Tuesday, August 9, 2016

RE: Krishna Devotees and Mundane Politics

[PADA: There are some devotees who are obsessed with the mundane politics of the USA elections and so forth, and it seems they are wasting a lot of energy on discussing this issue. Meanwhile, most of these people have not tried to fix ISKCON very much? Anyway, mundane politics is basically a waste of time, that is the main thing Srila Prabhupada wanted us to know. These politicians will be going on forever in this world, because its the world of illusion. ys pd]  

And thus ends my foray into the sentimental field of politics. What a shockingly powerful rebuke from Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 

"Why should our temples support or denounce Hitler. If somebody says something in this connection it must simply be sentiment. We have nothing to do with politics. It is after all sentiment, you say something and I say something. In this material world to say this is good and this is bad has no value. To us, everything material is bad as it is lacking Krsna consciousness. Just like wet stool and dry stool. 

Stool is stool, but somebody is saying that wet stool is better than dry stool. What is this good and bad? The top side of some stool is dry and the bottom side is wet, but anyway that you take it, the material world is stool, and it must be given up. Therefore, we are trying to get out of the material world and go back Home, back to Godhead. But, of course, everyone has got some sentiment. If you want that my sentiment be decried, what is the wrong if I say that your sentiment should be decried? 

In this material world of duality, this is good and this is bad has no meaning. It is called manodharma, mental concoction. However, the real truth is that Krsna says that: duhkhalayam asasvatam; the world is a place of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. Now this is good misery or bad misery? Misery is misery; and you have to die, good die or bad die? So to us everything material, without connection to Krsna, is to be rejected as stool, otherwise we will waste valuable time needed to solve the real problems of life, namely, birth, death, disease, and old age.” (Siksamrta pages 1241 to 1242 76-05 SPL to Dr Wolf, 20th of May, 1976)

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