God is One
By Karan Krishna Prabhu, Nepal
God is one, and God does not belong to this or that religion. In Kali-yuga, different religious sects consider their God to be different from the God of others, but that is not possible. God is one, and He is appreciated according to different angles of vision….. God has no competitor. There is only one God. In the Svetasvatara Upanishad (6.8) it is said, na tat-samas cabhyadhikas ca drsyate: “ No one is found to be equal to Him or greater than Him”. That is the definition of God.
(Srimad Bhagavatam, 5.3.17p)
When we speak “Krishna.” You should understand “Krishna” means God, the Supreme Being. The etymological meaning of “Krishna” is “the all attractive.” Without being all attractive there is no meaning of God. It is not that God is attractive only to certain class of men. No, God is attractive for all classes of men, unless he is animal. Animal does not know what is God and what is the attraction of God. He does not know. But in the human society, at least in the civilized human society, there is a certain idea of God. Either you follow Christianity or Vedic principle or Mohammedan religion or even Buddha religion, there is conception of God. There is an attempt to understand God. That is human society. Therefore, according to the capability, country and the people, the conception of God may be a little different from one another. But the attraction fro God is there. There is no doubt about it.
All civilized societies make some inquiries into God, or the nature of God, and these inquiries are called religion. There may be differences in the degrees of inquiry, but the desire to know of the supreme being is there.
There can not be two Gods. God is one. As such, if God is one, there can not be two religions also because religion means to understand God, to love God. That is religion. And religion means the words of God. So why there should be two religions? There can not be two religions. There may be some difference according to climate, country, population. There may be some difference in the execution of religion, but on principle there can not be two religions because God is one and religion means the words of God. So how there can be two religions? We have made two, three, four, five, six, increasing the number of religions.
God is neither Hindu, Muslim or Christian. God is God. We understand Him from different angles of vision, and that different angles of vision may be called as Christian angle vision, the Hindu angle vision, this Jew angle vision. Now, just like the sun is there. Here we see it is not so bright, but you ask some Arabian friend. He will say, “It is very bright.” So his appreciation of the sun is different from your appreciation here. It is cloudy; it is misty. But the sun is the same.
If a person is actually a devotee of God, he can see that God is one. God cannot possibly be two, nor can the Hindus have one God and the Christians have another. If God cannot be two, there cannot be any competition between God. This is the verdict of the Vedas. But at the present time there are so many “gods.” So many rascals are coming out, proclaiming. “I am God”.
So how many Gods are there? God is one. That is the Vedic injunction. God is one, just like the sun. No one can say that it is an American sun or a German sun or an Indian sun. if the sun, which is the creation of God, is one and is so powerful. Then what of God Himself? Actually there are trillions of suns, but due to our limited vision we can only perceive one. But if one sun created by God can do so much work, distribute so much heat and we can just imagine how powerful trillions of suns are and above that how powerful is God, the Greater of all of them.
Srila Prabhupada is the founder Acharya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness ( ISKCON). This is a spiritual society based on the Brahma Madhwa Gaudiya Sampradaya.
The society was resister in 1966 at New York and since then the society has spread all around the world.
The ISKCON society is a respectable society all over the world because it is a non political and fully dedicated to the religious cause as understanding of God and practice of God consciousness.
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