Comparing Krishna and Christ

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This article is primarily based on Chapter 2 of Fomenko’s Krishna and Buddha (2016). It contains my summary of the chapter, as well as some of my commentary.

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Fomenko’s main source is the “Father of the Krishna Consciousness Movement”, Abhaya Caranāravinda Bhaktivedānta Svāmi’s Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead (1970). AC Bhaktivedānta Svāmi primarily uses the Bhagavad-Gita and the Srimad-Bhagavatam.

The concise list of comparisons is as follows:

Names

1 – The names of Christ and Krishna are considerably similar. The word Christ allegedly descends from the Greek word Christos. The word Krishna in Greek is the same as Christos. “A colloquial Bengali rendering of Krishna is ‘Kristo’, which is the same as the Spanish for Christ — ‘Cristo’.” [2]

Births and Family

2 – Both Christ and Krishna temporarily become God incarnate, “God as man”. Also both are considered to be God.

3 – Both Christ and Krishna are born into royal bloodlines.

4 – The Indian Mathura is closely related to the Biblical Jerusalem, the respective homes of Krishna and Christ. Both are said to have been located in a tactical position and to have been beautiful and wealthy cities.

5 – Krishna’s human parents are Vasudeva and Devaki, Christ’s are Joseph and the Virgin Mary. The wedding of the two parties is compared.

6 – A king tries to kill Christ/Krishna while they are very young. A comparison is between King Kamsa and King Herod and their actions.

7 – Both King Kamsa and King Herod are warned by an ominous happening about the arrival of Krishna and Christ. In the story of Kamsa, it is reported as a mysterious voice. In the story of Herod, it is reported as a heavenly star.

8 – Joseph, Mary, and Christ flee; Vasudeva and Krishna flee. Devaki stays imprisoned. This flight is due to persecution from the king.

9 – The stories of both characters include the appearance of an important figure or important figures who visit the king and the baby. Both stories have the visiting party go to the king and then the child.

*Personal note: As has been noted in other works on the New Chronology, the 3 magi may have originally been a visiting member of royalty with his mother and military official. This may be why only 1 major figure is mentioned in the Indian epic, as the other two are related to him.

10 – Both births are preceded by significant celestial events. In Christ’s story, there is a heavenly star which signifies the birth. Krishna’s sign is more extravagant, where the planets align to mark the birth.

11 – Both births are in a dark, cold, and uncomfortable place. Krishna’s takes place in a prison, and Christ’s in a cave.

12 – Both of the conceptions are immaculate, where God supernaturally impregnates the female. Both of the births are unusual. Possibly both are distorted reports on a C-section. Both births are also done in the utmost secrecy, fearing for their lives.

13 – Both Krishna and Christ has foster fathers. In Krishna’s case, the foster father is Nanda. In Christ’s, the foster father is Joseph.

14 – Both characters have an older close relative. This is either a brother, cousin, 2nd cousin, etc. Krishna’s is Balarama. Christ’s is John the Baptist.

Baptism and Fights Against Evil

15 – Christ and John’s baptism and Krishna and Balarama’s river purification. Both stories here include the key character fully submerged in the river, which results in a purification. The stories both include heavenly signs and inspire new traditions. Here, Garuda is compared to the Holy Spirit. Both described as avian types.

16 – The characters both fight and win against a great evil. Krishna battles Kali and Christ battles the devil. Both heroes defeat their enemy, but release it to see another day.

Entry into the Capital

17 – In the stories of the arrival of Christ/Krishna into Jerusalem/Mathura, crowds of people flocked to see them. Both Christ/Krishna were recognized as kings to the common people but recognized as common people by the royals.

*Personal note: there is a difference in age between the two characters upon their arrival. Krishna was a pre-teen while Christ is a fully grown man. I think this leads to later differences in the story where Krishna directly kills Kamsa and Christ/God kills Herod indirectly. The Gospel story about the death of the King is much less descriptive than its Indian counterpart.

18 – A confrontation occurs upon arrival. Krishna fights in the market, Christ fights in the temple that is practically a market. Both events report members of the enemy party running from the scene.

19 – The Indian epic reports Krishna meeting a hunchback that has a dish/incense who ends up cleaning him, smelling his feet, and being cleaned of her own desires. This is compared to Mary cleaning the feet of Jesus. Additionally, Krishna goes about improving the body of the hunchback to make her form perfect. This is compared to Christ casting the demons out of Mary and curing her from disease. After this, the woman becomes a loyal companion of Christ/Krishna.

20 – A comparison is made between the violent conflict that breaks out between the supporters and haters of Christ and Krishna. Fomenko notes the similarities between the broken bow of Krishna and the broken bow of Andronicus I Komnenos. I think potentially a lighter version is included in Matthew 26:50-52.

Victory over Struggle

21 – The events of Christ being crucified and Krishna fighting in the victim arena are compared. Large crowds of all types of people are reported to have been gathered to witness the event. Both of the key figures are brutally beaten and trampled prior to their victory. Both reports say that the key figure is covered in blood, showing the goriness of the event. The location of the event is notably similar. It begins in a lower arena and ends in a higher area. Both figures appear to their people to be witnessed, but also confusion ensues shortly after this event about the whereabouts of the figure.

Extras from Fomenko

22 – Christ and Krishna are called Teacher and Sage, respectively. Both are considered sources of great knowledge. In some cases they are both considered the sources of all knowledge.

For example: Krishna reportedly says in the Bhagavad Gita, “I am the way, come to Me…Neither the multitude of gods nor great sages knows my origin, for I am the source of all the gods and great sages”. In the Gospels, Christ is reported to have said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well…”

23 – Shakespeare’s Gadfly and the Indian Bumblebee. A comparison is made here between the gadfly being a mockery of the holy spirit and the bumblebee being a poetic messenger for Krishna. Both stories include the (sometimes yellow) insect delivering a message (sometimes twice in both instances) to a lone young woman who is close to Krishna/Christ.

Extras from Others

The following comparisons are ones which I found online which I don’t know if Fomenko was aware of when writing his book. Some are similar to the points above, but vary slightly and so are included here.

24 – A comparison is made between the murdered bodies of Krishna and Christ being hung on a tree. Additionally, there are references to Krishna being shown with holes in his hands, feet, and side resulting from crucifixion.

25 – The foster-fathers of C/K are both reported to have been in the city to pay taxes at the time of the child’s birth.

26 – The foster-fathers of C/K are both reported to have been carpenters.

27 – Both Christ and Krishna are reported to have been placed in a manger-basket after birth.

28 – A comparison is made between Christ reportedly saying, “if you had faith as a mustard seed you would say to the mountain uproot yourself and be cast into the ocean” and Krishna himself reportedly uprooting a small mountain.

29 – Jesus was called the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah”. Krishna was called the “Lion of the Tribe of Saki”.

30 – Both of them claim to have existed prior to their births as humans.

31 – Both were called Savior.

32 – Both were the second person of a Trinity.

33 – Both of them share a common early miracle being that they both cleanse a leper of leprosy.

34 – Both encounter a Gentile woman at a well.

35 – Both had a last supper.

36 – Both forgave their enemies.

37 – Both were considered merciful and meek.

38 – Both were looked down on for associating with “sinners”.

39 – Both were considered omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.

40 – “Both selected disciples to spread his teachings.”

41 – Christ is considered a “shepherd”. Krishna is considered a “cowherd”.

42 – Both descended into hell and were resurrected. People saw them ascend into heaven.

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There does seem to me to be significant parallels between certain parts of the stories about Krishna and Christ. Fomenko continues drawing comparisons of Krishna to other characters in his Chapter 2, but they are not included in this article because this article focuses on the comparisons between the stories of Krishna and Christ.

To my knowledge, Kersey Graves (1813-1883) compiled the greatest number of comparisons between Christ and Krishna. The total count of his adds up to 346 common elements between the two characters. While some of these have been debunked, the majority remain.

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References;

1 – http://chronologia.org/kak7_budda_krishna/index.html

2 – https://www.learnreligions.com/christ-krishna-connection-1770450

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