Answer by Niraj Bidawatka
First of all this question is itself erroneous. There are no “other Gods”. There is only one God. This is the verdict of all authorized scriptures starting from the Vedas, to the Bible and the Koran. ekam brahma dvitīyam nāsti: There is only one God, there cannot be two Gods. When there is no existence of other Gods, where does the question of degrading “other Gods” arise? The Bhagavad Gita is the only scripture, which reveals the identity of that one God. Please bear in mind that the God of the Hindus is not different from that of the Muslims or the Christians. Nor is the Bhagavad Gita a book of the Hindus. It is book of knowledge which is meant for humans, notwithstanding which religion they follow. It is a book of transcendental knowledge which informs us about the name and address of that all-powerful God, whom the Hindus call as Bhagavan, the Muslims call as Allah and the Jews calls as Jehovah. The Bhagavad Gita reveals that the name of God is Krishna and that He resides in the spiritual realm, which is transcendental to this material world, where we are staying. Upon reaching that spiritual realm, one is not subjected to repeated birth, death, old age, and disease.
Those, who are ignorant about the authentic teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, accept various other controllers of the cosmic manifestation as the Supreme Lord. Just as there are thousands of departmental heads to run a big corporate organization or a state government, similarly this cosmic manifestation has 330 million controllers, who are called devatās, or demigods, who control various departments such as the water department, the electricity department, the rain department, etc. These demigods, who control the sunshine, the rains, the wind, the production of grains, etc. are erroneously accepted as God by those who are not aware about the authentic teachings of Bhagavad Gita. The Bhagavad Gita, in the seventh chapter’s verse nos. 20–23, clearly establishes that these demigods are subservient to Krishna, the Supreme Controller.
ISKCON is simply imparting this true and authentic knowledge as contained in the Bhagavad Gita. So there is no question of degrading any “other” Gods, because no such “other” Gods exist. In fact we are presenting the so-called “other gods” in their proper position, which is eternally subservient to the REAL GOD, Lord Krishna. ekale īśvara kr̥ṣṇa, āra saba bhr̥tya: It is the verdict of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu that Krishna alone is God, everyone else is His servant.
In fact, ISKCON is doing the best service to mankind by saving people from getting trapped under the clutches of imitation gods.