Is Krishna the One God?


Why is there no one God? Why do people of every religion say there is a different God according to their faith? Isn’t Krishna Parameshwar (God) from whom every one comes and goes at end? How can God be undefinable? In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna told that he is the causes of all causes and everything. So why we can’t we say Krishna is the Parameshwar who is the supreme being. Please explain to me.

—Saksham anand, India


Dear Saksham Anand,

In fact, all the masters tell us that there is only one God. However, people’s understanding and preferences are so varied that they see God in countless different ways.

In Gita, Krishna says he is the cause of all, because he had left behind all sense of separateness (all sense of “Krishna”) and merged with the great ocean of consciousness that is God. He was speaking from the state of oneness with Parameshwar, or Brahman, or Purushottama, or Yahweh, or Allah, or whatever name one prefers to use.

The same can be said of the Buddha, Jesus, Ramakrishna, Paramhansa Yogananda, and so many other great masters. They all became one with The One.

If some people prefer to think of God as Truth, or as Universe, or as Divine Mother, or so many other ways, are those not valid also? Of course they are; God is everything. The value of our individual concepts of God, different though they are, is that they help us relate better to God, in a way that each of us can understand. They can show us a direction of movement by which to get closer to God. You prefer Krishna, and that is excellent. Why not allow others to follow their differing inspirations?

We will all arrive at the same place, at a time determined, not by the “correctness” of our concepts, but by the depth of our devotion, attunement, and receptivity.