Does Buddhism Contradict Krishna Consciousness?

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Does Buddhism Contradict Krishna Consciousness?

Postby backtohome » Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:08 am

Question: Does Buddhism Contradict Krishna Consciousness?

Are there contradictions between the teachings of Buddhism and the teachings in Krishna Consciousness? If yes, why?

Sunil


Answer: Only Superficially

Although Lord Buddha, as was predicted in the Srimad Bhagavatam long before his advent, was an incarnation of Lord Krishna, he taught a philosophy that was opposed to the teachings of Lord Krishna. Because the people of his day were using a misinterpretation of the Vedic literatures to justify cow slaughter, Lord Buddha denied the Vedas and the existence of God altogether and taught the principles of karma and non-violence teaching the people to follow him instead of the Vedas. This was a temporary teaching for the purpose of freeing the people from the heinous sin of cow killing so that later on they could be brought back to the full and proper understanding of Lord Krishna's teachings. So although there is a difference between the teachings of Lord Krishna and Lord Buddha, the ultimate purpose of both of them is the same, to bring the conditioned soul to complete surrender at the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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