I want to eradicate idol worship by the change of hearts of people.
Maharishi Dayanand bitterly opposed worshipping an idol as a substitute gor God. He was very well aware of the harms that idol worship had done. In Farukhabad a small temple was situated in the midst of a road which was under repair. Swamiji's disciple Madan Mohan said to swamiji, "Magistrate Mr. Scott is your devotee. If you just give hint, the temple will be demolished in road repair work." Maharishi replied that he wanted people to give up idol worship by the change of heart and against demolishing temples by force.