By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
We have created so many religious system, so many religious system. And the Hindu is fighting with the Muslim, Muslim is fighting with the Hindu, that “My religion is better than your religion.” The Jews are fighting with the Christians; and the black fighting with the white; white fighting with the black. This Kali… that is the result of this material existence. Samsāra-dāvānala-līdha-loka. That is the work of this material nature. Even if you want to live very peacefully, you’ll not be allowed to live. Daivī hy esā gunamayī mama māyā duratyayā [Bg. 7.14]. It is not a place to live very peacefully. But if you think artificially that “We are very happy. We are advanced in material civilization and we have very comfortable life,” where is comfort? There cannot be any comfort. Therefore it is the duty of māyā to remind you, always putting you in distressed condition. Duhkhālayam aśāśvatam [Bg. 8.15]. You cannot live peacefully, happily, within the prison house. Because you are condemned to this prison life, you cannot expect very comfortable life there.
God is equally kind, equally merciful, but we fight. We disagree in religious principles. That is due to Kali – Kali means due to our fighting spirit. It is not (due to) God. God is equal to everyone. We fight because we have got misconception. So we think that this religion is better than that religion, or that religion is better than… Every religion must be good, provided one is God conscious. We say that.
So many people question in the Western countries, “Whether one can attain perfection by following Christian religion?” Why not? You can also attain. But who is following? First of all, let me see who is following Christian religion. The Christian religion says in the beginning, first commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” and you are simply killing. So where is Christian? Christian religion is not bad – no religion is bad. But where is Christian? Where is Hindu? They are all godless rascals. Therefore there is misunderstanding.
Otherwise, if everyone is God conscious, if everyone knows that God is present everywhere, “Whatever I do, He will see. He’ll see as sunshine. He’ll see as moonshine. He’ll see as water…” Raso ‘ham apsu kaunteya. Who can avoid water? Who can avoid sunshine? Who can avoid moonshine? Nobody can. So God says, “These things are I am.” Raso ‘ham apsu kaunteya prabhāsmi śaśi-sūryayoh [Bg. 7.8]. So how can you avoid God’s vigilance? Then how you can commit sinful… They do not believe in existence of God. They have been taught like that, and they do not know what is God.
This is the misfortune of the present civilization – present godless civilization… Therefore they have created simply chaotic situation all over the world. Therefore the Krishna consciousness movement is very very important and essential.
[An excerpt from a Lecture on the Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.28, Mayapur, October 8, 1974]