Srila Prabhupada on Politics

November 17, 2019 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-
So today Nov 16, 2019 in USA there is much concern by the common man over President Trump and his behind the scenes dealing with his political adversaries, whom he would like to eliminate in the next Presidential election. So he has gone to the corrupt Ukrainian government officials to tried to bribe them into investigating his democartic rivals activities and try to influence the next election in his favor. Otherwise Trump will not release 400 million dollars in military aid to this government. And this is just the tip of the devious iceberg or current world wide governments.
Srila Prabhupada let one of his disciples try out politics in Atlanta Georgia some time ago, but then told him to just forget it because as everyone knows, politics is always a corrupt and back biting business and not meant for those souls who want to go back to Godhead.
Better to keep our minds focused on the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna-that will ensure us a brighter future, something the politicians can never deliver to anybody.
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Canakya pandit tells us to never trust women, politicians and those with long nails. And he also says, that is we don’t take good advice then we will perish soon…….
June 14 1974 Paris
Devotee: But isn’t that not good because the politicians nowadays, when they are running their campaign, they say so many lies and everything to the public, that “When I am elected I will do this and I will do that,” and they do so many… They pay off so many people in order that they can become elected. So always the good persons are… I guess they also have to cheat in order to get in position, but usually the…
Prabhupāda: Therefore we have stopped our political activities. It is not good. It will be hampering to our spiritual understanding.
Devotee: Because we will also have to do that.
Prabhupāda: If you want to dance, you cannot be shy. There is a Bengali proverb, nate vase guṇṭhana tana (?). You understand Bengali? No. That, “When you are going to dance… A girl, or a lady is supposed to dance in the platform, in the stage, and when she came, she saw thousands of people. Then she drew her veil, what is called, guṇṭhana, became little ashamed. So you are going to dance. What is the use of veiling yourself?” So similarly, when one takes part in politics, if you don’t take all the tactics of politics, then you cannot gain ground.
Devotee: But more and more the people, especially in America, they are seeing how these politicians are cheating. Because every year, in every campaign, the same politician is saying, “I will do this, I will do that,” and when he gets into office, he never does anything. But maybe now this time, when our Kṛṣṇa conscious devotees are running and they are showing the people what rascals… Just like Balavanta on TV, he was saying “How can these people be leader, when they are themselves permitting slaughter, drinking, smoking, having illicit sex life.”
Prabhupāda: That is a fact. That is a fact. But why the leader? The public also drinks. They also encourage slaughterhouse. So if you say to the public that they cannot be leader, then there is no leader. They cannot find out any leader. The public will understand that “I also eat meat, I also drink, do the same thing. Why the leader should be something, saintly person? After all, he is our leader. So we are of the same character. So why the leader should be something different?” They cannot understand it.
Devotee: Therefore we must cheat.

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