Is Shri Krishna the Supreme Lord

God appears in innumerable different forms from the Vedic scriptures (Vedas) as Avatar or as Incarnations are designated. However, it would be a mistake to think that God is different depending on the country or culture in which He appears. Just as the sun is the same - regardless of whether it shines with reduced strength at the North Pole or in full strength at the equator - God remains the same. It depends on our point of view how we perceive the sun and it also depends on us how we can perceive God.

In many ways, it is basically no wonder that so many peoples have worshiped the sun and light as gods. Because the highest personality of God has a lot in common with the sun. And not just in a metaphysical sense.

Although there is only one sun, it is perceived in many different forms. There is the weak polar sun, the burning desert sun, the glowing equatorial sun, the summer sun, the winter sun, the morning sun, the evening sun, etc. Although there is only one single sun, it is described differently according to its appearance. The summer sun and the winter sun are completely the same sun, but there are differences, just like the morning and evening sun. The summer sun is z. B. hotter than the winter sun and the morning sun glows brighter and warmer than the evening sun, which is about to set. It is similar with the manifestations of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although the Lord is one, He is not perceived in just one form.

Incarnation as Ramachandra

Just as we play several different roles in the course of our lives or even at the same time, so too does the Supreme Personality of Godhead appear in many forms. Just as we can be mother or father, son or daughter, employee or department head at the same time. Some people know us as mothers or fathers, others as bosses, still others as teachers, as lover or lover, as a child, as an adult, as an old man ... and yet we are always the same. Similarly, although He is only one, the Lord appears to people in various forms. This example shows that a certain similarity between ordinary people and the Supreme Personality of Godhead cannot be denied. However, the Lord is by no means an ordinary person. This is evident in his characteristics and wonderful deeds as described in the revealed scriptures.

The Vedas or Vedas know to report countless incarnations (appearances of the Supreme Personality of Godhead). The scriptures of the Vedas and the great scholars and saints of the Vedic tradition declare that of all known appearances the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna which is the original and therefore the highest. In our example with the sun, Krishna is the most perfect manifestation or knowledge of the sun. It is the original sun from which all other "suns" - winter sun, summer sun, polar sun, etc. - emanate. The properties of the other "suns" are all also present in Krishna and are also manifested in His activities.

My god is greater than your god

Incarnation as Narasimha

We live in what the Vedas describe as the age of strife and hypocrisy. In this age the earth is populated by people whose main characteristics are not exactly noble. Many people look for excuses to gain power over others and to exploit them or just to quarrel and fight with one another. These pretexts are often nationalistic, but are also taken from the religious or cultural context.

There are many people today who are convinced that they alone know the only real God. It's like saying that the sun over Europe is the only correct one and that the "suns" elsewhere are man-made lies. Others say again that there is no God at all. They are like people in the night who, because they cannot see the sun, believe that there is no sun. A night without the sun is not possible at all. Still others say everyone is God. They are like people who think that every firefly, because it also has a certain brightness, is just as good as the sun. But how can a firefly, whose power comes from the sun, be equated with the sun? Even the revealed scriptures are falsified and misused to justify some hair-raising ideologies. However, truly religious and God-conscious people are characterized by tolerance, wisdom, righteousness, non-violence, humility, righteousness, charity, charity, renunciation, peacefulness and many other good qualities. You don't need to pretend or quarrel like cats and dogs. They accept all their fellow creatures as children of the Supreme Lord, of whom they themselves are humble servants, and they also respect and forgive those who harm them.

Is everything god?
Indeed, in the Vedic traditions there are statements that everything Brahman (the absolute truth or God) is. There is nothing but Brahman, God, and so everything is God. These statements are correct, but sometimes misunderstood, and some people even go so far as to mistakenly worship or designate themselves or any other ordinary person as God.

The supersensible world behind the sensible world transcends the human spirit.

Everything is the Supreme Personality of Godhead because everything is related to the Lord. Similar to how the sun and its energy (light and warmth) are related to the whole world. Just as a plant consists of transformed solar energy, but is not the sun itself, the world, individual souls etc. are at the same time one and different from the Supreme Personality of Godhead. A tree consists of leaves, flowers, fruits, branches and a trunk. But although leaves, fruits, branches etc. do not make up the actual tree by themselves, and as such are not referred to as a tree, they are all inseparable parts of the tree. All is not God, although everything is God. "All beings are in Me, but I am not in them," explains Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita (9.4). The essence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead exceeds the limits of human comprehension.

Is there really a god?
Freedom is the basis of our life; it is our soul, so to speak. If we didn't have freedom, we would be like machines. If the Supreme Lord forced us to do what is good, to believe what is right, etc., even if it is only for our own good, He would take our freedom and with it our lives. Then we would be nothing more than a high-tech robot, a kind of Tamagotchi on two legs.

Because of the freedom we have been granted, we can always say: I don't think so. Even if the Lord stood before us in person and let the sky fall on our heads, we could still say, I don't think so. It all has a 'very natural explanation'. Nobody can believe us. Thank heaven! Imagine if there was a way to make us believe everything that is said in advertisements.

Even so, it can be very difficult to gain trust and faith in God because it requires the Lord's mercy. Yet the Lord is completely free and independent. He is under no obligation to face us. For this one must first qualify, similar to how one must first have fulfilled certain characteristics and preconditions in order to receive an audience with high-ranking personalities. The revealed scriptures and the Saints tell us what these preconditions and properties are. The Supreme Lord cannot be compelled by us. He reveals Himself of His own free will.

The Krishna child in Vrindavan
(c) Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Lord Krishna
Krishna appeared in the village about 5000 years ago as the son of a cowherd Vrindavan in present day India. He spent His childhood and adolescence there and was then taken to the city of Mathura, where He was named ksatriyawho lived a Vedic ruler and warrior. How He helped the Pandavas regain their kingdoms is shown in the Mahabharata, the greatest epic tale in the world. The Bhagavad-gita, one of the most famous writings of the Vedas, is a chapter from the Mahabharata. The description of Krishna's childhood and youth can be found in the Puranas. These descriptions of the games and deeds of the Krishna child hold the highest and most wonderful secrets of spirituality and they are the mastery of the Vedas. Nowhere is anything similar reported. Only the followers of Jesus Christ have an inkling of this most wonderful and highest of all treasures, the Krishna child in the garden of Vrindavan, which is reflected in the Christ child. The most important of the Puranas is that Srimad Bhagavatam.

In order to understand the wonderful works of Krishna, one needs at least a basic knowledge of the Vedic culture and a solid spiritual understanding. Otherwise they will be misunderstood. It must be advised against not engaging in particular with Krishna's childhood and youth games without appropriate preparation. All of this is an enormously extensive subject that cannot possibly even be adequately summarized here. Let it be on the splendid translations of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada referenced, which are also available in German. In order to understand Krishna as He really is, one should Bhagavad-gita as it is (German | English) to study. This book is like a key to the Vedas. Only when the Bhagavad-gita is somewhat understood can one also understand the more demanding books. The mindset and tradition of theistic Vedic culture is quite different from our western culture.