Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Democratic VS Divine Rule by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Read and hear the entire discussion here:

"That is the desire of Krsna, or God, that the state executive head should be as pious as Maharaja Yudhisthira. That is the scheme. Unfortunately, people do not want that. They have now discovered this democracy. Democracy... "Demon-cracy." Shortcut of "demon-cracy" is "democracy." All the demons and rogues, they gather together, somehow or other votes, and occupy the seat, and the business is plundering. The business is plundering. If we talk very much upon this, it will not be very favorable, but according to sastra... We, we talk according to sastra, that the democracy means assembly of rogues and plunderers. That is the statement in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Dasyu-dharmabhih. The government men will be all dasyu. Dasyu means plunderer. Not pickpocket. Pickpocket, somehow or other, if you do not understand, takes something from your pocket, and the plunderer, or the dasyu, he catches you and by force, "If you don't spare your money, I shall kill you." They are called dasyu.

So the, in the present age of Kali, the government men will be dasyu. This is stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Dasyu-dharmabhih. You can, we can see practically. You cannot keep your money. You earn with hard labor, but you cannot keep gold, you cannot keep jewelry, you cannot keep money. And... They will take it away by laws. So they make law that... Yudhisthira Maharaja was just quite opposite. He wanted to see that every citizen is so happy that they are not troubled even by excessive heat and excessive cold. Ati-vyadhi. They are not suffering from any disease, they are not suffering from excessive climatic influence, eating very nicely, and feeling security of person and property. That was Yudhisthira Maharaja. Not only Yudhisthira Maharaja. Almost all the kings, they were like that.

So Krsna is the original king. Because He is stated here, purusam adyam isvaram. Isvaram means controller. He's the original controller. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita. Mayadhyaksena [Bg. 9.10]. Mayadhyaksena prakrtih suyate sa-caracaram. Even this material nature, wonderful things are going on, that is being controlled by Krsna. This is to be understood. So we are reading Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam and other Vedic literature. What is the purpose? The purpose is vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyah [Bg. 15.15]. The purpose is to understand Krsna. If you don't understand Krsna, then your reading of so-called Vedas and Vedantas and Upanisads, they are useless waste of time. So here Kunti is directly saying that "My dear Krsna, You are adyam purusam, the original person. And isvaram. You are not ordinary person. You are the supreme controller." That is understanding of Krsna. Isvarah paramah krsnah [Bs. 5.1]. Everyone is controller, but the supreme controller is Krsna.

So although this material world is condemned... Duhkhalayam asasvatam [Bg. 8.15], Krsna says. It is also Krsna's kingdom. Because everything belongs to God, Krsna. So this condemned place is created for suffering of the condemned persons. Who are condemned? Those who have forgotten Krsna and wants to become happy independently, they are all condemned demons. And those who are surrendered to Krsna, they are not condemned. That is the difference. So although Krsna has created this material world for the condemned persons, still, He wants to see that they are having their necessities of life and..., so that they may live prosperously. And let them enjoy for some time this material world according to their inclination. But at last, let them come back home, back to home, back to Godhead. Just like the prisoners: they are condemned, and the government puts them into jail. So for their criminality they are punished within the jail. But the government does not want that these prisoners may remain perpetually within the jail. The same thing. Try to understand. Government does not want. Government wants that "They have been condemned. So for their criminality, let them suffer for some time. And then they correct themselves and again they are freed." Not that government does..".