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Religious" Fighting is Foolishness


In Hindu-Muslim riots, Hindus break mosques, and Muslims break idols in Hindu temples. They think, "We have finished the Hindus' God." The Hindus also think, "We have broken their mosque. Therefore we have broken their God." This is foolishness. They are not jnariis (men of knowledge). Those with a real conception of God have no quarrel with each other.6

According to Vedic authorities, the first-class religious system is tested thus: sa vai purhsam paw dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje (unmotivated, uninterrupted devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead). Everyone is eager to fight on behalf of his own religion. The Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus all maintain their religions to be best. Throughout history fights have been waged between religions. During the Crusades the Christians fought the Muslims, and in India there are often fights between the Hindus and the Muslims. What is the meaning of such fights? If one is actually God conscious, he knows God—so what is the possibility of his fighting? If a person is actually a devotee of God, he can see that God is one. God cannot possibly be '%o, nor can the Hindus have one God and the Christians or Muslims another.7The 'Isopanisad teaches, Tsavasyam idam sarvam: "Nothing belongs to you. Everything belongs to God." It is said that God laughs when two parties fight for land. In the partition days, the Hindus and Muslims fought. When both of them died and lay strewn all over the street, and were asked, "Now, whose land it is?" now nobody replied. God's land will remain here. We simply fight: "This is my land." This is all illusion.8