beings are family members.
The Old Testament declares
that by the Holy Name of the Lord one will be saved, and shall dwell in the house
of the Lord forever. In this way, the individual is encouraged to take shelter
of God's holy names. "Christ" indicates the Son of God. The name "Krishna"
denotes God the Father, as in the Judeo/Christian reference to God. Christ or
Krishna, the name is the same. Like Father, Like Son, as the old saying goes.
We may conclude that the etymological derivation of the English world "Christ"
is the Sanskrit word "Krishna". It is always advisable to chant and
sing the holy names of Christ or Krishna. Catholic priests use the Greek name
"Christos" freequently in hymns and while chanting prayers.
Many Christians also sing
hymns, using the English translation "Christ". Franciscan monks and
many other monastic sects use the Latin names "Jesu Christe" in Gregorian
chants. Also, in India and now around the world, many worshippers of God sing
the universal, non-sectarian names of "Krishna". There is no duality
or spiritual conflict of interest. In this way, one may chant any of God's millions
of names in devotion for protection, self purification and eventual liberation.
Unfortunately, many people
who believe in God waste much valuable time arguing about the 'correctness' of
their own chosen religion. But 'correctness' is not the point, nor the goal, nor
the final outcome of religion. Developing our love for God and others is the essential
goal of all religious thought. The command of Jesus Christ, the spiritual master
of the Christian world is, "Love the Supreme Lord with all your heart, soul
and mind," and also, "Love your neighbor as your very own self."
It is fairly obvious that the international neighbors of Christians are Hindus,
Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hare` Krishnas, etc. According to Christ's command,
Christians do not need to quarrel with their neighbors of different religious
persuasions, but simply love them.
Such argumentative behavior
was and is contrary and counterproductive to Jesus Christ's command, "Love
thy neighbor." How can you fight with someone you are instructed to love
by your spiritual master. Jesus never recommended such fighting, nor killing of
others who were different, as has been an unfortunate part of Christian expansionism
and history. Jesus commanded his followers, "If you love only your own kind,
then you are nor better than the common people and the sinners." In all Scriptures
it is recommended to glorify the holy names of the Lord, and to treat others as
you like to be treated yourself, the "GOLDEN RULE". In this way, there
is no necessity to want to change anybody to be like ourselves. We are all certainly
still spiritually growing, and in much need of understanding just what Jesus meant
when he stated: "Love the Lord and love your neighbor." One may sing
or glorify any of God's holy names. The Bible encourages us... "From sunrise
to sunset, one should sing the praises of the holy names of the Lord." Similarly,
the Vedic literatures encourage us to chant and sing...
HARE KRISHNA - KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA - RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
Jesus healed others by
the potencies of God's holy names. In this regard, Jesus states: "I have
come to glorify the Father, and do nothing of my own accord." This was the
personal sentiment of Jesus, that everything depended upon God, the Father. He
denied doing anything by his own power. We are all powerless without God's grace.
Even Jesus Christ is powerless without the grace of God the "Father".
If we sing and chant the holy names of the Son or the Father, the end result will
be the same. Countless thousands have been healed an purified over the centuries
by the holy names of Jesus and Christ. In this world, calamities abound at every
step. If somehow or other, we can learn to rely upon the holy names of Christ,
Christos, Hare` Krishna, or Hare` Rama, then surely we will dwell in the house
of the Lord forever. People who are different than ourselves deserve the same
love and consideration that Jesus offered them when he taught us: "Love thy
Jesus commanded it of those
who chose to be called his true followers. "If you love me, then follow my
commandments." No one is superior to anyone else. Jesus never had such prejudicial
feelings, and considered himself the servant of humanity. Jesus therefore commanded
Christians to offer the same love and respect they wished for themselves to all
others, whether they be Buddhists, Jews, Hare` Krishnas, Jesuit Monks, or Muslims.
By taking shelter of the holy names of God, this love for God and respect for
one and all can factually be achieved in a very short time.
Srila Prabhupada's view on Jesus Christ
people often wonder what is the view of Lord Jesus Christ in the Krishna consciousness
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, 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
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 will 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 a 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 Moslem-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
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. 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
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.
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?"
Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers - Discussions between Peace Corps Worker
Bob Cohen and His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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)
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