By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
“What is your opinion of Lord Jesus Christ?” and I said, “He preached God consciousness. He’s our guru. Anyone who preaches the message of God, he is guru.” So they very much appreciated, and actually it is so. A Vaishnava who is preaching – it may be in a different way, according to time and place and the party—they have to change something, deśa-kāla-pātra—but we have to see the essence – Wherever there is God consciousness, wherever is there understanding… Just like we sometimes consult dictionary, a small dictionary, pocket dictionary, and a big international dictionary. Both of them are dictionaries. But according to time, deśa-kāla-pātra, for a small child, there is small dictionary – that is sufficient. Higher mathematics and lower class mathematics… But two plus two is always the same – in higher mathematics or lower mathematics. It is not that in the higher mathematics two plus two equal to five, no.
So the principle is the same. It is the distinction of deśa-kāla-pātra, things are… Just like the statement in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, they are meant for highly developed conscious persons. They are not for ordinary persons. Paramo nirmatsarānām satām vāstavam vastu vedyam atra śrīmad-bhāgavatam [SB 1.1.2]. People are envious: “Oh, he’s Christian,” “He’s Muhammadan,” “He is this,” “He is that.” No. A paramo nirmatsara, paramahamsa, he does not see, “He is Muhammadan,” “He is Christian,” “He is Jew.” Panditāh sama-darśinah [Bg. 5.18]. He will see everyone equal, as the part and parcel of God, Krishna. Mamaivāmśa.
Krishna says, mamaivāmśo jīva-bhütah: [Bg. 15.7] “All living entities are My part and parcel.” Why he shall take the skin? Because the skin is made by Muhammadan or the skin is made by Christian or skin is made by Hindu… He’s not the skin-observer. He observes the within. Dehino ‘smin yathā dehe kaumāram yauvanam jarā [Bg. 2.13]. Within this body the spirit soul is there. This is the spiritual education in the beginning—just see inside – introspect, not outward. Those who are seeing outwardly, yasyātma-buddhih kunape tri-dhātu [SB 10.84.13], they are asses. So one should be advanced by hearing authorities.
I say why there should be Hindu religion and Muslim religion or Christian religion? There cannot be. Just like gold is gold. And nobody can say, “This is Indian gold, this is American gold, this is Christian gold, and this is Muhammadan gold.” Gold is gold. So actually one who is God conscious, for him, there is no such distinction, because he knows, samam carantam sarvatra bhūtānām: [SB 1.8.28] “God is present everywhere.” Simply he has forgotten. That forgetfulness is applicable to anyone, either Hindu, Muslim or Christian. It doesn’t matter. Our business is to rectify that forgetfulness, to remove that forgetfulness. This is Krishna consciousness movement.
[An excerpt from a Lecture on the Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.28, Mayapur, October 8, 1974]