Question : What is ISKCON’s view on other religions?
Answer: ISKCON accepts that God consciousness is universal and all major religions in their authentic form are bona fide.
The Vedic understanding is that at particular times empowered agents of God will preach His message to different people all over the world and the message will be given according to time, place and circumstance.
Thus it may surprise the practitioners of other religions to know that the empowered representatives of God like Jesus, or Mohammed and Buddha are actually predicted in the ancient Vedas.
Srila Prabhupada had utmost respect for other religions and stated:
“Who will not respect Jesus Christ? He sacrificed everything for God, even his life. So who is that rascal that he’ll not respect to Jesus Christ. What did [Christ] do wrong to the human society? He did everything for the good of the human society. Oh, I have got very, very, great respect for Lord Jesus Christ.”
In the purport of Srimad Bhagavatam (2.4.18) Srila Prabhupada writes:
“Jesus Christ and Muhammad, two powerful devotees of the Lord, have done tremendous service on behalf of the Lord on the surface of the globe.”
With this understanding, ISKCON does not proselytize members of other faiths. We engage in interfaith dialogue with people who are interested with a view to improving the practice of everyone.
There are many Christians and Muslims who have adopted the principles of Krishna consciousness in their lives.