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In the Bhagavad Gita is Krishna the Christ?

Asked by whitetigress (3129points) November 11th, 2011

I remember hearing that Krishna is Christ, and although Jesus Christ never made it physically to the land of India I wonder if the Hindu’s believe Jesus Christ to be the Krishna.

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sneezedisease's avatar

I don’t think so. I’m no expert but wouldn’t that make them christians?

Rarebear's avatar

Short answer is no. They’re not related.

AstroChuck's avatar

The Hindu faith far predates Christianity. It predates Judaism as well.

thorninmud's avatar

It’s not quite that simple. Krishna is seen as an avatar (manifestation) of the supreme deity VIshnu, sent to fulfill a particular purpose. Jesus is considered by many Hindus to have a similar status—an avatar of God sent to play a specific role. They consider that his message was in perfect harmony with that of other such saints in their tradition.

So perhaps you could say that Hindus would consider them different manifestations of the same divinity.

Coloma's avatar

My sweet lord, hare hare, krishna krishna….Damn, sorry, the Lennon song just came to mind

Short answer no. @thorninmud sinks it. :-)

Qingu's avatar


However: many religions, including Christianity and Hinduism, have syncretistic streaks. In other words, they try to absorb the legends of other religions by portraying them as part of their own “true” religion. So I’m sure Christian missionaries, when encountering Hindus and their ideas about Vishnus avatars, tried to portray Jesus as an avatar. Similarly, Hindus believe that the Buddha is actually an avatar of Vishnu (hilariously though, they turn this idea on his head since according to Hinduism, Vishnu became Buddha in order to trick people into believing a false religion because heaven was getting overcrowded!)

In Islam, Jesus is portrayed as a Muslim and a follower of Allah. Really any religion or cult worth its salt is going to try to portray famous figures from other religions as somehow followers of its own.

@AstroChuck, the Bhagavad Gita is actually probably contemporaneous with the New Testament, plus or minus a few centuries. Also the earliest Hindu text (the Rg Veda) probably was composed about the same time as the earliest texts of the Old Testament, (plus or minus a few centuries too).

filmfann's avatar

@Coloma Would that be the Harrison song?

Krishna has the same role as Jesus, but beyond that, no.

AstroChuck's avatar

@Qingu- Hardly a contemporary of the NewTestament. The Gita was composed between the 5th and 2nd centuries BCE, the gospels of the New Testament are from the late 1st century AD.

Coloma's avatar

@filmfann Touche! I JUST put on that Harrison CD..oops. Mea culpa.;-)

whitetigress's avatar

Hey guys, found some juicy material. I actually was listening to My Sweet Lord by George Harrison that made me thing of this. I was curious as to how George was singing about the “Lord” and it reminded me of Christianity in a sense. But Christ is deeply rooted as ones personal Lord and Savior. So I thought of out George learned about Hinduism and found out that later on that the Hindu’s to recognize Jesus Christ. Maybe not as, the God, but of God for sure.

Qingu's avatar

@AstroChuck, when I studied the Mahabharata in college I was told it was probably composed sometime between 300 BC to 300 AD (the Gita is part of the Mahabharata). Fuzzy dates all around though.

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