By Damaghosa das
Below Srila Prabhupada speaks about Jesus Christ when a young boy how he condemned those killing animals in the synagogue, he was against this cruel and sinful behavior. But today (Christmas day or any day) millions of so called Christians will be filling their bellies with the flesh of slaughtered animals. This Jesus condemned-Thou shalt not kill !
Lecture : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.16.21 — Hawaii, January 17, 1974
“I have read one book, Lord Jesus Christ, when he was a young boy he was very much shocked when he saw that animal-killing is going on in the synagogue. Therefore he differentiated from the Jews and he started his own religion, Christian religion. Is it not a fact? Am I right? Why… He was also a Jew. Why he deviated? Why he deviated from the Jews? Because when he saw in his young age that animals are being killed in the synagogue, he differed, “No, no, this is horrible. This should be stopped.” Therefore, his first commandment is “Thou shall not kill.” Am I wrong or right? Eh? That was his first impression, that people should stop killing. So who is Christian? Everyone is violating this first commandment, what to speak of other commandments. Everyone. So it is very difficult to find a real Christian. But if you violate the commandments of Christ, then what kind of Christian you are? This is our question. Who will answer this?”
Below Srila Prabhupada explains how Lord Buddha cheated the atheists into following him by denying the existence of God (Himself) and by telling them to stop killing animals in the name of the scriptures. He gives a nice example of how a parent or guardian of a child will sometimes cheat the child by saying one thing just to get him to do the right thing. But this is not cheating because it has the welfare of the foolish child in mind by the wise parent. So by getting the Buddhists to stop killing animals, eventually they would in some future birth get a better chance to understand that religious principles do not include slaughtering innocent animals and then calling that “religion”. Wherever there is no mercy (for animals) then there is no religion present.
may 21 1969 New Vrndavana
Prabhupāda: All right. You please sit down. So the boy is satisfied that “I am not going to a school. This gentleman is very nice. I didn’t want to go to school, and he says, ‘Yes, don’t go to school.’ But “You sit down here. What is this?” “This is cow.” “And what is this?” “This is cow‘s leg.” “What is this?” “One leg, two leg.” That means he is being educated, but he does not know. He says that “Ah…”
So Lord Buddha’s philosophy is like that. The atheistic people, they are against God. “Yes, there is no God. But you take this philosophy, ahiṁsā. [non violence] Don’t kill animals.” That means if they stop animal-killing, then one day they will be ableto understand what is God. Some day. Because so long one is accustomed to kill animals, he will never be able tounderstand what is God. That is Buddha philosophy.
He situated the atheistic people on the line of understanding God. So this is, in one way, cheating. But this cheating is not cheating.Just like father or guardian sometimes cheats the young boy. That is not cheating; that is for his good. But actually, if you take the, I mean to say, behavior, it is something like cheating. So the Māyāvāda philosophy… This Buddha philosophy is also anotherMāyāvāda philosophy. Both of them are, on the face value, atheistic, denying the existence of God. One is saying, “There is no God”; another is saying, “It is impersonal,” in this way. But our philosophy is neither atheistic nor impersonal. It is directly person.Īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ [Bs. 5.1]. Directly we say, “There is …” Kṛṣṇa, in the Bhagavad-gītā, says, mattaḥ parataraṁ nāsti: “There is nobody greater than Me.” If God is great, how anybody can be greater than Him? It is right. Eh? Nānyat parataraṁ nāsti: “There is nothing more greater than Me.” Ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavaḥ: [Bg. 10.8] “I am the origin of everything.” Vedānta–sūtra says, “Brahman, or the Supreme Absolute Truth, is the source of everything.” And here is the direct answer by Kṛṣṇa, ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavaḥ: “I am the source of everything.” So we follow this philosophy. Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement means we directly take Bhagavad-gītāas the evidence of existence of God.
Bhagavad gita and Bible quotes side by side
1.) John 11:25-26 “Jesus said , ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. ”
Janma Karma ca me divyam,evam you vetti tattvatah BG 4.9
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.
2.) John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
Tad Viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena sevaya…
Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth BG 4.34
3) John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
SP-”You will show your love for me by how you cooperate with each other.”
4) Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”
“Trnad api sunicena Taror..”– One should chant the Holy Name of the Lord in a humble state of mind thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street,more tolerant than the tree devoid of all sense of false prestige and ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can constantly chant the Holy names of the Lord.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
BG 18.66-Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.
6) Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
BG 4.11″ ye yathā māṁ prapadyante tāṁs tathaiva bhajāmy aham mama vartmānuvartante
manuṣyāḥ pārtha sarvaśaḥ– “All of them as they surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Pṛthā
7) Mark 8:34-37 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
BG 8.16-From the highest planet in the material world down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. But one who attains to My abode, O son of Kuntī, never takes birth again
8) Matthew 5:43-44 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 7.12 Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Trnad api sunicena-chant in a humble state of mind thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street, more tolerant than the tree devoid of all sense of false prestige, and ready to offer all respect to others.
9) Matthew 6:24-34 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
BG 3.10-In the beginning of creation, the Lord of all creatures sent forth generations of men and demigods, along with sacrifices for Viṣṇu, and blessed them by saying, “Be thou happy by this yajña [sacrifice] because its performance will bestow upon you all desirable things.”
BG 3.9-Work done as a sacrifice for Viṣṇu has to be performed, otherwise work binds one to this material world. Therefore, O son of Kuntī, perform your prescribed duties for His satisfaction, and in that way you will always remain unattached and free from bondage
10)“Matthew 7:1-5 judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. ”
Trnad api sunicena taror api—chant in humble state of mind
11)Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God”
BG 18.55-One can understand the Supreme Personality as He is only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of the Supreme Lord by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God
12) The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak Matthew 26.40
BG-2.59-The embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, though the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.
13)(Matthew 22.35-40)”Master, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus said to him, “‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind.’ This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like it, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
BG4.10-Being freed from attachment, fear and anger, being fully absorbed in Me and taking refuge in Me, many, many persons in the past became purifled by knowledge of Me—and thus they all attained transcendental love for Me.