So all living entities, being fallen in this material condition, they are all suffering. So Vaiṣṇava sympathy is there. If actually there is any sympathizer for the fallen conditioned souls, he is a Vaiṣṇava. He knows how, why they are suffering. Therefore he wants to give him the information: "My dear friend, you are suffering simply for forgetting your real lover, Kṛṣṇa. Therefore you are suffering." This is the message, Vaiṣṇava's message. For this message Kṛṣṇa comes Himself as the Supreme Lord. He also says,
- sarva-dharmān parityajya
- mām ekaṁśaraṇaṁ
- (BG 18.66)
Your loving propensity has been distributed in so many things, but you are not happy, because... If you don’t love Kṛṣṇa, whatever you do in the name of so-called love, you will commit sinful life, disobedience. For example, if you are disobedient to the state law, that means your all activities are sinful. You may color it, "Oh, this is very nice," but that…, that will not. Nature, because you are servant of Kṛṣṇa, jīvera svarūpa haya nitya kṛṣṇa dāsa (CC Madhya 20.108), your eternal position is to serve Kṛṣṇa. So without this knowledge, whatever service you are going to render to somebody else, that is sinful. That is the same example. If you don’t obey the state laws, and you become a philanthropist…
So I have seen in India. In India, when there was independence movement—well not only in India, in every country—when there was independence movement, many persons were hanged, condemned to death. But you are a great lover of the country. But on account of his intense feeling for loving his country, he was hanged, because the law... He disobeyed the government law. Just try to understand. Similarly, if we disobey the supreme government laws, that is called dharma. Dharma means the supreme government law. Dharmaṁ tu sākṣād bhagavat-praṇītam (SB 6.3.19). Dharma means… And what is that dharma? Kṛṣṇa says, it is very simple thing, sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ. Real religion is to surrender to Kṛṣṇa, or God. That is real religion. Without that point, all religions, they are cheating simply. You see? Dharmaḥ projjhita-kaitavo 'tra (SB 1.1.2), Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam begins. Cheating religion. If there is no love of God, that is not the… Simply some ritualistic formula. That is not religion. Just like Hindus go, as a ritualistic formula, to the temple, or the Muslim goes to the mosque, or the Christians go to the church. But they have no love for God; simply official. Because they have to stamp themselves with some religious mark: "I belong to Hindu religion," "I belong to Christian religion." That is only for fighting, that's all, because there is no love. If you... If you are religious, that means you must be God conscious. So if you are God conscious, if I am God conscious, where is the cause of fighting? So that point they are missing; therefore such kind of religion is cheating religion, because there is no love.