Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Is Religion Causing Problems? Radhanath Swami Responds…

By on September 14, 2010 in Insights with 181 Comments

People fighting for ReligionQuestion to Radhanath Swami : Swamiji, my question is not directly related to religion. But some of the biggest challenges facing the world today are the problems caused by religions. What is the solution for this?

Radhanath Swami: I do not see it as a problem of religion. I see it as the problem caused by irreligion in the guise of religion. We have to find what religion actually is. Real religion does not mean a Hindu, a Muslim, a Jew, a Christian, Zoroastrian, Jain, or Buddhist. These can be very much social, ethnic, or egoistic identities. Real religion is that process which awakens one’s love for God. Where there is the awakening of love for God, there are the qualities of tolerance, peace, compassion, mercy, self control, and forgiveness; these are the universal qualities of anyone who loves God. Where we find sectarianism, envy or cruelty that is not religion.

If any of these people who fight really understood what is really in their scriptures, they wouldn’t behave with another person based on external beliefs. When a man comes home, sometimes he is dressed in a three piece suit; sometimes he comes in a swimming suit; sometimes he comes in his pajamas. Now, his dog will recognize his master in whatever dress he wears. Isn’t that true? So if our master is God, whether He appears as Krishna, Allah, Rama, or Christ, we will recognize Him in all these different appearances.


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  • M Pandu Rangayya shetty

    Awareness of God and recognizing Him is very important aspects. Here Radhanath Swami expertly gave the example of A dog recognizing his master in any different dress.
    If one follows Radhanath swami, surely he will understand who God is! All glories to Radhanath SWami.

    • Tapas

      Correct. And if we are unable to recognize our master if in different form, then we are even lesser than a dog.

  • Purpose of religion is to awaken love of God within one’s heart. When that love is awakened we can see each living entity as sons of teh same Lord then there can be no question of hatred.

  • Manish Raikundalia

    This is so true.

  • sunil

    such beautifully maharaj has explained this irreligon in disgusie of religon. and the master and dog analogy wow. it is so true . maharaj ki jai.

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  • Anita Iyer

    Radhanath Swami has correctly pointed out that problems today are caused not by religion, but irreligion in the guise of religion. Very powerful point. Another point is that a dog will recognize his master no matter what dress he wears.

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami has nicely explained how one must come out of bodily conception of life. Religion is a problem when we identify ourselves with the body.

  • Ravi Garg

    Radhanath Swami’s replies are very convincing……thanks

  • Anil Timbe

    Radhanath Swami has cleared this confusion so nicely once and for all by very clear analogy.

  • N Swaminathan

    Yes, we have to be worse than dogs to be fighting in the name of religion. Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for setting the perspective right.

  • Vaishali Kamat

    Radhanath Swami has so nicely explained what is true religion, especially the example that he gave of how a dog recognises his master irrespective of the dress he wears !! Thank you so much !!

  • Navin Poojary

    Radhanath Swami is Right!Narrow minded people who wanted to see religion just with their narrow vision have narrowed down the Real Scope of Religion.Rekligion has a higher purpose to Unite every individual being for an existence of Eternal Joy,Peace and Love

  • Vinay Rachh

    An amazing lesson for all at the right moment when Ayodhya verdict is about to come

  • Sanjay S

    Radhanath Swami, characteristically, has gone to the root of the problem

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Thank you very much Radhanath swami maharaj for defining religion so nicely.

  • Sujit Mehta

    This sort of vision can only come from a person who has clarity in thought, and can rightfully lead and guide others, Somehow after having had couple of fortunate experiences with Radhanath Swami ,one comes out of this sort of misidentification.

  • Naveen

    Great answer and a wonderful analogy, thank you Radhanath Swami

  • Amol Kulkarni

    Thank you Radhanath Swamiji, hope the present religious leaders get this message soon before they start fighting again on the old issues

  • Dr Shreyas Palav

    He has realised the true essence of religion in disciplic succession !!!…Religion without philosophy is really just a sentiment or fanaticism…and dry philosophy without religion is only mental speculation.
    All glories to Sri Guru & Sri Gauranga !!!…hari bol.

  • anjanadri

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami. These realizations are amazing 🙂

  • Ranjeet Kumar

    wonderful realization. Thanks a lot for shairng.

  • Meera Sharma

    Maharajah simplified God and religion in very plain basic language.
    “Where there is the awakening of love for God, there are the qualities of tolerance, peace, compassion, mercy, self control, and forgiveness; these are the universal qualities of anyone who loves God. Where we find sectarianism, envy or cruelty that is not religion.”

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    If everyone actually follows their own religion, there would be no problems at all! The problems are not due to religion, but the lack of it, as rightly pointed out by Radhanath Swami.

  • Kaushik

    V nice explanation on the most controversial issue by Radhanath Swami

  • umesh

    Where we find sectarianism, envy or cruelty that is not religion.

    this sets apart the religions from the irreligion, thank you very much Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Vinay Malani

    This is a beautiful analysis by Radhanath Swami on the real reason behind sectarean violence which has always been falsely propagated by vested interests & radical elements in the name of religion.

  • very powerful article…Radhanath Swami’s view is really wonderful

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has stated the real purpose of religion.

  • kumar

    thanks for sharing this

  • Madhav

    There may be people who are practicing real religion but they do not seem to be inspiring others to be that way and to stop violence.

  • Tushar Gaikwad

    This is a rock-solid answer given by Radhanath swami. It powerfully shatters the superficiality of so-called religionist who on one hand claim to be the followers of God but the other hand are hooked to intoxicants.

  • Dr Dhotre

    Very correct! all people fighting on religious issues should read this. Thank you Radhanath Swami

  • Rajesh Lad

    This article makes it very clear what is the essence of any religion !

  • Rajesh Lad

    This article makes it very clear what is the essence of any religion !

  • Sunil Jha

    Thanks Maharaj, for giving us such a simple understanding of religious.
    If our so called modern religious leader understand this , there would not be unnecessary trouble in the society,

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    How beautiful are Maharaja’s thought, with an easy to understand analogy. What can be more simple than this.

    Hare Krishna

  • prashant v

    Maharaj has the cutting edge here, even a dog can recognize his master independent of the dress he wears ..fantastic..The aim of religion is to recognize our loving master and to render loving service to him which extends as compassion to other living beings.

  • Ram Mohan

    I really liked the following analogy by Radhanath Swami Maharaj: When a man comes home, sometimes he is dressed in a three piece suit; sometimes he comes in a swimming suit; sometimes he comes in his pajamas. Now, his dog will recognize his master in whatever dress he wears. Isn’t that true? So if our master is God, whether He appears as Krishna, Allah, Rama, or Christ, we will recognize Him in all these different appearances.

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami is so clear in his explaination

  • suresh

    Very Clear explaination from Maharaj.

  • Vinay Rachh

    very nice answer

  • Ravi

    Beautiful reply….

  • I posted your words on my twitter account, i like it.

  • Mitali kallianpur

    Very true. Real religion teaches us to serve the lord.People forget the real goal of religion and are unnecessarily fighting for petty things and wasting their precious time.

  • Jatin

    Radhanath Swami brings out the essence here that every religion teaches to LOVE GOD. The paths & details may be different but essence is same..LOVING GOD.

  • Saurabh Vinayak

    Radhanath Swami has clearly defined what is meant by religion and irreligion.

  • Santipur Nath Das

    very clear and clever answer. thank you

  • Acyuta Mohana Das

    I simply hope and pray that every person who is fighting in the name of ‘religion’ gets to understand this sublime truth of the depth of religion and spirituality as revealed here by Radhanath Maharaja.

  • Thanks for the blog loaded with so many information. Stopping by your blog helped me to get what I was looking for.


  • Manish Advani

    Its not religion what causes problem its our perception whcih causes problem

  • Rasaraj das

    Right on!

  • Dr Yuvaraj j bhosale

    So if our master is God, whether He appears as Krishna, Allah, Rama, or Christ, we will recognize Him in all these different appearances- H H Radhanath swami

  • saurabh

    This is really what true religion is. And Radhanath Swami by his example and practice is inspiring so many souls to take up the real essence of Religion. We can certainly see all these wonderful qualities of tolerance, love , care, compassion mercy forgiveness in Radhanath Swami, hes certainly from the God’s Kingdom. Thank you very much Maharaj.

  • Radhanath Swami knows where does the misconception of the person lie, so he can correctly rectify that person.

  • srikanth

    H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai

  • Mahaprakasha

    Radhanath Swamis explaination is very clear

  • mathuranath

    So very true. Beautifully explaied.

  • Servant

    An enlightening message on the principle of god by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Nice reply, Maharaj explained what true religion is..

    Thanks you so much Maharaj for enlighten us.

  • Kadamba Kanana

    Perfect answer.

  • karan potnis

    this is a perfect answer to all issues related to religion. if one understands real religion as Mh says there is no question of discrimination & controversies.

  • the world will be a peacefull place if all accept above philosophy

  • Radhanath Swami is right how can religion be a problem its people who manipulate and create problems

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami has made things crystal clear else people get confused and lost in these subject matters

  • Sundar

    Very convincing answer.

  • Poonam

    Great answer! Definetly going to share with my facebook friends

  • abhay deshmukh

    Radhanath Maharaj really has an amazing vision to look at things, which ordinary human beings cannot. I never thought this way. What Maharaj says is so true! Hare Krishna!

  • Mahesh


  • Kathiresan

    Thank you so much Maharaj for the wonderful answer.

  • Anand Totla

    Nice answer ,if everybody understands this then there will be no terrorism and fight

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for clarifying this major misconception about religion.

  • Das

    Jai !! Wonderful !!

  • Vishnupriya


  • MPD

    Simply amazing

  • Yogita Jagannathan

    Majority of the population of the world is disillusioned by religion today, not realising that true religion is mainly to know who is God and How to love Him unconditionally. Thank you Radhanath Swami for such a wonderful answer.

  • Sneha

    Amazing Answer

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swamis explaination is crystal clear

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami has made a valid point

  • Manish Advani

    wonderful explaination

  • Dear Sir,
    your answer has increased respect, faith & trust in all possible religions.
    Its so wanderful.

  • Shaan

    Thank you for wonderful explanation on religion

  • sundar ananda das

    Thanks Maharaj, for explaining this is unique aspect of all religions.

  • rakesh

    A cut throat and extremly impressive answer to all who cause violence in the name of religion in the whole world.

  • usha gaonkar

    Excellent reply Radhanath Swami. If only the leaders of this world realise this, it will be a much more peaceful place to live.

  • Bharath

    Exquisitely explained!

  • madhavi

    very nicely explained by maharaj!!

  • MPD

    Radhanath Swami is so true

  • Narendra Rakibe

    Excellent anology. A real religionist will never fight with others based on sectarian differences but he will find the same God everywhere. Thank you Maharaj.

  • madhavi

    thank you for sharing.

  • Satish

    Wonderful analogy.

  • Saravana

    Excellent article and good analogy

  • madhavi

    Radhanath swami very nicely explained about the region.thank you Maharaj!

  • Uday

    “Religion is that process which awakens one’s love for God.Where there is awakening of love for God, there are the qualities of tolerance, peace, compassion, mercy, self-control and forgiveness….”
    Radhanath Swami gives very simple but profound meaning of religion and its symptoms.Beautiful answer by Radhanath Swami.

  • deepak bagla

    Perfect answer. In todays world, everyone is misguided due to false egoistic propoganda in the name of religion. This answer gives true perspective of what real religion is

    • I agree Deepak Prabhuji 🙂 What an insight on religion by HH Radhanath Swami

  • madhavi

    very good article.thank you for sharing.

  • What a heart touching reply by HH Radhanath Swami (KIII JAIIIIIIIIII)

  • Neha Karvir

    Maharaj gives such simple but eye opening explanations. No doubts are created when he explains such things…

  • Neha

    True meaning of religion.. Thank you so much swamiji.

  • surekha

    Radhanath swami wonderfully said that we should recognize God in any of his forms and those forms are non-different whether Krsna ,Allah, Rama or christ.

  • achyuta govinda

    Many thanks to Radhanath swami for this wonderful answer.

  • Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    If only people had the right understanding of religion all these nonsense fights in the name of religion would stop. Thank you Radhanath Swami for your guidance that has enabled us to look at things in the right perspective.

  • MPD

    very inspiring

  • Pranjal Dixit

    Everybody has to understand the real definition of religion given by HHRNSM

  • Mukesh

    Thank you Maharaj, for making us understand in true sense what religion means… Often people go on externals..

    Radhanath Swami is really a Sara-grahi (essence seeker) & not just speaks but his actions are totally aligned with his teachings…

    Thank you sooooo much !!!!

  • Inspiring thought. Made me wonder about religion.

  • Mahendra

    very true

  • Ashutosh Mishra

    Essence of religion simplified by Radhanath Swami

  • Vinay K

    Maharaj’s explanation with dog example is wonderful
    Thank you Maharaj…

  • Mahendra

    very nice explanation…

  • Chandnani

    This is an apt reply. Religion is indeed is a question of true values ans how we implement these values in our lives.

  • Jagannath Dham Das

    We need such saints like Radhanath Swami who can help overcome such problems sectarianism !

  • Thank you Maharaj for sharing about real religion.

  • shailesh

    thanks maharaj for nice reply…..

  • usha gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami is a true saint who knows that all religions teach us the same principle. Only if people learn to follow what is really there in their scriptures they will learn to love and tolerate each other.

  • Manish Kumar

    Maharaj has very truly and accurately exposed irreligion in the guise of religion and remind me what I true religion.

  • bharat

    a deep insight into the understanding of what true religion means.

  • vskarekar

    nicely explained the diff between religion and irreligion

  • sushil

    today there is a need for understanding the real religion which is so nicely explained by radhanath maharaj

  • Biswajit


  • rahul

    beautiful explanation!!!

  • Biswajit

    Hari, Hari

  • Sandesh

    Truly a saint!

  • hemant

    Superlike the explaination

  • Wonderful explanation about religion.

  • premanand ramesh

    Very deep understanding of religion. Thankyou

  • Ankit Patel

    Indeed, Real Religion is to develop love of god irespective in which form the lord is.

  • Viraj

    Thank you for such a simple yet profound explanation.

  • Biswajit

    Thank you for profound explanation

  • sajeev

    clear cut explanation….thank u maharaj…

  • suresh

    nice reply by radhanath swami maharaj,

  • bipin

    Today’s world need enlightening lessons on religion and culture. But it really is also not these peoples problem, the modern day leaders like politicians have given us this view which need a serious correction so that the progeny of the future sees things in different light.

  • “If our master is God, whether He appears as Krishna, Allah, Rama, or Christ, we will recognize Him in all these different appearances.” What a beautiful explanation by H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj. All the differences are due to incorrect understanding of God.

  • kanakraj

    wonderful answer by radhanath swami maharaj,

  • azaan kaul

    brilliantly said! you are the solution for mankind!

  • bipin

    This is what is to be told to every layman the world over, so the discrepancies spawned by the so called leaders shall automatically wear out and make the world more peaceful.

    • umesh

      yes I do agree.

  • Abhinav Mutreja

    Irreligion in guise of Religion !

  • Bharath

    Wonderful article!

  • HHRadhanath Swami gives real means of religion and remove our concocted idea of faulse religion.

  • Anshu Jaiman

    Hare Krishna Maharaj. Maharaj ki jai hoo…!!! All Glories to Radhanath swami Maharaj.
    Hare Krishna..Maharaj ki jai hoo..!!! Thanks prji for sharing the article. Really Maharaj is real Humanitarian worker, Spiritualist, Socialist, Social worker, well wisher, care taker and so wonderful that I just love his every aspect.Thanks Pr. Thanks Maharaj.
    Ys- Anshu Jaiman

  • Anshu Jaiman

    Really a good one…Lovely

  • Saurabh Devgun

    Wow! It is irreligion in the guise of religion!!

  • Pankaj

    Very broad minded answer! Thank you Radhanath Swami!

  • Shalmalee

    This article must read by each and every person on this earth

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing Radhanath Swami’s wonderful response to this question on religion.

  • The example of dog recognising master is very nice and appropriate. Thank you Maharaj.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful pastime by Radhanath Swami.

  • Sunny Hinduja

    Wonderful answer!!!!

  • sajeev

    the example makes the underlying point crystal clear

  • vijay

    wonderful answer

  • Dheera

    Thank you Maharaj

  • Vaibhav Sharma

    No common man have such thoughts. Radhanath Maharaja is really a world leader.

  • Anil

    Real religion is religion of tolerance, peace, compassion, mercy, self control, and forgiveness. Wonderful article

  • anil

    true !! every religion is teaching the same essence but we are disillusioned by our mind.

  • Ramya

    Great words by Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • shailesh

    What a beautiful explanation given by Radhanath Maharaj ! If everyone on this planet reads this and follows it then the planet will become one home for all of us .Hare Krsna !

  • govind

    hare krishna,
    Thank you very much.

  • shailesh

    Very nice article.Hare Krsna !

  • bharat

    What an answer…”Problems are caused not by religion but by irreligion disguise in the name of religion”.
    Thank you maharaj.

  • Hare Krishna. All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Pankaj

    we really have to beware of irreligion in the guise of religion. thanks for sharing this article.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Thank u Maharaj Ji 🙂

  • Amit

    “Real religion is that process which awakens one’s love for God”. Thanks Maharaj for giving true definition of Religion.

  • Ravi

    Wonderful reply by Swamiji….

  • Hari Bol..

    Radhanath swami maharaj ki jai ho..

    Thank you maharaj…

  • anil

    religion in sanskrit is Dharma and Dharma is the inherit qualities within every living entity, which is love of God. Thanks Radhanath Swami for enlightening us.

  • Vishnu

    Thank You Radhanath Maharaj for such a wonderful explanation. I also had the same doubts and now i don’t have after reading this clear article.

  • Tejna Patodi

    Very well said, Real religion means to know WHO M I? WHO IS GOD? WHAT IS MY RELATION WITH HIM?

  • Tejna Patodi

    Real Religion means understanding our true identity, which is the Servant of Servant of Lord.

  • onkar deshpande

    the words spoken by Radhanath Swami Maharaj really appeals and penetrates the heart. Its very essential !
    This is nectar pouring from the inner core of heart of Radhanath Swami Maharaj …… Its really very sweet !
    Thank you Maharaj

  • jayant mahtani

    wonderful example of a dog recognizing its master even if he is dressed differently.
    thank you swamiji.

  • NSP

    Such a complete definition of what a religion really is! Thank you Maharaj for enlightening us!

  • Sumit Sharma

    Very nice answer from Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Thanks for sharing it! A real religion teaches how to love God and His children.

  • Anurag Agarwal

    “If our master is God, whether He appears as Krishna, Allah, Rama, or Christ, we will recognize Him in all these different appearances.”

    This inspiring statement shows Radhanath Swami’s amazing depth of realization. Currently world is suffering because of the selfishness and shortsightedness of her leaders. We need such broad minded spiritual leaders in society to give a new light to world.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Wonderful answer by wonderful soul..Thank you so much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji.

  • Pankaj

    very thoughtful article.

  • Sarang

    Very effectively answered the doubt…this doubt is actually existing in many of the population…but here we get a clear answer. Thank you !

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Wonderful answer by HH Radhanath Swami. A true lover of God naturally exhibit the divine qualities of tolerance, compassion, forgiving, peace, compassion, mercy and self control. Very profound understanding.

  • anashree

    Thank you Maharaj for wonderfully explaining what true religion is – to awaken love for God. And this love for God doesn’t discriminate on the basis of Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jain etc… The analogy of a dog recognising his master in whichever dress he wears is superb!