World Religions

Based on the teachings of

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Founder Acharya – International Society for Krishna Consciousness

How many If I ask you a GODS are question…. there ?

What does common sense say ?

Then why there are so many…

• Religions ? • Scriptures ? • Gods ?

Some perplexing questions …

• Whom should I follow ? • Whom do I believe ? • Which God should I worship ?

More so when everyone claims his path or God

THE BEST !!!

GOD is ONE

Just like we do not have …

• American Sun • Indian Sun • African Sun
But the same sun addressed differently

Likewise we have same ONE GOD addressed differently in different religions…

• “Allah” • “Father in Heaven” • “Krishna” • “The Supreme Personality of Godhead”

All the bonafide religions and scriptures being word of that one God teach the same truth in essence

Essence

• God is One. • Develop love for God. • Obey God’s laws. • Sin no more.

Essence

• Glorify the holy names of God. • Render service to God. • Return to the kingdom of God.

God gives His message directly or through His representatives, according to …

Time

Place

Circumstances

& capacity of individuals who receive it

Different Level of Mathematics

Elementary School Student

2 - 5 = ???

Different Level of Mathematics

High School Student

2 - 5 = -3

Different Level of Mathematics

College Student

Λ.φ.α=β.δ

Teacher instructs according to level of understanding of the student

DIFFERENT RELIGIONS teach same principles but according to

TIME, PLACE & CIRCUMSTANCES

Koran says

“Do not have sex with your mother and sister”
- 16th Surah, Kuran

Although Prophet Mohammed himself was representative of God & self-realized soul, but his audience were

TRIBESMEN of DESERT

For the little that Mohammed taught, he had to flee from Mecca due to threat to his life

Christianity
Ten Commandments says

“Thou shalt not kill”

To whom shall you give this instruction ?

To those who indiscriminately kill

Although Jesus preached for 3 years, it aroused so much opposition that they …

Mercilessly crucified him

Srimad Bhagavatam

Ripened fruit of Vedic Knowledge.

Srimad Bhagavatam
• Spotless Purana with uncompromising instructions. • Exposes harsh reality although unpalatable.

• Audience are sages, who have dedicated their lives for welfare of humanity.

DIFFERENT RELIGIONS have same message, but impart instructions according to audience.

Jesus Christ to his followers

“I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.”
John 16:12

Lord Krishna to Arjuna in Bhagavad - gita

“I shall now declare unto you in FULL this knowledge, both phenomenal and numinous. This being known, NOTHING FURTHER SHALL REMAIN FOR YOU TO KNOW.”

Pocket Dictionary

Oxford’s complete dictionary

Words which can be found in both

“hear”

“small”

“play”

Words which can be found only in Oxford’s complete dictionary

“HEDONISM” “CATACLYSM”

Similarly basic instructions in all the religions
• do not steal • love everyone • forgive your enemy

Some high level instructions only in Vedic scriptures like Srimad Bhagavatam

Queen Kunti prays to Lord Krishna

“I wish that all those calamities would happen again and again so that we could see You again and again.”

Lord Caitanya in His teachings

‘O Lord of the universe, I do not desire material wealth, materialistic followers, a beautiful wife. All I want, life after life, is unmotivated devotional service to You.’

How old are different religions ?
Sanatana Dharma - Coming from Dawn of Creation
Bhagavad-Gita Spoken to Arjuna Buddhism 2500 Yrs. Christianity Islam 2000 Yrs. 1300 Yrs. 5000 Yrs.

NUMBER OF YEARS

Bhagavad – gita was spoken 5,000 years ago and Lord Krishna said

“I instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasvan, and Vivasvan instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Iksvaku.”
Bhagavad - gita 4.1

“This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost.”
Bhagavad - gita 4.2

A rough estimate is that Bhagavad – gita was spoken at least

120 million years ago
& was re-spoken to Arjuna about 5,000 years ago

What is real religion ?

“The supreme dharma for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the Supreme Lord.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.6

Srila Prabhupada explains

“Religion means a culture of the spirit soul. It may be in different way understood in different countries, but the whole idea is to understand the spirit soul.”

“Our proposition is that whether you are a Christian, Muslim, or Hindu, simply try to understand God and love Him.”

“Jesus Christ and Mohammed, two powerful devotees of the Lord, have done tremendous service on behalf of the Lord on the surface of the globe.”

“So our business is not that, that we convert a Hindu to a Christian or a Christian to a Hindu. That is not our business.”

“Any religion you may profess—it doesn’t matter—I want to see whether you have got the result of religion. The result of religion is you will love God. That is result of religion.”

But ...
Why do we have so much chaos & confusion due to religion ?

“Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation.”

It’s a fact that these days people fight in name of religion …

Without proper understanding of …

• Who is God ? • Who we are ? • What is the underlying purpose of religions ?

Without proper understanding of …

• Why so many religions ? • A common underlying essence of all religions.

Many suggest let’s do away with religion !! After all it has resulted in...

Wars

Communal Tensions

Terrorism & Hatred

Riots

Factions

But the solution is not to do away with the religion... ...but to preach, propogate & practice true religious principles

Just like when eye develops cataract

What would a surgeon do ? Would he Or would remove the he operate on the eye ? eye ?

“Without religion & religious principles, we are no better than animals.”

So to sum up ...
• There is one & only one God. • All the bonafide religions have the common essence. • Lord sometimes sends many empowered representatives and sometimes personally descends to teach the religious principles.

So to sum up ...
• Religious principles are taught according to – time, place and circumstances. • Vedic literatures like Bhagavat Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam give us complete understanding of God & they contain highest religious principles.

So to sum up ...

• Many of present day confusion, chaos, riots, etc. in name of religion are due to improper understanding of religion.

So to sum up ...
• Solution is not to give up religion. • Solution is to seek out a bonafide spiritual master and practice genuine, authorized religious principles & make our life successful.

The End