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From: Krishna Kalale (krishna_at_nynexst.com)
Date: Thu Mar 02 1995 - 08:49:22 PST
subramaniya suresh writes : ----- Begin Included Message ----- >From Subra_Suresh.email@example.com Wed Mar 1 10:21:37 1995 From: Subra_Suresh.firstname.lastname@example.org X-Ns-Transport-Id: 0000AA00BD3BACC93296 Date: Wed, 1 Mar 1995 07:18:46 PST Subject: Comparison Hinduism - Christianity To: email@example.com Importance: Normal Immutable: True Content-Length: 620 Namaskaram, The following question follows me quite some time. Any answers? There was a discussion going on recently in my area (southern Germany) about similarities between Krishna and Christ (Kristos). One evangelist told that Krishna cult was an answer for Christianity when it entered India during the first century. Do you have any authentic proof for this? I am also in search of ºBhaktiº in Christianity and ºlove thy nextº in Hinduism. Truth is God. ----- End Included Message ----- Modern historians believe that the "Maha bharatha " and the age of Bhagawadgita was about 5th century B.C. Krishna also has vedic references in taittirya narayana upanishad or mahanarayana upanishad : Bhramhanyo devaki putro bramhanyo madhusoodanom sarva bhoothastam atmaanam narayanam "meaning - The very Lord Bramhan (or all pervading) is same as the son of Devaki (Sri Krishna) and he is the destroyer of demon Madhu He is the verily the same Narayana - the indweller of all beings" This means that probably Krishna's time was before 5th century B.C since Upanishads are much older than 5th century BC. Krishna Cult or the bhakti movement was there in different parts of India from a longer time. The literature regarding Krishna - Mahabharatha was also there before christ . The social "Krishna Movement" could be here and there in history due to fears in the society of "mass conversion" to other faiths. I have heard that in Kerala (south India) as early as 96 A.D christian missionaries were there and I happen to know an keralite christian who has told me of his "christian preceptors". The south indian " bala krishna" or child krishna movement (near udipi etc.) was it seems an answer to the "child jesus" concept which came from evangelists. It should be understood that any such "organized krishna movements" or any such organized movements are not characteristic of Hinduism in general. These movements are defensive activities to oppose the infiltration of other faiths, since "missionary" activities are not natural to hinduism". In general hinduism is traditionally tolerant and is not known to actively involve in propagation of faith. Of late, the only widespread somewhat missionary type of faith (hindu) is the Hare Rama Hare Krishna movement. This, I think is largely due to the fact that this movement was introduced in the west and the very same movement even though having its head quarters in Mayapur India, is not widespread in India. Krishna By the way does anyone know the date of "Srimad Bhagawatam" - it is post mahabharatha period but I am not sure how much later.