By comparison, Mark's quote of Jesus that a person
should SHUN parents if they were luke-warm (instead of
KILLING them), does not sound nearly as bad as it
I met an Indian saint who told me of similar things he did with his own
parents. To begin with, it is part of a practice which requires one to give up
his family identity. Just like Gautama did.
This saint told me about his own mother. He told her years earlier he would
see her again at her time of death. So years later she called and he appeared
and she left in the peace she sought. So the shunning achieved its purpose.