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Similarities between the Bhagavad Gita and the Bible

There are several similarities in expression and meaning between Bhagavad Gita and New Testament. Quite often Bhagavad Gita is spoken as the Bible of the Hindus. A book called “The Unknown Life of Christ” published in the 19th century indicates that Jesus had spent his life in the Himalayas where he might have come in contact with Buddhists and Hindu Saints. But scholars have refuted the findings in the book.

The similarities in the Holy Scriptures of different religions in the world are natural because great thinkers and seers, born in different ages, see the truth through their intuition, in the same manner and so their language and thought coincides.

Detailed below are some of the similarities between Bhagavad Gita and Bible pointed out by Dr. Lorinser.

Bhagavad Gita: I am exceedingly dear to the wise man; he also is dear to me. (Ch. VII. 17)
New Testament, Bible: He that loveth me shall be loved by my father and I will love him. (John XIV. 21)

Bhagavad Gita: I am the way, supporter, lord, witness, abode, refuge, friend. (Ch. IX. 18)
New Testament, Bible: I am the way the truth and the life. (John XIV. 6.) I am the first and the last. (Rev. 1. 17)

Bhagavad Gita: I never depart from him, he never departs from me. (Ch. VI. 30)
New Testament, Bible: He dwelleth in me and I in Him. (John VI. 57)

Bhagavad Gita: They who worship me with true devotion are in me and I in them. (Ch. VI. 29)
New Testament, Bible: I in them, thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one. (John XVII. 23)

Bhagavad Gita: Be assured that he who worships me, perishes not. (Ch. IX. 31)
New Testament, Bible: He that believeth in me shall never perish, but shall have eternal life. (John III. 5)

Bhagavad Gita: I am the beginning and the middle and the end of things. (Ch. X. 20)
New Testament, Bible: I am Alpha, Omega, the beginning and the ending. (Rev. I. 8)

Bhagavad Gita: I will deliver thee from all sin; do not grieve. (Ch. XVIII. 66)
New Testament, Bible: Son, be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven. (Matt. IX. 2)

Bhagavad Gita: What sacrifice, almsgiving, or austerity is done without faith is evil. (Ch. XVII. 28)
New Testament, Bible: Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Rom. XIV. 23)

Christ might or might not have come into contact with Buddhist or Hindu teachings. But there is authentic record to prove that teachings of Buddha had reached the Greek world long before the birth of Christ.

(Source: Bhagavad Gita by Shakuntala Rao Shastri)