We devotees are ready to hurt our loved ones for the sake of Krishna and religious zealots are ready to kill others to please their God. What is the difference?

by Chaitanya CharanJuly 15, 2013

I have wondered (and marveled) about this myself. I have not seen or met Krsna directly. Yet I am so much in love with his words and so influenced by the teachings of his devotees that I am ready to put close family members into anguish- people I am supposed to be loving. I don’t really know if I am a soul- I haven’t realized myself- the Bhagavatam clearly says I am and I accept it. The only thing I know for sure is death will come, and with it relationships will die.

Maybe it is that I love the devotees, and I cannot give them up- but that is also a marvel, as there are devotees I haven’t met ever, that shape major decisions in my life. Ultimately I seem to have a strength of purpose that I cannot explain- I just like the philosophy of BG and SB very much.

Are there parallels between religious zealots who would harm others for pleasing their god and me?

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