Several contextual similarities between Bhagwan Kritsna and Greek God Christos indicate their common origin. It is believed that due to the great reverence to Christos, the same name was conferred upon the great soul of Yehova Massiach of Nazareth, the son of God, Jesus Christ. What is important is not the name alone, but its potential to link and unite the world. Serious efforts are required in discovering the roots of religions and why they are so similar.
It is a human tendency to stick to conventional wisdom, that resembles inertia in physical analogy. Especially in religions, the change of notion also amounts to blasphemy entailing to severe punishment and social boycott. Blasphemy may be defined as the illogical and whimsical denouncement with intent to disrespect antagonistically, however, a logical research intended to discover truth and correct the basis of relgious notions should not be considered as blasphemy but further development of religions, and eventually that of humanity. Certain fundamentalists disregard religious similarities and possibilities of common roots of religion, mainly influenced by ego that emotionally binds them to their religion. Any equality with their religion is perceived as threat to its supremacy. Such fragility of human nature, or defensive psyche thwarts the discovery of universal truths and reunion of theologically separated world.
All religions have core similarities, although their current version may look different, due to misunderstanding created over thousand of years or shear focus on superficials not concepts. Sankhya version of Sanatan Dharma, Pre-Christian Western theologies, modern Christianity, Buddhism and even Islam are quite similar in principles but interpreted and therefore practiced differently. They all talk about the souls, respect for other souls, after life, ignorance, devil and dev, formlessness of God, Yog or trinity and such common themes. They all teach the concept of God as some almighty power, creator, provider and purifier, while the concept of devil connotes illusion, darkness and destruction. Which religion is aloof from these core principles? None! What differes them is the language, the names of their gods, the dress codes, rituals and such glib practices.
These differences propped up mainly due to the contemporary cultures, language and geological requirements. Conceptual similarity indicates their common roots. Many mysteries need to be unearthed and it would make the world a better living place. Sanatan Dharma being the most ancient, and comprising all the notions that have been talked about in any of the relgions, as sum total of all, seem to be the mother of all religions. It is the ensemble of every other religions as it covers all possible scenarious and human psyches and is designed to integrate them through strategies which they are comfortable with, thus the four paths of yoga.
In Arab, Europe, Mayan civilization and during pre-Christian Greek era, everywhere people believed in Pagan polytheism which ancient Indian society practised. Indian Gods are based on natural forces of Earth and other celestial creations, like Gods as solar system and forces of weather, skills, human traits, virtues and desires; they have parallels in Greek Gods. They all were under the kingship of another God, like God Zeus or Indra or Lord Brahma in hierarchical structure.
Christos was one of the pre-Christian Greek God who was anointed and Black like Bhagwan Kritsna. It is possible that Jesus Christ was reverently crowned as Christ based on Christos, as also postulated by some western Christians. An archaeological discovery in Jordan, a lead book approximately 2000 years old, very close to Jesus life time, and possibly written by someone who heard Jesus himself, has been deciphered to read that Jesus never wanted to initiate a new religion, but wanted to promulgate a religion which was thousands of years old and which revered a God with both Male-Female characteristics, similar to Ardhanareeshwar or Lord Shiva. Possibly Lord Christo, revered him, same as lord Rama and Kritsna revered Lord Shiva. Therefore, probabaly to honour him, and respecting his equality with Lord chrestos in certain sense, Jesus himself was accoloded with the title Christo. Thus becoming Jesus christ. Let us see some of the possible similarities between Kritsna, Christo and Christ.
Kritsna and Christos sound alike. What about Christianity - Does it not sound like Kritsna-Neety’, which means ‘the principles of Kritsna’? ISKCON has been advocating the same view for years. It looks logical for several reasons. Though it could be mere coincidences, but it is important to note qualitative similarities which offer more profound evidences.
Ishu means the Lord or the God in Sanskrit. Ishopanishad is one of the Indian Upanishads, a scripture dedicated to God. The word ‘Jesus’ is the Latin form of the Greek ‘Iesous’ (so close to Ieshu!), which in turn is the transliteration of the Hebrew Joshua or Joshua or Jehoshua, meaning ‘Jehovah is salvation’.
Although some say that Jesus came from Zeus, the Greek God. The proponent of this theory say G-ZEUS actually meant Hail ZEUS. But then from where was the word ‘Christ’ affixed to G-ZEUS? Ishu Kritsna completely matches to Ishu Christos, which became Jesus Christ and Kritsna-nity became Christianity. Let us understand it further.
Christ, the Anointed God existed before Jesus
Although very little information is available regarding Greek God Christos, however some of the similarities between God Christos and Bhagwan Kritsna are said to be:
Both were Black (or cyan). Iasis in Greek means to heal, Iesous Chreistos can be literally translated as the Black Healer. The root word associated with Iesous is based upon the healer God associated with Isis, who was a black deity. Such attributes were conferred on Jesus. Early images of Jesus are also shown as black.
Both Christos and Kritsna were anointed. Anointment - oiling of the body or dressing on the forehead - are rituals practiced in Bhaktiyog Sanatan Dharma even today. The Gods are bathed and oiled, and then, venerated with Tilak on their forehead, even worshippers wear Tilak. It is still the practice.
Ishu Christos is said to have respected women and treated them nicely, while often, in those times they were considered the objects of pleasure, and even enslaved and traded. Lord Kritsna was the saviour of women as well. He saved not only Draupadi but also saved 16,100 other women jailed by Narkasur.
Both are considered humane.
Both are said to be perfect - clearheaded, enlightened, and logical.
A website states that Christos is the Jewish designation of Messiah, the emancipator and so is Bhagwan Kritsna.
Paraphrasing from Source:
“The further name of Christ was originally Christos. Hesus Christos and Christos meant the Clear One, Enlightened One or Jesus the Enlightened One. The Christed entity had been traditionally recognized long before this time. The Greek had a character, whose name was Krestus and Krestus or krest meant the height or the top and there were the various other types of Christs.”
Note the various spellings and accents of Ishu/hesus/Isous and Christoes/Kristos etc. Thousands of years ago such variations were more natural, due to poor and delayed communication and record-keepings. Not only Christos but in general many Greek Gods draw parallels to Indian Gods attributively and functionally. For example:
King of God ZEUS had weapons of lightning or thunder. Exactly the same way, Lord Indra was the King of Gods and had the same weapons of thunder and lightening.
Apollo, the Sun God is like Suryadev
Ares the God of war is like Karthikeya
Artemis the Moon God is like Chandradev
Noas for Manu
Athena represents Dewi Durga’s three forms in one as Goddess of wisdom, wealth and war. As we know, Goddess called Druga too has three forms, as Dewi Saraswati for knowledge and wisdom, Goddess Laxmi for wealth, and Goddess Kali for war.
Thus, we see that several parallels already exist between Indian ancient mythologies and Greek Gods and so there is a strong possibility that Christos and Kritsna were the same.
Megasthenes during time of Alexander has mentioned about Herekles of Methora (Harikritsna of Mathura). This name is used in the West with phonetic aberrations. It has been established historical record. However, there is a possibility that like Megasthenes, another traveller might have taken the same God Christos to the West but not recorded.
Jesus’ name was given to the Holy Spirit posthumously
All Gods must be anointed before prayers begin and all devotees too – the process is called Tilak-Abhishek. It is notable that there are no accounts for Jesus Christ ever using anointment in his life then how could the accolades of Christ be attached to him? In the West, only Kings and priests were anointed as Christ.
Jesus during his lifetime did not get any recognition for his greatness. He was regarded as a spiritual King and Son of God years after his crucifixion. So the name Christ was probably a coronation to exalt him later. Some historians even claimed that Christos continued to be worshipped and Jesus became the medium, possibly because his ways and teaching matched to that of Christos. They both preached common messages:
Both Jesus and God Christos or Bhagwan Kritsna spread the message of Goodness. They gave the common message of love and respect for all, egalitarian and utilitarian outlook, importance of knowledge and cognition of devil-in-disguise causing illusions, and to emancipate self and the society by acts of altruism.
They preached the unseen spirit realm - the domain of God and His created beings.
God has many attributes: He is holy, sinless, righteous, sovereign, just, loving, merciful, eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.
God, the Father, is worth knowing like Brahm-gyan, i.e. the knowledge of Brahm..
God can be known through Father and through His Son Jesus Christ. It is similar to Guru Shishya tradition; knowledge is passed on through disciples. In SBG, Bhagwan Kritsna says that the knowledge was passed on from him to the Sun, then to Manu and Manu to Ikshvaku and so on… through Guru Shishya tradition.
God showed His love by becoming a man, Jesus Christ. Its similar to Avatar concept of Indian Gods, like Kritsna is a Purna Avatar of Bhagwan Vishnu.
Concept of Trinity in Christianity is akin to concept of Yog. Such that the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit are one and the same, similar to the concept of universality of Atma, Purusha and Para. Son in Christianity connotes to the people born as humans and father for the God and above him is the Holy Spirit, the Para. These divine structure matches to Indian concept of souls, supreme souls and the Para, as reflected in symbol of AUM too. The creator of all physical andmetaphysical entities is ‘Papa, or the Holy spirit in chrsitianity’. Every soul is a subset of the universal consciousness, called Purusha, which is given slightly different analogy in chrsitianity and calls them fathr and the son. Thus, the philosophy of Yog has its parallel in Trinity of Christianity.
There is a strong possibility that Sanyasis from India travelled to the West carrying spiritual knowledge, then got lost in oblivion. Some also claim that Jesus Christ came to India near Kashmir and learn spirituality here, before taking it back to his people in the West. No wonder, his preachings, match the Indian scriptures so much. Theses intricate truth require serious research, as it holds tremendous potential to unite the world, which is otherwise divided for many reason, religion being one of the most important one. As an author I approached a christian publication to publish this book which is primarily Bhagwad Gita explained logically. They send regret, saying that they publish only the Christian literature. Imagine if the research proves tomorrow that Indian ancient religion and chrsitianity had the same origin, would it not become a chrstian work as well. Their heart might sink. Ego at work, some may not even accept it at all, even refrain from researching it, although it may holds tremendous socio-psychological value to billions on earth.
Sanatan Dharma talks about Prakriti, the nature, as God which manipulates people, and cause illusion. According to Terence Fretheim, many of the Psalms indicate that God is active in nature and intimately involved in every aspect of the natural order. The Psalms suggest that all creations, not merely human beings were witness to the glory of God. Thus, they do talk of Prakriti - the-nature as well, though intricate metaphysical details are not there.
Following mentions are from website http://www.seekingtruth.co.uk/trinity.pdf, which are similar to the concepts in Srimad Bhagwad Gita.
There is only one God, like Brahm. Gen 1.2: The Spirit of God (later referred to as the Holy Spirit) was present at the time of creation.
Jn 1.1: It is stated the word (Christ) was present at the start of creation and that He ‘was God’, a concept similar to Brahm, which is represented by Bhagwan Kritsna in SBG.
Jn 8.58: Jesus states that he was in existence before Abraham (connotes to his eternal existence) similar to Lord Kritsna as he told Arjun that he remembers all his previous births and forwarded knowledge to sun and then to Manu. Moreover, the first-person language ‘I am’ is used, similar to Srimad Bhagwad Gita narrated by Bhagwan Kritsna in the first person language representing Brahm, says that he existed even before the creations.
Jn 10.30: Jesus says, ‘He and the Father are one’ – another claim of equality with the Father. Note that Father, son and Holy Spirit are the same. It points out the union of those born with the soul of God and hence the concept of Yog is found in Christianity too.
Jn 14.23: Jesus clearly links Himself with the Father (using the plurality ‘Our’) as though they are one being. Again, a concept of Yog.
2 Cor 13.14: Paul links God (the Father) with Jesus and the Holy Spirit in a benediction.
Col 1.15-19: This text claims Jesus Christ (with the Father – see other texts) created all things and holds all things together. Some take the term ‘first born of all creation’ (v15) to imply that Jesus was the first of all created beings, like Bhagwan Kritsna in SBG says how Brahm created everything seen and unseen.
As most of concepts are similar to Sanatan Dharma, this sends out a very strong signal that the teachings of Christianity as delivered by Jesus Christ, were truly a follow up of 2000-3,000 year-old traditional teachings in the East.
Last, but not the least, there are several evidences, though not fully accepted by the West that suggest that Jesus Christ during his early days travelled to Kashmir and stayed and learnt spirituality through Gurus, which he called ‘travel of knowledge through Father and son tradition’ (possibly reflecting to Guru-Shishya tradition in East). It is further said that after his resurrection, he went missing because he went back to Kashmir in India and died there.
Sanatan Dharma Hindus and Christianity traditions till today:
Many Sanskrit words were tongue twisters for the West and went through a bit of phonetic malapropism, such as:
pitar (Sanskrit), pater (Latin), pater (Greek);
bhratar (Sanskrit), frater (Latin), phrater (Greek);
Greek word trias (’three’) is close to trayas and tres;
Greek word pente (‘five’) is close to Sanskrit panca (‘five’)
Shet for six from Shesth in Sanskrit,
Sapt for seven from sapt in Sanskrit,
Octo for eight from Ashta in Sanskrit,
Nouve for nine from Novam,
Dush for tenth from Dasham,
Latin and Spanish countings are from Sanskrit.
Various Names of people, Dev, Raul, Neil, Arjen, Aiden, Janarden, Svetlana, Agnia, Icha, sara etc are from or similar to Ancient Indian names.
All the above examples indicate towards a strong possibility that two words in the name of Jesus Christ were a malapropism of Ishu Kritsna. Christianity is an offshoot from Sanatan Dharma itself, akin to Bhaktiyog. The onomastic review of Jesus Christ and Christianity should be carried out in an open manner.