Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Is Religion meant for Violence? Radhanath Swami Answers

By on November 27, 2011 in Insights with 145 Comments

All ReligionsQuestion to Radhanath Swami: Religion has the power to divide. The riots in Mumbai, Gujarat and Ayodhya are created by religion. Do you see a divide?
Radhanath Swami Answers: You have to educate people about religion. Religion is about love and compassion and seeing all as one. The Bible says understanding the letter of the laws of religion is less important than understanding the spirit. The Gita says the person who is enlightened sees every living being with equal vision—black or white, male or female, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh or Jew, East or West, rich or poor, a dog, a cat or a cow. These are all external things.

The atma is in everyone. When you pick the hot coals of revenge and hatred, you will get burned too. Booker T Washington was an emancipated slave. He said

“I will allow no man to degrade my soul by causing me to hate them.”

The Lord is in everyone. The spiritual spark is within everyone. Fighting and hating is contrary to the religion we follow.


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  • deepak bagla

    Amazing article. Thanks for wonderful reply – Radhanath Swami

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    Loving and serving never lead to violence. A true religion must have this idea of loving and serving God through loving and serving the people. All glories to HH Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

  • Saurabh Devgun

    Radhanath Swami is a great Saint!

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Beautiful point here by radhanath Swami “Hatred is contrary to the very principles of religion we profess to follow”.

  • anjan

    Many thanks to this Radhanath swami for this much needed answer. If the world was lead by saints like Radhanath swami, this would definitely be wonderful.

  • Pankaj

    Very nice view point of seeing different religions as One in spirit!

  • vsk

    Radhanath Swami has answers and solutions to every problem!! Thankyou Maharaj

  • Chandrika

    A very wonderful answer.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    True religion never breeds hatred only love and compassion.

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    Such an fundamental explanation of religion. Religion today has become an open to interpolation for everyone and thus so many differing ideas about it. If only people keep the discussion of religion to religious gurus, then can we see sanity prevailing.

    Hare Krishna

  • suresh

    There is no fight between sincere followers of religion.

  • madhura

    beautiful answer.

  • surekha

    Thank you Radhanath swami for explaining us the true meaning of religion.

  • harshad

    thank you very Maharaj for enlightening us

  • vidyask

    Wonderful lesson given by Radhanath Swami to be imbibed whole heartedly

  • Milind M Churi

    The true religion if followed under bonafied guidance then there is no question of violence or hatred against any other living entity.The violence is caused among inter faith because misinformation of religious philosophy.Radhanath Swami herein explain us very nice way to overcome such a weakness of the heart created by misinformation.

  • Vinayak

    To the extent your heart is pure, to that extent you will not have the propensity to harm anyone.

  • Archana

    Religion is not made for voilence but there are people in society who use religion for voilence we should not encourage them

  • umesh

    very fitting answer by Radhanath Swami.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Most appropriate answer given by Radhanath Swami.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing these instructions of Radhanath Swami.

  • navin poojary

    Thank you for sharing this Amazing reply!Absolutely fantastic!

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami reveals the true meaning of religion. Thank you for sharing such an amazing answer.

  • Citra Gopi DD

    Thank you for this post.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Very Nice.

  • Deep

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful knowledge

  • mukund

    wonderful answer to a complicated question

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Very nice

  • vrajavdd

    Radhanath Swami has provided an insight to true religion

  • “Religion is above love and compassion and seeing all as one.” Thank you Maharaj for explaining the meaning of religion.

  • Manasa

    Thanks for sharing the words of Radhanath Swami ” Fighting and hating is contrary to the religion we follow.”

  • gopasana

    HH Radhanath Swami clears the misconceptions we have about religion

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    To love every body with equal vision knowing them to be part and parcel of Krishna is the sublime principle always emphasised by HH Radhanath Swami.

  • Aishwarya

    The Lord is in everyone. The spiritual spark is within everyone-Amazing uniting principle.

  • Radhanath Swami has true understanding of Dharma or Religion

  • Piyush Singh

    Very well answered by HH Radhanath Swami. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • suresh

    perfect answer to relieve all those who are entrapped in the wrong conception about religion.

  • vidyask

    Under the able guidance of Radhanath Swami we are taught the true religion. Thank you Maharaj.

  • Ravi Garg

    What a beautiful place this world would transform into if everyone follows Swamiji’s advice……

  • anjan

    Many thanks to Radhanath swami for these wonderful answers. It is such a great pleasure for me to read the wonderful answers of Radhanath swami

  • BSDd

    Nice one.

  • Santpal Goel

    Amazing answer

  • madhavi latha

    very good answer.thank you maharaj for explaining so clearly about religions.

  • Kuldeep soni

    “Religion is about love and compassion and seeing all as one”- Thanks for narrating the real essence of Religion.

  • Rajaruban

    Fantastic answer!

  • madhura

    wonderful answer.

  • chandraprakash

    thats right

  • Jitendra Pardeshi

    You have to educate people about religion. Religion is about love and compassion and seeing all as one. HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj has been educating people all over the world about true religion and how to practice it by his own example.

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

    So true. People have given their own interpretations of religion and hence there is so much strife all over the world. If the leaders were to understand the real meaning of religion, there will only be peace all over.

    Hare Krishna.

  • Manish Kumar

    Thia is very basic teaching from all the religion. Thanks to Maharaj for reminding us this.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving such a broad understanding of religion.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Heart touching reply from Radhanath Swami. Thank you very much for sharing it.

  • meera Sharma

    Wonderful response from Maharajah

    “You have to educate people about religion. Religion is about love and compassion and seeing all as one”.

  • vijay

    one of best answers by Maharaj

  • Shyam Mahtani

    Yes, It is very easy for us to blame religion rather than the practitioner. The gun does not kill. It is the one who holds the gun fires the bullet. So, Swamiji nicely explains how we need to change our thinking. Thank you.

  • anand

    thanks for sharing…nice article

  • Thank you very much Radhanath Swamiji

  • vvdd

    . Religion is about love and compassion and seeing all as one. – hope everyone realizes it!

  • kuldeep


  • True religion is about loving and serving. There is no place for violence. All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • omprakash

    very nice …….hari bol

  • vidya

    true religion nicely explaineed

  • Sumit Sharma

    Amazing anwer by Radhanath Swami. Thanks for sharing it.

  • meera Sharma

    Very nice
    “Religion is about love and compassion and seeing all as one.”

  • anand

    Religion is about love and compassion and not violence and hatred. True religion ofcourse is a non-sectarian idea, not false.

    Great article, thanks for sharing

  • awesome answer…

  • True person following the religious principles very strictly will love every one.The one who has no understanding only create havoc in the name of God and religion.Thank you maharaj.

  • Pankaj

    “I will allow no man to degrade my soul by causing me to hate them.”…Powerful !

  • Dr R K Mewada

    True religion teach to love not to fight. True religion teach to share not to take away. Real religion teach us to help others not to hate others..H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj has given perfect explanation. We need to teach common people to love, share and help each other rather than just to fight in name of religion.

  • bipin

    How concocted a version of religion do we have that we tag it as good, bad and ugly. A very beautiful description of religion and how it prods us to see people and values human life.

  • Abhinav Mutreja

    Correctly pointed out by Radhanath Swami that if we learn to see everyone with equal vision then there will be no fight or hatred.

  • Amar Kumar

    perfect answer

  • vraja

    wonderful reply by Radhanath Swami

  • Rahul Abhay Kamat

    Awesome answer

  • Ankit Patel

    Hari Bol.

  • Sundar Ananda das

    It is heartening to see Radhanath Swami create harmony among all religions…

  • Ankush

    Thank you so much Maharaj

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    All true religions are abovce violence but people use religion to cereate divide between people for their own selfish interests.

  • Hemant Solanki

    Hare Krishna Thank You for sharing

  • “Religion is about love and compassion and seeing all as one.” H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj has given the purpose of religion. Thank you Maharaj for giving this understanding.

  • Ganesh Gavali

    Really very beautiful answer .Haribol!

  • vidya

    all doubts cleared

  • Sundar

    Wonderful answer!

  • sandeep kaimal

    excellent answer by swamiji

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    As HH Radhanath Swami nicely answers, to love God means true religion and by hating other living entities one can not develope love of God, because God is in every one.

  • siddhesvari priya

    Very nice article thank you very much for explaining the meaning of religion

  • nandkishordas

    thank you maharaj for enlightening us

  • anand

    great answer…thanks for enlightening us.

  • Very nice article.Jai Sri Ram

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami’s answer is most convincing and every one should stop hating other living entities.

  • Jitendra Pardeshi

    Thank you HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj for the eye opener. This message needs to be propagated at all levels in the society to bring in real unity, peace and spiritual unliftment of one and all.

  • madri

    Radhanath swami explains each answer so beautifully and perfectly.

  • rahul paliwal

    thank you maharaj for wonderfull answer “the aim of the true religion is to see every one as part and parcel of the same lord”.

  • nandkishor das

    thank you for this post

  • Ravi Rawat

    Great peace formula

  • Viraj Kamat

    Thank you for giving the right meaning of religion.

  • nandkishor das

    very nicely explained by maharaj

  • “The Lord is in everyone. The spiritual spark is within everyone. Fighting and hating is contrary to the religion.” These words of H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj can bring in society if followed. All glories to Maharaj.

  • suresh

    As Maharaj said It is everyones duty to educate people about proper religion.

  • Ankit Patel

    Indeed if the religion and the people who are following are genuine then there is no violence.

  • This answer by His Holiness Radhanath Maharaj if implemented by each and every person in this world, this world will become a very peaceful place to live and each one of us will get a very conducive environment to practice God Consciousness.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    As HH Radhanath Swami nicely answers if one has love for God he/she can not hate any one as every living entity is part and parcel of God.

  • Sunny Hinduja


  • ravinder patel

    Thank u maharaj for explaining religion ….

  • madhura

    Thank you very much Maharaj.

  • Rajeev

    Thank you very very much maharaj.

  • chandraprakash

    very well said , it really the need of the hour

  • Radhanath swami has eradicated all the doughts about religion.

  • rohan

    Amazing article

  • Biswajit

    Hare Krishna

  • Very true.

  • Ankit patel

    Hare Krsna……….

  • Suresh Chari

    Maharaj your answers are so practical and an eye opener.

  • Ravi

    Thanks you maharaj

  • Pranjal Dixit

    Thank you very much Maharaj.

  • Loving and serving do not lead to violence. This explains how violence based on religion is meaningless. When we love God and serve Him, all the problems in life are over. All glories to Maharaj.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Thanks for sharing.

  • “The Lord is in everyone. The spiritual spark is within everyone. Fighting and hating is contrary to the religion.” H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj has explained who everyone is and what religion is. Thank you Maharaj.

  • Ujwal Wani

    Thanks for the wonderful answer Swamiji!!!

  • madhura


  • very interwsting.

  • Roshan

    A touching take on violence based on religion

  • Anand

    Saints like Srila Prabhupada & his many wonderful disciples (like Radhanath Swami and many more) truly follow the principles of Bhagavad Gita by seeing all living entities as equal and children of Krishna. So there’s no question of hating them be they of any religion or caste or country or species.

  • Phani

    Wonderful Answer by His Holiness.

  • Mukund

    Radhanath swami has given a perfect answer to a very relevant question.

  • Jai!! Very nice Q&A

  • anand

    Hare Krishna

  • very nice article.

  • radhikesha das

    super reply

  • madhura

    Amazing answer.

  • umesh

    thanks to Radhanath Swami for clarifying meaning of religion.

  • dhananjay

    this is the right understanding of the religion….

  • Damodar

    This is very common misunderstanding in minds of people today that violence is created by religion.Radhanath swami has given a wonderful and punching answer to explain that people who do not understand what real religion is cause violence in the name of religion otherwise religion teaches that everyone is son of same supreme Lord. Thanks to Radhanath swami.

  • raghuram

    a heart felt gratitude to RadhanathSwami

  • chandraprakash

    i dont know how to express my gratitude

  • anand

    perfect answer

  • Riya

    Hating causes degradation of soul….thanks for revealing this.

  • Sunny Mattas

    Wonderful reply by Radhanath Swami Maharaj! Thanks for sharing.

  • Amit Dusane

    Very nice and satisfying answers. Thank you Maharaj !!

  • shailesh

    So nicely explained by Radhanath Swami Maharaj ! Thank you for sharing !

  • Sahil Khosla

    This true defination of religion as explained by Radhanath Swami is so precise and essential for everyone understand

  • Balaram Acharya Das

    Enlightening answer. Jai Gurudev!!

  • Balaram Achraya Das

    Great answer.. All glories to Gurudev !!

  • Ranganath

    “I will allow no man to degrade my soul by causing me to hate them”

    Wonderfully Said.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Jai gurudev!