criminals everywhere and how to insulate yourself from them–SP

February 12, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Hare Krsna to all
Pranams
Glories to Srila Prabhupada
 
Below we have a few statements by Srila Prabhupada regarding crime in both America and India,( and the entire world for that matter).
It has become so bad today, I just heard a news report from a credit card industry person who says that millions of Americans (and others as well) , are at risk of having their credit card numbers stolen and used by international thieves-even if you have fraud and other theft protection !! The criminals have become so expert, that the credit card industry knows it has to issue an entirely new type of card which (at least for now) will thwart the thieves from stealing your personal information and racking up a huge bill in your name.But like car recalls, the pencil pushers (staticians) tell the car manufacturers not to fix all the millions of car defects because its cheaper to settle a few lawsuits out of court than to fix millions of car problems. Even if hundreds or thousands may die from these defects ! Same thing with the credit cards. This the unfortunate situation of the age in which we live. The government cant help you,and the companies who are supposed to be working for you, cant help you.
So who can help you? Nobody !
You have to help yourself– by being smart. How do you become smart?
There is a saying that God helps those who help themselves and this means
 
Srila Prabhupada says….In Bhagavad-gītā (9.22Kṛṣṇa says that He provides for His devotees by giving them what they lack and preserving what they have. People are very fond of saying that God helps those who helpthemselves, but they do not understand that helping yourself meansputting yourself under Kṛṣṇa’s protection. If one thinks, “Oh, I can help myself. I can protect myself,” one is thinking foolishly. As long as my finger is attached to my body, it is useful, and I may spend thousands of dollars to preserve it. But if this finger is cut off, it is useless and is thrown away. Similarly, we are part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa, and helping ourselves means putting ourselves in our proper position as His parts and parcels.Otherwise we are only fit to be cast away. The finger can help itself only when situated properly on the hand and working on behalf of the entire body. If the finger thinks, “I will separate myself from this body and simply help myself,” that finger will be cast away and will die. As soon as we think, “I shall live independently of Kṛṣṇa,” that is our spiritual (and material) death, and as soon as we engage in Kṛṣṇa’s service, as His part and parcel, that is our spiritual life.Therefore, helping oneself means knowing one’s actual position and working accordingly. It is not possible to help oneself without knowing one’s position. POP 1
 
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
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Madhudviṣa: They have made a survey in America.They have made a survey that nine out of every ten crimes  never gets a victim.

Prabhupāda: Hm?

Madhudviṣa: Never gets solved. Nine out of every ten crimes never gets solved in America.

Prabhupāda: No, it cannot be solved.

Pañcadraviḍa: It’s more than that, probably.

Madhudviṣa: So the criminal is very much encouraged, because he has only one chance in ten of getting caught whether he robs a bank or steals or rapes or something like that.

Prabhupāda: But for this purpose they are maintaining huge policeforce, and you are earning money and tax, that’s all.

Rāmeśvara: The police all accept bribes.

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Rāmeśvara: They all accept bribes or they do some illegal business themselves with the criminals they capture.

Prabhupāda: Yes, regular… Every criminal has got organization to bribe the police. And the police does not take directly, and some in-between man, agent, he collects from the criminal and gives to the police. In India this is going on. I know that. A via-media man, he makes fortune. Yes. Whatever is collected, ten percent he takes, and balance is given to the police. There is a confectioner in Delhi. He is selling jalebi. You knowjalebi?

Devotees: Yes.

Prabhupāda: He has got ten lakhs of rupees because he collects the bribefrom others and pay to the police. Everyone knows. There was one Mullik, now, on that Mahātmā Gandhi Road. His business was that. He was collecting. That quarter, our quarter, was full of pocket, pickpockets,guṇḍās. Pickpockets, gundas, in our childhood they were our neighborhood. (laughs) I remember when I was child I was coming, and the pickpocket was pickpocketing, and he was… He was doing like that: “Don’t speak. Don’t talk.” I have seen all this. And whenever there was any riot, so we were accustomed to see everything. When there wasHindu-Muslim riot, one boyfriend told me, “Oh, don’t go to your house. It is… A great riot is…” I thought, “Riot is going on daily.” It was the same thing. [break] …quarter. Induriya prakāra(?)

Bhāgavata: In New York one policeman admitted that when the policewould capture the thieves with the stolen goods, then they would confiscate the goods and keep it privately in their homes and sell the stolen goods and get the money for themselves. They would not return it to the owner, but they would utilize it for making money. So they are also thieves.

Prabhupāda: So if this is the practice in a country which is so opulent, just imagine what is there in India.
Mayapur March 13 1976
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That is the contribution. And for this reason he had to face so many vehement protests from this brāhmaṇa class gosvāmīns. He… They conspired to kill him. Guru Mahārāja told me personally.Others… Because, by his grace, when I used to meet alone, he used to talk so many things. He was so kind that he used to talk so many things with me. So he personally told me that “These people, they wanted to kill me. They collected 25,000 rupees and went to the police officer in charge of that area, that ‘You take this 25,000 rupees. We shall do something against Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī. You don’t take any step.’ ” He could understand that they want to kill him. Just like in your country also, the polit…, Kennedy, was killed. You know. .. So the police officer frankly said, “Of course, we accept bribe, and we indulge in such things, but not for a sādhu, not for a saintly person. I cannot dare this.” And the police officer refused and came to my Guru Mahārāja that “You take care. This is the position.” You see? So vehemently protested. Feb 7 1969 LA
 
Kaliyuga is full of contamination. This is described in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (12.3.51):

kaler doṣanidhe rājann
asti hy eko mahān guṇaḥ
kīrtanād eva kṛṣṇasya
muktasaṅgaḥ paraṁ vrajet

This age of Kali is full of unlimited faults. Indeed, it is just like an oceanof faults (doṣanidhi). But there is one chance, one opportunity.Kīrtanād eva kṛṣṇasya muktasaṅgaḥ paraṁ vrajet: simply by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, one can be freed from the contamination ofKaliyuga and, in his original spiritual body, can return home, back to Godhead. This is the opportunity of Kaliyuga.
 SB 8.5.23 purport
nāma vinu kali-kāle nāhi āra dharma

sarva-mantra-sāra nāma, ei śāstra-marma

TRANSLATION

” ‘In this Age of Kali there is no religious principle other than the chanting of the holy name, which is the essence of all Vedic hymns. This is the purport of all scriptures.’ Adi 7.74