Saturday, October 28, 2006

Notes on Dhanesvara Prabhu's class on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.10.3

Now that there is an increase in communications, there is talk of a world government. International treaties are the beginning of this. Generally, however, many people protest such treaties. People are distrustful because of the corruption of the government.

Historically the brahmanas, the intellectual class, abused their power and become degraded. Then the ruling class abused their kingly positions, and were overthrown. Now the productive class is trying to exercise governmental power, but they are also corrupt. Thus the laborer class will try to take control as they did with communism. Democracy is destined to fail due to lack of spiritual vision. All these ideologies for ruling society are imperfect and will fail because of neglect of the supreme truth. Srimad-Bhagavatam offers of a description of a perfect God-centered government. When people read Srila Prabhupada's books, they can learn of the actual qualifications for true leaders and demand them.

In the CIS countries there are many people looking for a superior ideology. So there is an opportunity to interest these people in the God-centered society described in Srimad-Bhagavatam.

Srila Prabhupada said that history will record how the Krishna consciousness movement saved the world in its darkest hour.

Q: If all but the five Pandavas were killed in the Battle of Kuruksetra, who was there left to play the role of leaders.
A: It is a fact that most of the administrator class was killed in the war, but the brahmanas recreate the administrative class when it becomes dysfunctional or nonexistent.

Government does not need to be complicated to take care of the material needs of society. But due to selfishness, we make things unnecessarily complicated. We cannot elect better leaders, because it is our karma to get the corrupt leaders we have, but if we give up our sinful activities, we will deserve better leaders. Srila Prabhupada said a Vaishnava leader would immediately close all the slaughterhouses, gambling casinos, and liquor shops, and thus put an end to all these sinful activities.