HOW CAN YOU CALL YOURSELF RELIGIOUS IF YOU DO NOT LOVE GOD?

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

There is scarcity of devotees of God at the present moment. People have rejected God. Somebody is saying, “God is dead.” Somebody is accepting a rascal as God. Somebody is declaring himself as God. That is not correct.

One should try to understand God scientifically and become a devotee – a lover of God. If you do that, then your life will be successful. That is Krishna consciousness movement. It is not that “My God” or “Your God;” “This religion” or “That religion.” God is one and religion is one.

And what is that religion? “Love of God”. That’s all. There is no other second religion. This is the real religion. Therefore God comes and says,

sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekam śaranam vraja:
 “Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me [Bg. 18.66].”

This is religion. Don’t be after so-called religion. If you become a lover of God, then you are first-class religionist. That’s all. That is taught by God in the Bhagavad Gita [18.66]. But if you don’t love God, and you simply love dog, how can you be religious?

[An excerpt from a lecture delivered on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.7 in New Vrindaban on September 5, 1972]

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