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Is Krishna Hindu?

Postby backtohome » Fri May 28, 2010 11:53 am

Questions: Is Krishna Hindu?

Sometime back I had argument with my fellow mates in the office. They said Krishna was Hindu as only Hindus worship Krishna. They said that although He might be called Allah in Arabic, still Krishna is Hindu. They said that therefore Hare Krishna chanting and the Bhagavad-gita are also Hindu and do not belong any other religion.

I tried to explain to them that Krishna is neither Hindu, Muslim, Christian, etc, that Krishna is simply Krishna Himself. He does not belong to any particular religion. It is we human beings who have concocted the idea of different religions. I told them that Krishna consciousness is not Hindu dharma or Hindu religion, that rather it is in the category of Sanatan Dharma, the natural original nature of the living being to serve the Supreme. Bhagavad-gita is the cream of Vedas and it does not belong only to Hindus. Rather it belongs to all, as it was spoken by Krishna himself for the benefit of all of humanity, not only for Hindus.

What my colleagues know is that Krishna is worshippmake them understand, and I have come under your shelter to give me more points so that I can enlighten these colleagues.

Bhavesh


Answer: Is the Sun American?

The first thing to understand is the word "Hindu" is not found anywhere in the Vedic literatures. It was a term coined by the Muslims to describe those persons living east of the Sindhu river.

Krishna is called Jagannatha, the Lord of the universe. He is never addressed by the name, Hindunatha, the Lord of the Hindus. Therefore your friends' claim that Krishna is Hindu is an erroneous claim. The entire existence has emanated from His transcendental body so there is no question of His being confined or boxed in by any kind of sectarian designation.

Is there such a thing as the Indian sun or the American sun? No, the sun is one, although it is known by different names in different languages. Similarly although the Supreme Lord may be addressed by different names in different parts of the world, this does mean that there are different Supreme Lords. No, the Supreme Lord is one, although He is addressed by different names in different languages.

In the Bhagavad-gita Krishna does not teach Hindu religion. He teaches rather the universal science of how the individual living being can reconnect himself with the Supreme Person, the source of all existence.

To say that only Hindus worship Krishna is not true. There are
thousands of Christians and Jews who also worship Krishna as
the Supreme Lord. He is the same God that is mentioned in the Bible. The difference between the Bhagavad-gita and the Bible is that the Bible gives some vague idea of God while the Bhagavad-gita gives precise scientific data about God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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