Saturday, 9 February, 2008

Krishna, Christ: East and West

The root of the word ‘ gospel ’ in old English is ‘ godspel ’ which means ‘ GOD ’ (good) plus ‘ spell ’ (tale). So gospel in general means the message or teachings of a religios teacher, regardless of time and geographical location.

Take Lord Krishna and Christ, the many-splendoured Apostle- Teachers. Though they wer born in different times, in different climes the twain have interesting similarities in their lives and precepts. Both descended to earth with the same purpose, to raise man to a Higher grade of life, overthrow the forces of ignorance, hatred, selfishness and unrighteousness and redeem the true spirit of humanity.

Kansa, the King of Mathure, and Herod, the King of Palestine, were forewarned that they wold be killed by a child. So they slaughtered children mercilessly. But as Divinity ordained, Krishna and Christ had miraculous births. Krishna was born in captivity and Christ in a manger.
Jesus Christ came to the world to save mankind. And so did Krishna who prached universal brotherhhod, “ Sarva bhta hite ratah”, indulge yourself in the welfare of all creatures. Similarly Christ said, “ Love Thy Neighbour as Thyself.”

Both Krishna and Christ were pacifists. But they also resorted to violence to destroy evil. They were a synthesis of a lamb( as Christ is called) and a lion.
In the Mahabharata, Krishna tries to avoid war before fighting. Christ, in The Sermon on The Mount, preaches humility, peace and nonviolence. But He then pursues Satan in The War in Heaven down to hell and destroys him.
The vision of the Cosmic form that Krishna reveals in The Gita: “ I behold thee as one without beginning, middle or end, ” has its echoes in The New Testament : “ Holy, holy, holy, is The Lord God Almighty, who was, who is and who is to come.”

Time has no power over the names, deeds and words of our Blessed Apostle- Teachers (PBUT)

-C.D.Verma (An Article published in The Hindustan Times)

4 comments:

darvish said...

Wow, a really beautiful and amazing article, dearest Sister Krishna :) Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Now more than ever, the message of brotherhood, love and peace that Jesus and Krishna broguht is needed in the world. May God bless you and your family :) Amen. Ameen.

Ya Haqq!

Dipti said...

Wonderful Sister Krishna .. Thanks so much for sharing ...it was well worth the wait..

Umm lol cats said...

Wow that is interesting. I did not know that there are such resemblances between these two religious figures.

Krishna. N. C. said...

Beloved Brother,
Time and again our Prophets have preached only Love, peace and brotherhood along with respect for all other religions. You are right brother, these are the virtues of which the world is in desperate need :)
Love and prayers in abundance for you too:)


Beloved Sister Dipti,
Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so humbled:)
My love, hugs and prayers for you sweetsoul!


My Dear Amina,
I am so glad,you now know that there are so many striking resemblances not only among these blessed figures, but i wish to tell you: also in their teachings to a very large extent.
All religions have strongly preached the path of peace and compassion but in different ways :)
Love, hugs and prayers for you:)