And Thou Shalt Have No Strange Gods Before Me

God is one.
God is one.

by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


Many religious people find difficulty explaining other religious systems and finding the essence of all religions. His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the greatest exponent of the original Vedic knowledge in the world solves tha apparent contradictions in this memorable exchange.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada -the spiritual master of the Hare Krsna movement
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada -the spiritual master of the Hare Krsna movement

Guest (3): All right, furthermore, I have another question. All right? This is actually a statement which comes from the Bible, which is one... If you'll pardon me, I'm going to refer to it. The Supreme Lord... It is said, "I am the Lord, thy God." And I am not meaning who I am, we are, standing here (?). That is the statement of the Supreme Lord. "And thou shalt have no strange gods before Me. You must not make images or idols to bow to or worship in any other way. You may worship no other god than Me?" Well, then how is it that...?

Prabhupāda: But that is not any other way. You have to worship God. I have to worship God. Then where is any other way? Worshiping God is there, either you or in me. So where is other? There is no difference. The worship of God is there. I worship God; you worship God. You follow Bible; I follow Bhagavad-gītā. But the worship of God is there. Where is the difference? Why do you make difference?

Guest (3): Well, churches...

Prabhupāda: I eat; you eat. Eating is there. So in your country I eat in different way; I eat in different way. But eating must be there. Similarly, worship of God must be there. Either you worship through Bible or Bhagavad-gītā, but worship of God must there. That is wanted.

Guest (3): Yes.

Prabhupāda: Then that done, finish. Then there is no question of deter... Just like here we are hundreds of men. We are differently dressed but that does not mean that we are not human being.

Guest (3): No, I see no cause to...

Prabhupāda: Yes. So then there is no question. When there is, worship of God is there, either in the Bible or in Bhagavad-gītā, then there is no controversy.

Guest (3): So if there's a new religion in the world, which may come, you know, so if that happens, then the...

Prabhupāda: It is not new religion. Why you take it new? We say worship of God. That is not new. That is very, very old.

Guest (3): All right, but why I say is because it is new to a lot of people who have been brought up...

Prabhupāda: That is up to you. You may accept or not accept. There are different kinds of dresses in the shop. Why you have accepted this kind of dress? But you must be dressed. That is wanted. You may make your choice in a different way than myself, but you must be dressed as a gentleman. Similarly, worship of God must be there. Either you do it in Christian way or Hindu way, that doesn't matter.

Guest (3): All right, well, then does that mean that you assume or propose that the world would all become one in one religion?

Prabhupāda: Yes, God is one, and if you worship God, then it is one.

Guest (3): All right, but then men differ in different...

Prabhupāda: Differ? That I have already explained that there are so many dresses. You have got particular dress. You like it. But that does not mean that you are not dressed.

Guest (3): I don't say... No, I wouldn't go about... But the point I'm trying to make is that you call God Kṛṣṇa. Christians call God by whatever name they call God. (laughter) The point is...

Prabhupāda: Christian? Christian have... I don't think that they have any particular name of God.

Guest (3): All right, then Christ...

Prabhupāda: So if you, if you get... Suppose you have heard the name of the..., "There is a president," but if you hear from somebody, "The president name is this," so what is the harm? You become advanced in knowledge. Suppose you go to a country. You know that that government has got a president. But if somebody says, "The president's name is this," then where is the wrong there?

Guest (3): Nothing wrong.

Prabhupāda: Then? You do not know the name of God, but if I give you the name of God, what is the wrong there?

Guest (3): Well, the point is, as I said before, that there is one God and that I suggest...

Prabhupāda: Yes, one God is there, but you do not know what is His name. That is the difficulty.

Guest (3): I un... I know, all right.

Prabhupāda: That you say. What is that name? You say me.

Guest (3): The point is that I would like to suggest...

Prabhupāda: No, no suggestion. God names cannot be suggested. Then He is not God. God's name cannot be suggested. Then He's not God. You cannot suggest God's name.

Guest (3): Well, then you make God into a person called Kṛṣṇa.

Prabhupāda: God is person. I have already said. It is described in the dictionary, "the Supreme Being." You are being, I am being, but He is the Supreme Being. You are not Supreme; I am not Supreme.

Guest (3): One Supreme Being, just one.

Prabhupāda: Yes, one. Supreme means one. Otherwise there is no meaning of Supreme.


Bhagavad-gītā 9.1 -- Melbourne, April 19, 1976



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