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Question: In Caitanya-caritāmṛta there are many stories connected with Islam. Somewhere there is some information about Europe. Christianity of that time. What can Guru Mahārāja tell on their topics?

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Jayapatākā Swami: At that time Lord Caitanya interacted with different devotees. Some were followers of Islam, some were Buddhists, I don’t know if He interacted with any Christians, but we believe that there is only one God and that He is worshiped in different cultures, with different names. We are trying to get people all over the world to chant the name of God and this will satisfy the Lord and this way the pandemic of COVID-19 could be reduced. Of course, as devotees, we don’t ask Kṛṣṇa for anything material. So, we state if it so pleases you, but followers of Islam, Christianity they may pray for the disease to be transcended. And we know that in the case of Dhruva Mahārāja, he wanted something material from Kṛṣṇa, but in the end, he realized that Kṛṣṇa was much more dearer than other things he wanted. So, somehow or other we want people to chant the holy names and Śrīla Prabhupāda was saying that he transited Tehran in Iran. So there he was talking to some Mullahs, Ayatollahs and he realized that the phrase ‘allah-ho’ also meant ‘O Absolute Truth’. So like that he told the people in Tehran that if they liked and preferred to chant the name of Allah, they could do that, but somehow or other we should chant the name of God. So this was his non-sectarian viewpoint.
20-February-2022 Chennai, India