In 1900 J. M. Roberston said: “This evidence-proven would document, that Krishna lived in India before the Christian era.” And in 1987 Hans Kong wrote: “Although historical research does not always recognize traditional data. there is no doubt that there was actually a historical Krishna.”
Two Great Masters of Light
Start with this because some uninformed still think Krishna was a mythological hero. There’s more to say about historical Krishna, but not here. In the Bhagavadgita (4.7-8; 7.7, 9; 9.8, 17-18; 10.3, 8, 20, 39; 18.65-66) Krishna says:
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“Wherever there is a decline in the practice of moral and spiritual principles, and an increase in vice, irreligion, then I myself descend.” “To redeem the pious, and to wipe out the wicked, as well as to restore moral and spiritual principles, I myself appear in every age.” “There is nothing superior to Me…” “I am the life of all that lives.”
“The whole cosmic order is contingent upon Me…” “I am the father, the mother and the breadwinner of the Universe.” “I am the goal, the sustainer, the Lord, the witness, the abode, the refuge, and the dearest friend. I am creation and dissolution, the foundation of all things, the place of rest, and eternal seed.” “He who knows Me as the one who is not born, the unprincipled, the Supreme Lord of all worlds, only he, who among men is free from deception, is freed from sins.” “I am the source of every generation.
It all comes from Me. The smartest people who know this are dedicated to adoring me enthusiastically.” “I am the Spirit placed within the hearts of all living beings. I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all beings.” “I am the generating seed of all existences. There is no being – animated or inanimate – that can exist without Me.” “Think of Me constantly, be Me devoted, give me and give me your homage. That way you will come to Me without fail. I promise because I love you.” “Leave all religions and just reflect on Me. I will deliver you from sins, fear not.”
This Being makes it clear in this ancient text that he is the Supreme Lord, the great universal savior, worthy of worship.
However, Jesus said, “Man’s son came not to be served, but to serve and give his life in ransom for many” (Matthew 20.28). And for whom did Jesus come? In Matthew (10.5-6) he tells his disciples: “By way of Gentiles do not go, and in the city of Samaritans do not enter; but, rather, go after the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” And in Matthew (15.24) he says to the Canaanite woman, “I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
It is clear from these verses that Jesus did not come to be served or worshipped, and that his gospel was for his associates and compatriots, not for everyone. In addition, Jesus is described in Acts (2.22; 3.13) as an “approved man” and a “glorified servant” by [his] God. It is not said that he was the incarnation of [his] God. In fact, Jesus was monotheistic like his ancestors. He said, “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord one is.” (Mark 12.29). I mean, he wasn’t a Christian. Christianity arose after the death of Jesus of Nazareth.
Of course, there will be no shortage of Christians who citle John (14.6), but I tell them to read the context well. Jesus was speaking to his contemporaries, this is demonstrated by the use of the Greek word erketai in the verse. Moreover, in that same chapter, John’s Jesus says: “The Father is greater than i” (28).
You could say more about Krishna and Jesus, but the present post is to show that you can be devout in any religion, and that that fanatical exclusivity of Christians is not right.