Chapter 27 - Krishna and Jesus Christ
Many people often
wonder what is the view of Lord Jesus Christ in the Krishna consciousness
Srila Prabhupada, the foremost exponent of the Krishna
consciousness movement explains that Jesus is Krishna's representative,
son of God, and spiritual master.
Below are excerpts from Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures,
and conversations about Jesus Christ and his
relationship with Krsna.
"If one loves Krishna, he must love Lord Jesus also.
And if one perfectly loves Jesus he must love Krishna too. If
he says, "Why shall I love Krishna? I shall love Jesus,"
then he has no knowledge. And if one says, "Why shall I
love Jesus? I shall love Krishna", then he has no knowledge
either. If one understands Krishna, then he will understand Jesus.
If one understands Jesus, you'll understand Krishna too"
(Srila Prabhupada - Room conversation with Allen Ginsberg,
May 12, 1969 / Columbus - Ohio)
As Lord Jesus Christ said, we should hate the sin, not the
sinner. That is a very nice statement, because the sinner is
under illusion. He is mad. If we hate him, how can we deliver
him? Therefore, those who are advanced devotees, who are really
servants of God, do not hate anyone. When Lord Jesus Christ was
being crucified, he said, "My God, forgive them. They know
not what they do." This is the proper attitude of an advanced
devotee. He understands that the conditioned souls cannot be
hated, because they have become mad due to their materialistic
way of thinking. In this Krsna consciousness movement, there
is no question of hating anyone. Everyone is welcomed to come
and chant Hare Krsna, take krsna-prasada, listen to the philosophy
of Bhagavad-gita, and try to rectify material, conditioned life.
This is the essential program of Krsna consciousness.
(Path of Perfection Chapter 3: Learning How to See God)
Christian, Muhammadan, Hindu-it doesn't matter. If he is simply
speaking on behalf of God, he is a guru. Lord Jesus Christ, for
instance. He canvassed people, saying, "Just try to love
God." Anyone-it doesn't matter who-be he Hindu, Muslim,
or Christian, is a guru if he convinces people to love God. That
is the test. The guru never says, "I am God," or "I
will make you God." The real guru says, "I am a servant
of God, and I will make you a servant of God also." It doesn't
matter how the guru is dressed. As Caitanya Mahaprabhu said,
"Whoever can impart knowledge about Krsna is a spiritual
master." A genuine spiritual master simply tries to get
people to become devotees of Krsna, or God. He has no other business.
(Science of Self Realization Chapter 2: Choosing a Spiritual
So Lord Jesus Christ said, "My Lord, hallowed be Thy
name." He wants to glorify the name of the Lord. And some
people says that there is no name of God. How? If Lord Jesus
Christ says "Hallowed by Thy name," there must be name.
The name is there, but he did not pronounce it because the people
at that time will not be able to understand or maybe some reason,
but he says there is name. So we are making this propaganda,
Krsna consciousness movement, the "Hallowed by Thy name.
My Lord Krsna, the Personality of Godhead, let Your holy name
be glorified." This is our movement. It is not a sectarian...(Lecture:
Bhagavad Gita 3.27 Melbourne June 27, 1974)
Sometimes Sri Krsna descends Himself, and sometimes He sends
His representative. The major religions of the world-Christian,
Hindu, Buddhist and Moslem-believe in some supreme authority
or personality coming down from the kingdom of God. In the Christian
religion, Jesus Christ claimed to be the son of God and to be
coming from the kingdom of God to reclaim conditioned souls.
As followers of Bhagavad-gita, we admit this claim to be true.
So basically there is no difference of opinion. In details there
may be differences due to differences in culture, climate and
people, but the basic principle remains the same-that is, God
or His representatives come to reclaim conditioned souls.
(Raja Vidya Chapter 6 :Knowledge of Krsna's Appearance and
Just like Lord Jesus Christ. He was so badly treated and still
he was thinking, "Father, they do not know what they are
doing. Please excuse." This is suhrdah. He is praying to
God This is sadhu, mahatma. Suhrdah prasanta. Not that... In
India there are examples like Haridasa Thakura, Prahlada Maharaja.
And the Western countries also, Lord Jesus Christ, he is saktyavesa-avatara,
God's son. And he tolerated so much. These are the examples of
mahatma. Don't misunderstand that we are preaching that mahatmas
are only in India. No. By the order of the Supreme Personality
of Godhead there are mahatmas even amongst the birds, even amongst
the beasts, even amongst the lower than animals. Because this
Krsna consciousness movement is going on in different places,
in different circumstances.(Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.3 --vrndavana
Oct 25, 1976)
Conversation with Father Emmanuel
- In 1974, near ISKCON's center in Frankfurt am Main,
West Germany, Srila Prabhupada and several of his disciples took
a morning walk with father Emmanuel Jungclaussen, a Benedictine
monk from Niederalteich Monastery. Noticing that Srila Prabhupada
was carrying meditation beads similar to the rosary, Father Emmanuel
explained that he also chanted a constant prayer: "Lord
Jesus Christ, be merciful unto us." The following conversation
Conversation with Cardinal Danielou
- "Thou Shalt Not Kill" or "Thou Shalt
At a monastic retreat near Paris, in July of 1973, Srila Prabhupada
talked with Cardinal Jean Danielou: "... the Bible does
not simply say, `Do not kill the human being.' It says broadly,
`Thou shalt not kill.'... why do you interpret this to suit your
From Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers
- Discussions between Peace Corps Worker Bob Cohen and His
Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Jesus Christ Was a Guru -
The spiritual leader of the Hare Krsna movement here recognizes
Lord Jesus Christ as "the son of God, the representative
of God... our guru... our spiritual master," yet he has
some sharp words for those who currently claim to be Christ's
A devotee of Krsna is friendly to everyone. Therefore it is said
here that he has no enemy (nirvairah). How is this? A devotee
situated in Krsna consciousness knows that only devotional service
to Krsna can relieve a person from all the problems of life.
He has personal experience of this, and therefore he wants to
introduce this system, Krsna consciousness, into human society.
There are many examples in history of devotees of the Lord who
risked their lives for the spreading of God consciousness. The
favorite example is Lord Jesus Christ. He was crucified by the
nondevotees, but he sacrificed his life for spreading God consciousness.
Of course, it would be superficial to understand that he was
killed. Similarly, in India also there are many examples, such
as Thakura Haridasa and Prahlada Maharaja. Why such risk? Because
they wanted to spread Krsna consciousness, and it is difficult.
A Krsna conscious person knows that if a man is suffering it
is due to his forgetfulness of his eternal relationship with
Krsna. Therefore, the highest benefit one can render to human
society is relieving one's neighbor from all material problems.
In such a way, a pure devotee is engaged in the service of the
Lord. Now, we can imagine how merciful Krsna is to those engaged
in His service, risking everything for Him. Therefore it is certain
that such persons must reach the supreme planet after leaving
(Chapter 11 Bhagavad gita text 55 purport)