Prabhupada challenged that. He said that when the Bhagavad-gita says dehino ‘smin yatha dehe, kaumaram yauvanam jara, that we go from the childhood to youth to old age, is this only for the Krishna devotees, only for the Hindus? Only they are going from childhood to youth to old age? What about the Christians, the Muslims? What about the atheists? The dogs. They don’t go from childhood to youth to old age. Bhagavad-gita’s not a sectarian book. This is the science of the self. This is the science of spiritual realization. Everyone is going from childhood to youth to old age. It’s not a sectarian instruction. This is telling what is the spirit, what is the soul, in very definitive, systematic, scientific, exacting words, you see.
H.H Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
22, Oct 1982, SB Class