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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Was Krishna's Mother a Virgin?

Here's an oldie-but-goodie thread at my forum, where there much more of this material:

Was Krishna's Mother a Virgin?

Because of the ZEITGEIST movie, many questions have come up regarding this issue. I have therefore been inspired to create this post. The following constitutes a summary of the case for the Indian god Krishna to have been born of a virgin mother. Each of these points can be expounded upon at length...


Venkateswaran said...

Krishna is considered an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, a manifestation of the supreme being according to Hindus. Incarnation does not mean Son. Krishna, in that incarnation was the natural son of Devaki and Vasudeva. As a son of Vasudeva, he is sometimes called Vaasudeva. Divinity in Hinduism is 'soul-centric' and not 'ancestor-centric'. Vasudeva and Devaki in their previous incarnations were considered to be a celestial couple known as Aditi and Kashyapa. Kashyapa is considered to be a son of Lord Brahma, who in turn is considered to be a son of Lord Vishnu. Vishnu's wife Lakshmi also took incarnation as Rukmini and married Krishna. As Rukmini, she was born to human parents, but was individually considered divine. Krishna and Rukmini got married, lived a normal life and had children, none of who are considered divine, because, divinity cannot be inherited from parents or transferred to children. Jesus, the Son of God according to the Christians, was born to God and Virgin Mary, both of whom were considered supernatural. The Son of God was the only child of his mother. His parents are also considered divine. But, despite this, there appears a question mark on his divinity, which is assumed on account of his supernatural origin. Divinity on the other hand, is not linked to race, or other factors. So, if at all Krishna can be compared to Jesus, it is to 'The Son of Man', who was born to human parents and is the hero of Dan Brown's book 'THE DA VINCI CODE'.

Acharya S said...

Thank you. I know the standard story about Krishna, whom I am convinced is a mythical figure, not a "real person."

Please do read the thread that is the subject of this post.