It is going to be the greatest country in the world as far as population is concerned, and it has been dominated by small nations, small tribes. People simply lost nerve, they simply dropped the very idea of fighting. Mahabharata, the great Indian war, was such a deep wound that India lost its guts.
If I have compared Krishna with Adolf Hitler, I don’t think I have done anything wrong. But the prejudices are such that people are not ready to see their conditionings.
Krishna was a non-vegetarian; Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian. Krishna had sixteen thousand wives, and only one out of sixteen thousand was his real married wife. The remaining were all other people’s wives, whom he forcibly snatched from their families, from their small children, from their husbands, from their old parents.
He destroyed sixteen thousand families and I don’t think he would even have recognized those sixteen thousand women. He treated women almost like cattle. Any woman that caught his eye was immediately taken away by his soldiers to his palace.
Hitler remained a bachelor his whole life. Just for three hours before he died he married. And the only thing he did with his wife after the marriage was to commit suicide because the enemy was dropping bombs on Berlin. He had lost the war. And the woman was insisting for years, “We should get married.” But he had been saying, “Wait till I am victorious; I don’t have time for anything else. Once I’m victorious and I have proved that the nomad Nordic Germans are the highest and holiest and the God-chosen race…I have no time for anything else.”
When he saw that now there is no question of any victory, he is finished, the whole of Germany is gone, his capital is being bombed, he is being searched – and he was hiding in an underground basement – he allowed the woman… He told his secretary, “Find any priest and bring him immediately; I want to be married. Let this woman’s desire be completed.”
A priest was brought in the middle of the night. They were married and after the marriage he took poison, and the wife took poison. And he had ordered his people that after they were dead to immediately pour petrol over them and burn their bodies completely. They didn’t even want the enemy to get any trace of their bodies.
Adolf Hitler had no habits like smoking or drinking. He used to get up early in the morning and he used to go to bed early in the evening. He was almost a mahatma, a great soul.
But Hindus will be hurt, because they think Krishna is the reincarnation of God himself; they are hurt because of a conditioning. If they have a little intelligence to see, then they can see that both persons have perpetuated war, violence, cruelty, destructiveness.