Q: Can someone attain God without the institution of religion?

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A: I would approach it in a different way. If someone desires to love God, he will naturally seek the association of others who also desire to love God. You develop compassion, as your love of God is developing, because you want to love others. When we reach the stage you want to help other people, you naturally organize. Ultimately to love God, you just have to love God. It is not some commandment is coming down from the sky, “Thou shalt join an institution.” “The community of the wise, is the welfare of the world.” For me it is just a practical thing, we have to organize.

By Hridayananda Dasa Goswami

Taken from Travel Adventures of a Krishna Monk: Travel Journal#6.7: Tallahassee, Pennsylvania, and Delaware http://bit.ly/cxTM57

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Mon, 06/07/2010 - 18:59 — Bhaktiwill

I believe religion becomes

I believe religion becomes institutionalized when unscrupulous people see it as something they can use to exploit the masses to make themselves more powerful and wealthy. Otherwise its about yoga ( linking up ). I consider the Knowledge of God to be religion, because without his Knowledge of how everything is related to the Absolute Truth how would we know what to surrender to.

  • - 01:06 — neeraj.gupta2309
radhe radhe

i think yes...religion comes later than god...

god is one ..only one there can not be two god for different people or religion...'prabhu annant prabhu kripa annanta...'

just believe on your's belief.

lord krishna avtar was complete with 16 orientation & krishna given us bhagwat gita that gives all the answers:

....shree hari sharnam....

Mon, 05/10/2010 - 01:00 — neeraj.gupta2309

jai shree radhe

study bhagvat gita you will get all the answers...if you want explainations in a very simple language i shall provide u the..litretures...perhaps i believe make a relation with krishna or any love your god as per your believe...surrender to him completely...

....shree hari sharnam....

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 11:44 — Deacon Michael

The attainment of God with or without religious institutions

If someone has no knowledge of a religious institution, but nonetheless desires to love and serve God to the best of their ability, they can attain salvation. As a catholic, I believe that there is no salvation outside of Christ and the Church that He established, nevertheless, if someone is sincerely serching for the truth, and the way to God--they are serching for Christ, because Jesus is and claims to be "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." Even if they do not know the name of Jesus, or have never heard of His Church; if they have a sincere desire for God, God will lead them to Himself.

But, if someone rejects the religious institution that God has established, and thinks they can "do it on their own" and "reinvent the Religious WheeL"--then this attitude is tinged with pride and too much confidence in ones own abilities. As a Christian, I must follow the System that Jesus set up. The Traditions of my Church are handed down through Apostolic Succession, and it would be prideful for me to think that I can come up with something on my own that would be better. I guess its similar for my friends the Hare Krishna Devotees, who are sincerely serching for God, and following the path they belive in, and not try to "do their own thing" independently.

God Bless,

Deacon Michael

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 19:32 — rhdinah

Doing our own thing ...

>> I guess its similar for my friends the Hare Krishna Devotees, who are sincerely serching for God, and following the path they belive in, and not try to "do their own thing" independently.

Actually according to Vedic scriptures one does not have to search for God ... He is standing right next to you as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Hare Krsna devotees follow the Vedic scriptures ... that is what their faith is based on ... not "doing their own thing," and they recognize Jesus Christ as a vibhuti saktyavesa-avatara on the same spiritual platform as A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

Vedic scriptures also assure those who are following a religious tradition with love and devotion that they will attain what they desire and aim for ... in other words ...

Buddhists gain brahmajyoti

Christians gain Jesus Christ

Vaishnavas gain Krishna

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 16:32 — Robotmule

Religion

There is only one Supreme Personality of Godhead, so everyone is trying to attain to some conception of Him. What satisfies this conception is up to the individual soul's choice - intellectual, spiritual , desperation or conditioning. To me, it was largely a quest for knowledge at the beginning. Krsna Consciousness provided a barrier of knowledge that my mind could not conceptually surpass. Thus I surrendered.

Thu, 05/27/2010 - 05:19 — iamsrivaishnavan

Religion

Religion is a playing field with sets of rules and goal against which everybody pursue.

Without this set of rules, we will find it difficut to streamline ourselves to attain the goal.