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12 - BTG Year 2009 December

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D
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C O N T E N T SC O N T E N T SC O N T E N T SC O N T E N T SC O N T E N T S
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 Founded 1944. Vol. 6 No. 12 December 2009
THIS IS REAL GODCONSCIOUSNESS
Features
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KÅÑËACONSCIOUSNESSAND CHRISTIANITY
Departments
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V
AIÑËAVA
C
ALENDAR 
32
E
DITORIAL
2
Columns
Mutual AssuredDeliverance.
O
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URPOSES
• To help all people discern reality from illusion, spirit from matter, the eternal from the temporary. • To expose the faults of materialism. • To offer guidance in the Vedic techniques of spiritual life. • To preserve and spread the Vedic culture. • To celebrate thechanting of the holy names of God as taught by Lord
Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu
• To help every living being remember and serve
Çré Kåñëa
,the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
In a meeting with Franciscanmonks Çréla Prabhupädaspeaks on the common plat- form of religion.
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RÉLA
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“THERE IS MUCH IHAVE TO TELL YOU”
The views of world’s twomajor religions on key philosophical points andways of life.
Fusion
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L
ESSONS
F
ROM
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HE
R
OAD
30
C
ENTRESIN
I
NDIA
 Jesus Christ had muchmore to reveal, but fearedthat his followers couldnot bear them.
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Conversations betweenHindu intellectuals andISKCON scholars onreligious conversion.
CONVERSION TOINTOLERANCE OR TRANSCENDENCE?
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When our intel-lects are convinced philosophically aboutour existential predicament andabout God’s insuper-able greatness andour hearts are flooded with memo-ries of God’s sweetdealings with devo-tees, it becomes mucheasier to offer ourheart’s love andsurrender to God,saying, as did Jesus,“Let Thy will bedone, not mine.”
 
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A B O U T T H I S I S S U E
®
F
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(under the direction of His Divine GraceÇré Çrémad Bhaktisiddhänta SarasvatéPrabhupäda)
His Divine GraceA. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupäda
 
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Magna Graphics Pvt. Ltd.,Mumbai.© 2009 The BhaktivedantaBook Trust International. Allrights reserved. (Trustee for theBhaktivedanta Book Trust: Jayädvaita Swami.)ISSN: 0005-3643. Published for TheBhaktivedanta Book Trust by Ujwal Jajoo , 33,Janki Kutir, Next to State Bank of Hyderabad,Juhu, Mumbai and printed by him at MagnaGraphics Pvt. Ltd. 101-C&D, Govt. IndustrialEstate, Kandivli (W), Mumbai-400067, India.Editor: Çyamänanda
 
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The Magazine of theHare Krishna Movement
God has extended His infinite grace to humanity throughouthistory in many ways and forms. This
Back to Godhead
issuediscusses two powerful manifestations of God’s grace—Kåñëaconsciousness and Christianity. The article “Kåñëa consciousnessand Christianity” describes remarkable similarities between Vedicand Christian teachings, thus demonstrating that both ultimatelyshow the way to the same goal: raising humanity from materialismto spirituality, from love of material things to love of God. Thearticle “There is much I have to tell you” explains how Jesus hadstated that he had more to give and, in the Vedic texts, we getmore—a lot more—information and knowledge about God. Thearticle “Conversion to intolerance or transcendence?” analyzeshow Christian conversion tactics based on offering materialallurements are increasing materialism and materialisticconsciousness, thus working against the very purpose of God—and Christianity too—of converting people from beingmaterialists to becoming spiritualists.We also read of how Çréla Prabhupäda also had a very friendlymeeting with a group of Christian monks in Australia where theydiscussed the real platform of any bona fide religion. And in“Fusion,” Yugävatara Däsa shows us practical examples of common platforms in our daily affairs, and how we can achievethem within the practice of different religions.
V E D I C T H O U G H T S
The Christian religion has a history of two thousand years, and theMuhammadan religion also has a history, but if one were to traceback Vedic religion, he would not find its historical beginning. There-fore it is called eternal religion.
From Easy Journey to Other Planets
God supplies everything to everyone. . . So He is the Father. So whyshould you not pray, “Father, give me this?” Just as in the ChristianBible there is, “Father, give us our daily bread.” That is good—theyare accepting the Supreme Father. But grown-up children shouldnot ask from the father; rather, they should be prepared to serve thefather. That is
bhakti
[devotion].
— From Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers
The supreme occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by whichmen can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendentLord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninter-rupted to completely satisfy the self.
— Çrémad-Bhägavatam (1.2.6)
 
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Ç R É L A P R A B H U P Ä D A ’S P A S T I M E
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réla Prabhupäda was sched-uled to speak at St. Paschal’sFranciscan Seminary. St. Paschal’sFranciscan Seminary was a college for train-ing Friars for the Franciscan Order in theRoman Catholic Church. The Yarra Theo-logical Union (YTU), a separate entity fromthe Franciscan Order, was one of the accred-ited faculties of theology which conductedcourses and granted degrees in Christian The-ology in Victoria.A large group of black-robed Franciscans,both young and old, trainee priests and YTUprivate students, stood alongside the chant-ing devotees to greet His Divine Grace. Fa-ther Green, the host, formally greeted ÇrélaPrabhupäda. Father Green had hinted on thecommon platform of religion in his speech,and Prabhupäda took his lead from there.“Common platform is not very difficult tounderstand because religion means to knowGod and abide by the orders of God. That isreligion. You take any type of religion—thesethree things are there, that we must try toknow God, to know His desires and to fulfillthem. It doesn’t matter whether it is in Indiaor America or Australia. Any human being,if he tries to satisfy God and read the scrip-
 
The Great Transcendental Adventure
by Kürma Däsa
This is RealGod Consciousness
In a meeting with Franciscan monks Çréla Prabhupädaspeaks on the common platform of religion.
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