Sunday, July 4, 2021

Excerpt from Bhagavatam- Politicians, citizens and civilization

The leaders of the state no longer protect the people, but plunder the citizenry through excessive taxation. Political leadership falls into the hands of unprincipled rogues, criminals and terrorists, who use their power to exploit the people. Entire populations are enslaved and put to death. The world teems with fanatics, extremists and spiritual artists, who win huge followings among a people completely dazed by hedonism, as well as by cultural and moral relativism. 
The saints and sages of ancient India describe the people of this age as greedy, ill-behaved, and merciless. Civilization lacks any kind of divine guidance. It is the age of spiritual darkness, violence and hypocrisy( Excerpt from SB).

Hippies and the Hare krishna movement

The hippies were used to taking drugs and staying high. But Hare krishna movement founder, Srila Prabhupada taught them that the high of the drug comes down the next morning but Krishna consciousness could sustain them forever.

Prabhupada helped them with kirtans, invited them to lectures and soon they became followers of the Vedic culture. Many became full-time volunteers for the institution.
Just as ISKCON found ardent devotees like George Harrison back in The Beatles’ heyday, it continues to attract followers across the world even today.

What is Krishna conscious movement ?

The Hare Krishna movement,(Krishna conscious movement) a  Gaudiya Vaishnavism sect of hinduism  was started in the 16th century by Sri Chaitanya  Mahaprabhu of Bengal (1486-1533). He emphasized the worship of Krishna and believed that chanting the names of God was so powerful that in addition to one's own meditation on them, they should also be chanted in the streets for the benefit of all.

Swami Prabhupada brought the movement — called the International Society of Krishna Consciousness — to the U.S. in 1966. 

When it spread to England, it gained publicity, Since then, ISKCON has established more than 800 centers all over the world and has millions of followers.

Key to the spread of Gaudiya Vaishnava theology in the Western world were Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's extensive writings and translations. These works are now available in more than seventy languages and serve as great philosophical masterpiece worldwide.

Vedic way of life and sustainability

The greatest barrier to an ecologically balanced environment is a materialistic world-view that assumes the individual as a biochemical machine operating without a soul. 

Isha Upanisad, a popular Vedic text, says that everything in the universe both animate and inanimate  is controlled and owned by Lord. Therefore, one should only accept those things that are necessary to make a living, and not be greedy about possessing more than required.

The over consumptive behavior and  of humans is the sole core cause of degradation, destruction and extinction of species. 

Environment conscious people and researchers are struggling to decode the humanity’s complex relationship with nature and about ways of making it sustainable.

Krishna in Gita by teaches the nature of the soul. A  person should act selflessly being in  knowledge that he or she is soul, not the body. Gita gives instructions on the soul, suggesting to make a  simple living with detachment from the world, not exploitation of it and performance of actions, based on one’s identity as soul, from a higher perspective. One of the important goal of yoga is to control selfish desires, and in so doing, to see all beings, including every animals and plants, as equal souls.

Spiritual communism


Modern communism originally sprouted from the idea to change humanity for better based on equality and honest distribution of goods.

But the consequences of modern communism couldn't work as it was based on man made ideas of what's good and evil. 
Srimad-Bhagavatam gives ideas on  filling  this need in human society.

The ideals of spiritual communism, according to Srimad-Bhagavatam are based more or less on the oneness of the  of the entire energy of living beings not only human society. 

It begins, therefore, with the aphorism of Vedānta philosophy janmādy asya yataḥ (SB 1.1.1) to establish the ideal of a common cause.

The art of not trying ( Effortless living)

We as a beings  are not fully independent. Our actions of feeling, willing and thinking are not completely independent in itself. The nature or unseen force is driving us to do actions innately without our knowledge at most circumstances . 

The philosophy of effortless living or the art of not trying  comes here into action where we don't go against the circumstances that affect us . Instead we try to let it happen.