Is Krishna Bhakti Supported in the Original Four Vedas?

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Is Krishna Bhakti Supported in the Original Four Vedas?

Postby backtohome » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:31 pm

Question: Is Krishna Bhakti Supported in the Original Four Vedas?

I and a few devotees are preaching to some of our Muslim friends. They have asked some questions. Can you please answer them?

1. According to them only the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda, and Atharva Veda are the original Vedas and are thus authoritative, while other scriptures such as the Upanishads are manmade and are not divine and authoritative. Can you please tell how to explain that all the Upanishads including the primary Vedas come under same category?

2. We quoted some verses from the Bhagavad-gita and the Brahma samhita where it is stated that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. (They think that Krishna is human). But as they believe only the primary four Vedas are authoritative, they are not believing what we are saying. Can you please give me evidence from the original four Vedas that support Krishna's supremacy?

3. They also say that Vedas were written down because the sudras and vaisyas were not even allowed to look into it. Can I have your clarification, Gurudeva?

Regards,

Vishnu C.B.


Answer: Krishna Bhakti is Advocated There.

I am very happy to hear that your Muslim friends accept the authority of the original four Vedas. Therefore they should note this mantra from the Rig Veda:

oṁ tad viṣṇoḥ paramaṁ padaṁ sadā paśyanti sūrayah

"Those who are actually learned in the Absolute Truth look to the abode of and worship only the Vishnu form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in any of His various forms such as Krishna, Rama, etc."
--Rig Veda (1.22.20)

Therefore if they really accept the authority of the original four Vedas they will now have to surrender themselves unto Lord Vishnu in any one of His various forms. Let's see if they are not hypocrites and will do that.

And if your Muslim friends say that only the original four Vedas are authoritative Vedic truth, then we have to ask them where is it stated in the four original Vedas that only the four original Vedas are authoritative truth. The four original Vedas: Sama, Yajur, Rig, Atharva were compiled by Vedavyasa, who then explained them in the 108 Puranas, summarized them in the Vedanta-sutra, and further explained the Vedanta-sutra in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. So if we accept the authority of the original four Vedas, we must also accept the authority of the supplementary literatures since they are compiled by the same person, Vedavyasa.

While it is fact that the Vedic wisdom can only be understood by those who have been elevated to the higher status of transcendental knowledge, in the Vedic system of education everyone is given an equal opportunity to become elevated in knowledge by submissively inquiring from and serving a bona fide spiritual master.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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