I was thinking about the famous song by George Harrison called “Hare Krishna” and realized I didnt know anything about it. I did a search in these forums and catholic.com but didnt really find anything. I did a google and Krishna.com came up as one of the top and I decided to look through it.
Going into this I was under the impression this was a highly organized religion with a deep history rooted in India…as I read through the website it became clear to me this was paganism, specifically Hinduism repackaged for the West. If I were to speculate I would say it was the natural progression of Protestantism which paved the way for such confusion to come on the scene and be accepted.
Anyway, it is very clear that Krishna.com is targeting Christians, especially those disillusioned with the divisions surrounding them and searching for something to grab onto.
I clicked on the “teachings” link and read from there, here are my thoughts:
- They make references to “scriptures” and “God” for example:God primarily reveals Himself through scripture, and the scriptures know as the Vedas contain a vast amount of knowledge about God and reality
This is clearly aimed at people aware of terms like “scriptures” and “God” and they focus a lot on monotheism.
2)Under the heading of “We Souls” it says:Each of us is one of the innumerable spiritual souls who emanate from Krishna. Although both Krishna and we souls are spiritual, we can never be equal to Him. He is like the powerful sun, and we are like tiny particles of sunshine.
More stuff aimed at Christians while introducing new terms. In this case they give the impression “Krishna” and “God” (what Christians are used to hearing) are the same person. Under the “Krishna” heading it says “Krishna is the Supreme Person, the Godhead.”
3)In regards to a Heaven, in the topic of “Spiritual World” it says stuff like:The main feature of the spiritual world is that everyone there loves God (Krishna and His expansions) with the fullness of their being. When we purify our hearts and awaken our innate love for Krishna, we become qualified to enter the spiritual world to take up our eternal service to the Lord. Once attaining the spiritual world, we souls never have to return to the material world.
What they are describing is a sort of Christian Heaven with the words “spiritual world” substituted.
- This sounds similar to a Christian catechism “the Goal of Life”:The goal of human life is to re-awaken our original pure love for God, Krishna. We souls exist to have an intimate loving relationship with Him.
Awakening pure love for Krishna is perfection. Nothing else will satisfy us. …
More paganism repackaged to sound Christian.
5)Just when you thought this couldnt get any worse, they believe Krishna became incarnate in a body 500 years ago. To add to this, the “Hare Krishna Movement” wasnt founded until 1966 when someone named:
“Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada” from India comes to New York and “founded” this “movement”
6)The “FAQs” section is really interesting, especially the “Philosophy” part. Here are some noteworthy quotes:Are you Hindus?
…in a certain sense we are Hindus, but because of the misconceptions associated with the word, we prefer not to identify ourselves by that name.
What do you believe happens after we die?**
After we die we go into another body—material or spiritual, depending on our actions in this world.
The Vedic literature tells us that we souls can inhabit any of millions of forms of life, including aquatics, plants, insects, reptiles, birds, animals, and human beings. At the time of death, we leave one body and enter a new one. That is called reincarnation.
What are your beliefs about Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the son of God, and he sacrificed his life to spread the teachings of God. He is a powerful devotee of God and was an example of compassion, tolerance, and other qualities of a pure teacher. Those who sincerely follow his teachings will make spiritual progress. He taught the essence of Bhakti: to love God fully and to love others as His children.
Wow, pretty amazing.
Another “selling point” especially in modern Western society is the craze over yoga which a key part of this movement.
Any thoughts? Am I off on anything?
Also I would love to read Catholic Apologetics regarding this topic.