Refuting Krishna Myth Parallelism To Christianity

I would recommend you to first read, Refuting Mithra and Attis Myth Parallelism To Christianity, because I will not repeat some of the obvious errors that Copy-Cat Myth lovers commit.

Krishna

In this article, I set to bust another claim, that refute Copy-Cat Theory myth. Krishna is claimed to have being crucified, died and rose again in three days just like Christian story. But a simple read of original documents tells another story:

The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa; translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli(published between 1883 and 1896) records the following accounts:

“A fierce hunter of the name of Jara then came there, desirous of deer. The hunter, mistaking Keshava, who was stretched on the earth in high Yoga, for a deer, pierced him at the heel with a shaft and quickly came to that spot for capturing his prey. Coming up, Jara beheld a man dressed in yellow robes, rapt in Yoga and endued with many arms. Regarding himself an offender, and filled with fear, he touched the feet of Keshava. The high-souled one comforted him and then ascended upwards, filling the entire welkin with splendour. When he reached Heaven, Vasava and the twin Ashvinis and Rudra and the Adityas and the Vasus and the Viswedevas, and Munis and Siddhas and many foremost ones among the Gandharvas, with the Apsaras, advanced to receive him. Then, O king, the illustrious Narayana of fierce energy, the Creator and Destroyer of all, that preceptor of Yoga, filling Heaven with his splendour, reached his own inconceivable region. Krishna then met the deities and (celestial) Rishis and Charanas, O king, and the foremost ones among the Gandharvas and many beautiful Apsaras and Siddhas and Saddhyas. All of them, bending in humility, worshipped him. The deities all saluted him, O monarch, and many foremost of Munis and Rishis worshipped him who was the Lord of all. The Gandharvas waited on him, hymning his praises, and Indra also joyfully praised him.”(Mahabharata, Book 16: Mausala Parva Section 4)

“Hear now, O king, what those ascetics, attempted to be thus deceived, said: ‘This heir of Vasudeva, by name Samva, will bring forth a fierce iron bolt for the destruction of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas. Ye wicked and cruel ones, intoxicated with pride, through that iron bolt ye will become the exterminators of your race with the exception of Rama and Janarddana. The blessed hero armed with the plough will enter the ocean, casting off his body, while a hunter of the name of Jara will pierce the high-souled Krishna while lying on the ground.’(Mahabharata, Book 16:  Moussaka Parva Section 1)

Jara, the hunter shot and pierce Krishna on the heel with an arrow, mistaking him with a deer. Mmh! What a crucifixion! Krishna dies and his soul directly ascend to heaven. Where are the three days? Where is the claimed resurrection?

W.J. Wilkins writes in his book, Hindu Mythology,

A messenger from the gods now visited Krishna, telling him that, as his work was done, he should ascend to his home. This he was quite willing to do; but, wishing to save his race from the threatened destruction, advised the Yādavas to forsake their city and go to Prabhāsa. By his advice he unintentionally hastened their end; for on reaching the seashore they indulged in liquor and began to fight violently amongst themselves, and for arms seized the rushes which sprang from the dust of the fatal club that came from Sāmba. Krishna and Balarāma trying to make peace between the combatants only led to their swifter destruction, until at last the two brothers were left alone of their race. Whilst sitting and talking on the banks of a river, a serpent crawled out of Balarāma’s mouth—the serpent Sesha, of which he was an incarnation, and so his end was come. Krishna, left alone, sat meditating, with his foot upon his knee, when the hunter Jara, armed with the fatal arrow, passed by, and taking Krishna for a deer, shot him, and thus his death was unwittingly caused by the last part of the cursed club. Jara, seeing his mistake, fell at Krishna’s feet and asked forgiveness, to whom Krishna said, “Fear not thou in the least. Go, hunter, through my favour to heaven, the abode of the gods.” Immediately a celestial car appeared, in which the man ascended to heaven; and Krishna abandoned his mortal body.(Hindu Mythology, Vedic and Puranic, by W.J. Wilkins, [1900] p 217-8)

Krishna abandoned his mortal body as he ascended to heaven. This is not resurrection, because the Jews understand of resurrection is that the mortal body will be arisen up as it is transformed to immortal. This is why Jews kept their dead ones bones.

No resurrection! Another Copy-Cat Theory failure, Myth in deed.

Benjamin Walker in his book, The Hindu World: An Encyclopedic Survey of Hinduism provides an answer. After tracing similarities related to the birth, childhood, and divinity of Jesus, as well as the late dating of these legendary developments in India, “[t]here can be no doubt that the Hindus borrowed the tales [from Christianity], but not the name.”(Licona, op. cit., quotes Benjamin Walker, The Hindu World: An Encyclopedic Survey of Hinduism, Vol. 1 (New York: Praeger, 1983), 240-241)

Who is copying who? For Copy-Cat theory to work, Christians need to copy Hindus but it is not so. Again we see that the Copy-Cat Theory is just another failed attempt to undermine Christianity.

Myth busted!

Brilliant works from deferent scholars on this subject can be found here: Were Bible stories and characters stolen from pagan myths?

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4 thoughts on “Refuting Krishna Myth Parallelism To Christianity

  1. If you don’t know to quote from bonafide sources, you shouldn’t speak all that comes to your whimsical mind.

    Some guy comes out with some funny, weird and irrational interpretation of history as mythology to support his BIASED PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS and others follow illogically.

    FYI, if you are so sure that KRISHNA is mythology, then check out http://www.saraswatifilms.org/movies.php . Also, find out about the missing years of Jesus in his life history.

    If you want to find out the depth of HIndu (or) Christian scriptures, try practicing SINCERELY WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART BY SURRENDERING TO THE PROCESS and observe if it leads you the mentioned results.

    There is NO USE going to a temple or church or mosque in the weekend and begging forgiveness for mistakes one commits and start doing the same nonsense again from the start of the next week. If you are following a BONAFIDE PROCESS, you will change internally and stop committing sins.

    Unless one finds the change in the state of consciousness, he/she is just CHEATING (him/her)self in the name of following RELIGION. You will be able to know about a bonafide religion for yourself IF YOU ARE SINCERELY following and experiencing the said results. Otherwise, if you want to get cheated, even God doesn’t interfere with your free will.

    For even more answers, ask questions like ‘What does Christ (or) Allah (or) Krishna do in his place (be it paradise (or) any other spiritual world)’ and find out answers from scriptures of corresponding religions and compare all of them? It will tell you about the depth of knowledge in various religious scriptures.

    Hope this helps and thanks for letting me comment!

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