"Pada Seva means to serve the lotus feet of Guru and Krishna.You cannot serve Krishna without Guru, or serve just Guru without serving Krishna. They must be served or offered pada seva simultaneously." - Srila Prabhupada

  • "A highly advanced Vaisnava lives in such a way that no one can understand what he is or what he was." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 7.3.14, Purport)
  • "... there is nothing as profitable as the association of pure devotees." (Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Page 341)
  • "By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krsna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement." (Sri Sri Gurv-astaka, Verse 8)
  • "A pure devotee cannot forget the Supreme Lord for a moment, and similarly, the Supreme Lord cannot forget His pure devotee for a moment." (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 8.15, Purport)
  • "The Spiritual Master is present wherever his sincere disciple is trying to serve his instructions. " (Srila Prabhupada letter, 12/01/73)
  • "I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torchlight of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him." (Sri Guru Pranama)
  • "My dear Partha, one who claims to be My devotee is not so. Only a person who claims to be the devotee of My devotee is actually My devotee." (Lord Krsna, Adi Purana)
  • "Pure devotees of the Lord are more powerful than the waters of the sacred river Ganges. One can derive spiritual benefit out of prolonged use of the Ganges waters. But one can be sanctified at once by the mercy of a pure devotee of the Lord." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.1.15, Purport)
  • "No one can approach the Supreme Personality of Godhead directly. One must approach Him through His pure devotees." (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 12)
  • "Real knowledge can be obtained from a person who is in perfect Krsna consciousness. Therefore, one has to seek out such a bona fide spiritual master and, under him, learn what Krsna consciousness is. The spiritual master can drive away all nescience, as the sun drives away darkness." (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 5.16, Purport)

One God Many Religion | Similarity in Gita and Bible | Father of Jesus | Krishna is God



Every true seeker of spiritual knowledge understands and admits that there is only one God, and, every scriptures and religion speaks about Him.

Like Srila Prabhupada had repeatedly said, 
God is neither Indian nor American nor otherwise, neither Christian nor Hindu nor Muslim. God is God.

Still, there are few people, who either with limited or perverted knowledge or due to their selfish agendas tend to create differences. These classes of people tend to mislead the innocent people resulting in hate based on religious grounds.

Many young people are choosing to become atheists because they feel religiosity causes violence and social division. 

If we seek the shelter of an authentic guru from an authentic Sampradaya, we get to understand the truth without any distortion. Thus we get to understand every religion talks about the same God and there are no contradictions.

The purpose of this article is an attempt to draw parallels between two powerful scriptures of the world, Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Holy Bible. Some of the very important Statements of Sri Krishna (in Srimad Bhagavad Gita), listed below, are also been repeated by His dear Son - Lord Jesus (in Holy Bible), thus proving Jesus was referring to Krishna in Bible.

There can be many more similarities but focusing on the prime messages to keep the length of article short. 

1. Krishna / God is in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul.


Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“I am the Supersoul, O Arjuna, seated in the hearts of all living entities.” (Lord Krishna,Bhagavad-Gita 10.20)

“I am in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.21)


“I, dwelling in their hearts.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.11)


“The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone’s heart.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.61)


Holy Bible:

“One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Ephesians 4:6)

“And they tempted God in their heart.” (Psalm 78.18)


2. Krishna / God – the Source of Knowledge

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.15)

Holy Bible:

“The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14.10)

3. Krishna / God – Our Father

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“It should be understood that all species of life, O son of Kunte, are made possible by birth in this material nature, and that I am the seed-giving father.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 14.4)

“I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire. I am the object of knowledge, the purifier and the syllable om. I am also the Rg, the Sama and the Yajur Vedas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.17)

“I am the son of God” (Jesus)

4. Krishna / God has form and not formless.

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.11)

Holy Bible:

“God said ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.’ ” (Genesis 1:26)

5. Krishna / God can only be known through a Spiritual Master

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 4.34)

Holy Bible:

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)

6. We should love Krishna / God with unfailing devotion

Uddhava-Gita:

“I am the Supreme Lord of all creation and I create and destroy this universe, being it’s ultimate cause. I am the Absolute Truth and one who worships Me with unfailing devotional service comes to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Uddhava Gita 12.45)


Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“O son of Kunti, all that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities that you may perform, should be done as an offering unto Me.
In this way you will be freed from all reactions to good and evil deeds, and by this principle of renunciation you will be liberated and come to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 9.27 - 28)

“Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, offer obeisances and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 9.34)

Holy Bible:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deu 6:5)

7. Who inherits the kingdom of Krishna / God and who doesn't?

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance-these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature, O son of Prtha.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 16.4)

“Bewildered by false ego, strength, pride, lust and anger, the demons become envious of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is situated in their own bodies and in the bodies of others, and blaspheme against the real religion.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 16.18)

 “One who is not envious but is a kind friend to all living entities, who does not think himself a proprietor and is free from false ego, who is equal in both happiness and distress, who is tolerant, always satisfied, self-controlled, and engaged in devotional service with determination, his mind and intelligence fixed on Me-such a devotee of Mine is very dear to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 12-13-14)

Holy Bible:

“Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:21) 

“Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor covetous,nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit kingdom of God.”(Corinthians 6:10)

8. Supreme Abode of Krishna / God needs no Sun and Moon.

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

“That supreme abode of Mine is not illumined by the sun or moon, nor by fire or electricity. Those who reach it never return to this material world.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.6)

Holy Bible:

“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light; and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5)

9. Krishna /God is the beginning and the end.

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita:

 “Of all creations I am the beginning and the end and also the middle.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.32)

“Of letters I am the letter A, and among compound words I am the dual compound.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.33)


Holy Bible:

“I am alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Revelation 22:13)



Thus it is a proof for the entire humanity that every religion speaks about one Supreme Personality of Godhead. He has many names according to His qualities. We may call Him God, we may call Him Allah (The Greatest One) or we may call Him Krishna (The All Attractive One).

The below quote summarizes the entire article with a graphic example.

A dog will recognize his master in whatever way he dresses. The master may dress in robes, suit and tie, or stand naked, but the dog will always recognize his master. If we cannot recognize God, our beloved master, when he comes in a different dress from another religion, then we are less than that dog.
- HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.  
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janma karma ca me divyam 
evaṁ yo vetti tattvataḥ 
tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma 
naiti mām eti so 'rjuna

One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.
Bhagavad Gita 4.9
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TIPS ON HOW TO BECOME A RESPONSIBLE PARENT.




Hare Krishna.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada, Sri Guru and Gauranga.

So the topic is about how to become a RESPONSIBLE PARENT.

If we are a little observant then we can see that every living organism starting from a worm to an animal to bird to human, everyone gets a chance to become a parent. Worms, birds, animals all teach their offspring how to earn food. We humans call this earning livelihood. But this is just a bare necessity.

As a human, the definition of a responsible parent is a bit higher than the worm and animals. The thing which differentiates us from an animal is moral values and habits. 

Let us discuss few points which can be important for us

1. PARENT THEM BY AN EXAMPLE

yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas
tat tad evetaro janaḥ
sa yat pramāṇaṁ kurute
lokas tad anuvartate


Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.
Bhagavad Gita 3.21


This instruction of Krishna is extremely important for parents because they are the first role model for their children.

Hence we parents have to be an example for our kids.

Let us say if we are always engaged with TV, Smart Phone, Social Media, our child will definitely want to copy us. Now if we won't allow them, they will question us, "why can't we when you are doing the same." Even if they don't ask us verbally, they might have this in their mind. Our teachings fail when we cannot walk our talk.

Research shows that the reason why one watches TV or wastes time on Phone, Social Media, Cartoons, Movies is that they want to avoid getting bored. The reason why one gets bored is that they have time but no activities to engage themselves.

The best antidote to all the negative influences and addiction is to engage our children in some quality activities.

As a parent, we need to spend some quality time with them, play with them or recite some stories, stories which can help them build their strong character. Our Vedic Scriptures are full of such exemplary characters.  So instead of polluting their innocent mind with fiction characters like Captain America,  Spiderman,  Superman, we can introduce them to legends like Hanuman, Arjuna, Lord Ram, Lord Krishna etc.

We as parents should learn to control our emotions mainly in front of our children.

One of the main causes of shouting is bringing the tensions of the office into the house and showing the frustration on our partner and child.

If our children watch us shouting or yelling or disrespecting others, even they tend to follow it. This is again on a similar line to what we discussed earlier, we need to set a proper example for our children to follow. 

Another moral that we need to imbibe in our children by example is Art of Accepting our mistakes.

By apologizing for our standard doesn't fall. We should say sorry whenever we do anything wrong, not just to them but even to others, especially our spouses.

As a civilized person, we must teach them the culture of Thanking Others, Forgiving Others and Apologizing.



So we need to be cautious about the way our child is perceiving us.

We must try :

"NEVER EVER  LIE IN FRONT OF OUR KID"

"AVOID GADGETS INFRONT OF THEM"

"BE AT OUR BEST"


2. SHOW OUR AFFECTION :

Many times young parents get confused with the emotion of Affection.

We must understand that giving all comforts, giving all kinds of video games, new gadgets, and new toys are not "Affection".

Real affection is in giving them our quality time, speaking to them with words of love and touching them with love, giving them hugs and kisses, make them believe that we actually love them. This means a lot to them. They will not be feeling unsecured ever in their life.

This also helps in actually strengthening our bonds with them. This bond becomes the foundation of our relationships throughout our life.

Many times parents get overreacted and try to forcefully make their children do or no do something. Although it is important to make them obedient and disciplined we must be careful not to make them rebellious.

Today we can find parents becoming over lenient or over strict. Both extremes are harmful to the growing child.

It is important for us parents to go understand how to go strike a balance between the two extremes.

If we force our children to do or not to do something they might be frustrated and suffocated.

One way to deal with this situation is to reason with them.  For this, we need to get down to their intellect. This mantra works based on the bonding we have with our children.



Another aspect of showing affection is attentive listening.

Many parents do a mistake by not listening to their children. Children love to share their experiences,  day in school or day in the park, or their friend's activity, etc. This act of sharing their experiences deepens our bond, teaches them how to be expressive, teaches them the art of communication and most importantly makes them feel secure.



We must make it a point to ask our little ones about their day in school or playground.

3. DO NOT LET THEM GET ADDICTED:

viṣayā vinivartante
nirāhārasya dehinaḥ
rasa-varjaṁ raso 'py asya
paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate

Though the embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.
Bhagavad Gita 2.59


Many times we find ourselves struggling to give up something which we know is not good. Like smokers find it difficult to quit smoking, alcoholics find it difficult to quit alcohol, TV addicts find it difficult to quit TV, Krishna in Bhagavad Gita tells us a way to overcome this. He says paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate which means the only solution is getting a higher taste.

For example, a person having once tasted the comfort of AC will never tend to opt for the fan in a summer afternoon. 

The child getting addicted to useless cartoons? Let us tell them stories with expressions so that their little imaginative brain can actually see our story with their eyes.

A child getting addicted to junk foods? Let us cook the best recipe and feed them with love and affection. 

We must give quality time to our children, ensure to have at least one meal together. 

The biggest mistake that young parents do is to have their peace, they tend to hand over mobile to their kids. We must never commit this mistake. 


4. GIVE THEM RESPONSIBILITY:

Children today are the future of tomorrow. If we want them to be responsible tomorrow we must train them from today. Our modern education system teaches them the responsibility of dominating and exploiting others so that one day they can be called leaders of the company/society and can earn bread.

But real responsibility is taking care of others by compassion and caring, this is not taught in the modern education system. We must teach this at our home.

Giving them responsibility means asking them to help mothers in household chores, serving water to elders, especially to father when he returns home after work, filling water bottles, giving medicines to grandparents, etc.


5. PUNISHMENT and ENCOURAGEMENT

No doubt punishment is extremely important for a growing child. Unless one is punished he will not understand the core teachings of life. However, at times, it is seen parents tend to get to extream. We must learn to strike a balance.

Punishment is counteracted by encouragement / praises.

Like in case of unforgivable offenses we might have to punish our child, we must also praise/ encourage when we see something good.

We must understand only punishment can lead to a mentally disturbed, cruel, insensitive and violent child.

Similarly, only praises can make a child proud, arrogant, self-centered.

Hence we must properly try to balance between the two sides.


BONUS TIP: RAISING LIKE A HUMAN.

āhāra-nidrā-bhaya-maithunaṁ ca
sāmānyam etat paśubhir narāṇām
dharmo hi teṣām adhiko viśeṣo
dharmeṇa hīnāḥ paśubhiḥ samānāḥ

Eating, sleeping, sex, and defense—these four principles are common to both human beings and animals. The distinction between human life and animal life is that a man can search after God but an animal cannot. That is the difference. Therefore a man without that urge for searching after God is no better than an animal.
The Mahabharata 


At the beginning of the article, we briefly touched upon the difference between animal and human, this verse from Mahabharata makes it clear.

We must engage our children in the service of the Lord. We must inculcate a culture of daily prayers and deity worship at our home, help them with devotee association, help them by discussing the scriptural injunctions.

This makes a child more humble and humane. He will grow up as a part of this society as an asset to this society and not like another parasite exploiting society.



Thank you very much
CHANT HARE KRISHNA AND BE HAPPY
   



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