Gita 3:16

by Aranyakananda

To many, the most cherished of all verses in the Christian scripture is John 3:16, which reads “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:17 reads “For God did not send Him into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Taking a look at Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 3, verse 16-17 we find an interesting parallel. Taken from “Bhagavad-Gita As It Is” the translation by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, we find Lord Krishna telling his friend/devotee Arjuna the following:

16 “My dear Arjuna, one who in human life does not follow the prescribed cycle of sacrifice established by the Vedas certainly lives a life full of sin. Living only for the satisfaction of the senses, such a person lives in vain.”
17 “But for one who takes pleasure in the Self [definition: the universal, spiritual oneness, not the individual physical self] whose human life is one of Self realization, and is satisfied in the Self only, fully satiated – for him there is no duty.

Just as before Christ, the Jews were subject to the Law of the Old Testament, the Vedas were the original prescribed spiritual duties of what we call Hinduism. In these verses, Krishna is the Universal ideal, the Self. If His devotees take refuge in Him as their own True Self, then through Self-Realization, their is no longer sin, and one will quickly be absolved from the cycle of birth and death.

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