By Swami Abhayanand Tirtha

Why the reticent Moshin from Iran is now known as Dhananjaya? He is well read in the scriptures of their native religion, but most importantly, he is open minded, and he is the fortunate recipients of the mercy of Lord Krishna.

God is understood by different religions differently, due to the different time, place and circumstances in which God reveals His message. He does so due to the differing capacity of the audience to receive His message.Prophet Mohammed was revealed by Allah three kinds of knowledge- one which he was allowed to share with his followers, the second type he had the discretion to share or withhold, and the third category of revelation he was strictly forbidden from sharing. (Nadar Beg K. Mirza, ‘Reincarnation and Islam’, and Geo Widengren, ‘Muhammad the Apostle of God and his ascension’, page 108). Hence Muhammad never revealed to his followers the knowledge of the most attractive Lord Krishna.

Krishna means ‘All attractive’. A person is attractive if He possesses unlimited beauty, knowledge, strength, fame, riches or renunciation. Generally, an ordinary person of this world may possess any one of these six opulences, and even that is limited and subject to destruction by the force of time. Krishna alone possesses not only all the six opulences but He has them in unlimited abundance. Thus Krishna, who is known to Muslims as Allah, or to the Christians as the Almighty father, or as Jehovah or Yahweh to many, is the most complete and attractive understanding of God.

God is not only a person but He also has possesses a wonderful form. Srimad Bhagavatam reveals God has an eternal spiritual body that is full of knowledge and bliss (satcitananda). This body is different from what we possess in this material world- a body composed of stool, urine, puss, mucus and bile. Krishna has a beautiful blackish complexion like a monsoon cloud. This is also hinted in the Quran – the sura “Al-Baqarah” or “The Cow” of the Holy Qur’an, there is a specific verse which hints at this: Sibgatallah wa man ‘ah – sanu minallahi sibgah: “(We take our colour from Allah and who is better than Allah at colouring?” (2.138)

The word sibgat is significant in this verse. The root meaning of this word is colour. In this verse it is explained that none can surpass Allah in lending colour to this universe. There is no colour that Allah doesn’t have, and none that He is not adorned by. Had He not been so adorned, then He will be less than His creation. The very thought of such offensive minimization of Allah is wholly unacceptable by anyone who professes to be a true Muslim. This is because no Muslim will dare contradict the Qur’anic statement: ‘Allahu Akbar’(Allah is Great). Since Allah is the greatest, how can the Great Allah be colourless, or a mere abstraction? The answer is that Allah is colourfully beautiful. Prophet Muhammad said to his asabas [associates]: “We take our colour from Allah.” This means that the colour of the Arabs analogously resembled Allah’s colour. From the representation of Allah’s complexion by the Arabs, we can safely conclude that Allah is of a beautiful dark complexion. (Ref. ‘The hidden treasure of Al-Qur’an’, The Dabhir Khas Book Trust and Research Institute)

Of course, this colour of God is not material but spiritual. When Prophet Muhammad met Allah (Vishnu or Krishna), he saw dazzling effulgence emanating from God. Therefore, Allah has a dazzling dark colour-contradictory to mundane senses but transcendentally beautiful. According to recognized Vedic scriptures, Allah or Krishna has a spiritual, dazzling, dark colour, beyond the perception of the material senses and the imagination of the mundane mind. Little wonder then that when experimented with the Vedic process, its understood that Krishna is not only non-different from Allah, He’s also the all encompassing, most loving, and personal understanding of God.

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