If Krishna consciousness is the Absolute Truth, why are there so many different religions in the world?
At the beginning of creation, Krishna spoke the knowledge contained in the Vedas, which are meant for all humanity. The Vedas reveal the nature of reality, including both the material and the spiritual realms, and carefully guide human beings toward the goal of love of God.
Over time, Krishna’s original message tends to get lost or changed. So Krishna renews His teachings, tailored to the people and their times. He comes Himself, sends His representatives, or empowers pure souls here to speak on His behalf. We are all familiar with the powerful messages, and their impact, of great souls such as Jesus Christ, Buddha, and Mohammed.
According to Vedic tradition, Krishna Himself came to earth in 2977 B.C.. He stayed here for 120 years, and He spoke the Bhagavad-gita. And in A.D. 1486 He returned as Sri Chaitanya.
Unfortunately, the pure teachings of Krishna’s representatives may also get tampered with over time, and many sects built on partial truths spring up. But anyone who sincerely follows Krishna’s empowered representatives without changing their message can make steady spiritual progress.