Why does ISKCON say Lord Krishna is the Supreme God when we know that Lord Shiva is Supreme?

Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

Because you are in ignorance when you say that Lord Shiva is Supreme. Therefore ISKCON has to give authentic and factual information to you. The Bhagavad Gita is the most authoritative scripture in the entire world. It is considered the essence of all the Upanishads.

Lord Krishna displays His universal form to Lord Brahma

Lord Krishna displays His universal form to Lord Brahma – Krishna is source of all Vishnu murtis

You will not find a single verse in the Bhagavad Gita, which states that Lord Shiva is Supreme. The entire Bhagavad Gita states that Lord Krishna is Supreme. Therefore Srila Vyasadeva, the author of the Bhagavad Gita addresses Lord Krishna as “Bhagavan”.

Bhagavad Gita means “the song of God”. Everyone knows that Bhagavad Gita was spoken by Lord Krishna and not by Lord Shiva.

Since ISKCON strictly follows Bhagavad Gita, it states that Lord Krishna is Supreme.

Even Shankaracharya, the incarnation of Lord Shiva, has accepted Bhagavad Gita as the highest authoritative scripture and has directed all his followers to worship Lord Krishna. His famous directions are as follows:

bhaja govindam bhaja govindam

govindam bhaja mudha mate

Sripada Shankaracharya addressed his disciples as fools (mudha mate), because they did not accept Lord Krishna as Supreme. Therefore he directs his foolish disciples to worship Krishna (bhaja govindam) because only Krishna can save them at the time of death.

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4 thoughts on “Why does ISKCON say Lord Krishna is the Supreme God when we know that Lord Shiva is Supreme?

  1. You are in ignorance when you called lord Krishna is supreme n only iskcon people are doing propaganda that he is supreme n another one is not but iskcon people are making fights between the devotees of Gods forms either it is lord Krishna or lord shiva or Lord Hanuman or anyone else so please stop creating misunderstanding between devotees of gods n keep chanting Hari Hara name

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  2. Its funny how ISKCON is misleading people by stating Shiva is a demigod and a devotee of Krishna, When there are a thousand stotra from vedas that state that Shiva and Krishna are the same and should not be compared, however people who call Shiva worshipers IGNORANT are IGNORANT themselves as they have no knowledge of Shiv tatva, and their fight to prove Krishna is the greatest, will just deviate them from the actual path. . . . I am a devotee of Krishna as much as Shiva, but dont feel like going to ISKCON any more. Hare Krishna.

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    • Dear Mr. Mohan Seth,

      There is no fight to prove Krishna as the greatest because it is very well established around the world that Krishna is the Supreme Lord. You said that there are a thousand stotras in the Vedas that state that Shiva and Krishna are the same but you could not reproduce even one vedic mantra in support of your averment.

      You also could not disprove that the Bhagavad-Gita gita says that Lord Krishna is Supreme. You could not refute our following statement, “You will not find a single verse in the Bhagavad Gita, which states that Lord Shiva is Supreme.” You could not prove that this statement is false.

      The Vedas cannot be understood by the lazy and foolish souls of the present age, i.e. Kaliyuga. Therefore Krishna came just prior to the advent of this kaliyuga to present us the Bhagavad gita, which is the essence of all Vedas.

      And if the Vedas did state that Krishna and Shiva are one and the same, Krishna would have definitely stated that in the Bhagavad-Gita. But there is no such verse in the Bhagavad-Gita that mentions Krishna and Shiva are one and the same.

      In fact, the Bhagavad-Gita all along states that Krishna is the Supreme and that all other demigods are His servants.

      You concluded by saying, “I am a devotee of Krishna as much as Shiva, but dont feel like going to ISKCON any more. Hare Krishna.” In response to that I would like to invite you to our ISKCON temples because even Shiva devotees are equally welcome to our temples. There is no such rule that only Krishna’s devotees are allowed into ISKCON temples. We welcome everyone – Shiva devotees, Durga devotees, Muslims, Christians, theists, atheists, the pious and also the impious. There are no restrictions in our organisation. We are just giving factual knowledge.

      So I earnestly request you to please start visiting your nearest ISKCON temple and grace us by your august presence.

      Hare Krishna.
      Yours in the service of Krishna,
      Niraj Bidawatka, Editor
      The Hare Krishna Revolution

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  3. Simply because ISKCON lives in ignorance…every authentic school of Hinduism accepts that Lord Shiva is Supreme…all the main Vedic verses (which are the highest authority) onlu states about the Supremacy of Lord Shiva.

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