What is Krishna Consciousness? The Highest Form of Yoga | Prabhupada Lecture

Hello my dear readers, as you all know Krishna is a supreme personality of Godhead. We have heard this word “Krishna Consciousness”, many times and we also know that Krishna consciousness is the highest form of yoga. But what does it mean? So, in this post I’ll, sorry not me, Prubhupada itself (Founder of ISKON Foundation) will clear all our doubts about Krishna.

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Prabhupāda: who is Kṛṣṇa? Kṛṣṇa is historical personality. But He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

According to Vedic literature, we get information that God comes within all kinds of societies. Not only human society, but in animal society also. And why does He come? When does He come?

These descriptions that information is there in the Vedic literature very nicely, one has to study. Sometimes, people object that, “God cannot come as incarnation.” But we don’t agree with that point.

If we say that God cannot come, that means God becomes subjected to our order. He is so great and independence, so why He shall not come? If He like, He can come. We don’t agree to the philosophy that God cannot come. Why God cannot come?

If He is actually the great whatever He likes, He can do, that is God’s position.

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What is Krishna Consciousness

What is Kṛṣṇa consciousness? Yes. That is very important. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is described very nicely in the Bhagavad-gītā. Perhaps you know Bhagavad-Gītā. I understand you are reading Bhagavad-Gītā.

So Bhagavad-Gītā is the guide how to become Kṛṣṇa conscious. There is a statement by Kṛṣṇa Himself in the ninth chapter- “Just always think of me, become my devotee, always think of me. Worship me, offer obeisances unto me“.

These are the different processes how one can become Kṛṣṇa conscious.

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How does Kṛṣṇa consciousness differ from other yoga systems?

Yoga systems is also Kṛṣṇa consciousness. But the modern yoga system is a different manufacture of the latest atheist class of men.

They meditate upon something impersonal, void. That is very difficult. You cannot concentrate your mind on something void. That is simply troublesome.

It is stated in the Bhagavad-Gītā. Those who are attached to the impersonal void feature of the Absolute Truth, their process is very troublesome.

So, Kṛṣṇa has got the different features of his manifestations. The first feature is impersonal. The second feature is localized. The third feature is localized, but the Supreme.

So generally, the yogis, they try to concentrate on the impersonal feature. Actually they should have concentrated on the localized feature. The localized feature is called Paramātmā. And the impersonal feature is called brahman. And the personal feature is called Bhagavān. That is explained very nicely in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

The Absolute Truth is one. And personal, impersonal, and localized, the thing is one. But according to a different vision, in the beginning, it is impersonal, farther advanced it is localized and farther advanced it is personal.

So yoga system of the modern day, first of all I may say, most of them are not very bona fide. They are simply humbug.

Actual yoga system, aṣṭāṅga-yoga, is different status of practicing yoga, is not possible at the present day.

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What is the relationship between Christ and Kṛṣṇa?

That is very simple to understand. Christ repented himself, as son of God. So we have no objection to accepting as son of God..

In the Bible, Lord Christ said the only way to worship God is through me. Yes. That’s nice. Because unless you get association of a devotee, there is no question of God realization. So Jesus Christ was a devotee.

So one has to associate with a devotee before realization of God. But it is not that God has got only one devotee. If God is unlimited, he has unlimited devotees of God. That is real philosophy.

But the philosophy which was spoken by Lord Jesus Christ, that society was different from the society where Kṛṣṇa appeared and Kṛṣṇa spoke. Just like Kṛṣṇa spoke to Arjuna. And Jesus Christ spoke to some people in a desert.

So their status of life and their understanding is different. So the representative of God speaks according to the circumstances, according to the country, So it was good for the people at that time. They should have concentrated to Jesus Christ.

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Is Kṛṣṇa consciousness sectarian? Can anyone take it up? Can Christians take it up? Can Moslems take it up?

Yes, you can see practically. All our students here in the Western countries, they’re mostly coming from Christian group, Jewish group, and there are many Mohammedans also. And these Negros. All kinds of…everyone is welcome. That is stated in the Bhagavad-Gītā.

Although materially there is gradation of first class, second class, third class human society. But Kṛṣṇa is saying that anyone, that anyone who takes proper shelter of me, this is very important.

Proper shelter means to take shelter of Kṛṣṇa. But in the physical absence of Kṛṣṇa, one has to take shelter of Kṛṣṇa’s real representative. Then anyone who is understanding Kṛṣṇa’s philosophy, and he will be elevated to the highest platform of understanding.

FAQ

What is Krishna Consciousness?

There is a statement by Kṛṣṇa Himself in the ninth chapter- “Just always think of me, become my devotee, always think of me. Worship me, offer obeisances unto me“. This is Krishna consciousness.

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