Sri Radha Govinda, Amsterdam NL

Sri Radha Govinda, Amsterdam NL
Sri Radha Govinda, Amsterdam NL (Personal Deities)

03 September 2009

Anti American

Martha Gellhorn, explains "anti-American":

"I'll tell you what 'anti-American' is," she said. "It's what governments and their vested interested call those who honor America by objecting to war and the theft of resources and believing in all of humanity. There are millions of these anti-Americans in the United States. They are ordinary people who belong to no elite and who judge their government in moral terms, though they would call it common decency. They are not vain. They are the people with a wakeful conscience, the best of America's citizens. They can be counted on. They were in the south with the Civil Rights movement, ending slavery. They were in the streets, demanding an end to the wars in Asia. Sure, they disappear from view now and then, but they are like seeds beneath the snow. I would say they are truly exceptional."

The initial cause of Lord Krsna's advent 5000 years ago was the distress caused to mother Earth by the unbearable burden of, "the unnecessary defense force of different kings, who were actually demons, but were posing themselves as the royal order. At that time, the whole world became perturbed...” (1. Advent of Lord Krsna, Krsna Book, A.C. Bhktivedanta Swami Prabhupada).

It does not take a big stretch of the imagination to equate the demonic Kings of yore with today’s prominent political leaders. A distinguishing quality of the demons is their insatiable lust for power. Blinded by delusion they will stop at nothing to achieve dominion over all they see. Truly, it’s every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost. Not for nothing was this idiom first recorded in the Colonial Record of Georgia (1742). Although many things have changed since those shameful days of colonial mayhem, the underlying principles have regrettably stayed the same.

In the present situation change can only come from the bottom up. The overwhelming majority with common decency can create change by challenging the immoral, indecent criminal leadership of the few. Five hundred years ago in Bengal, India, Caitanya Mahaprabhu reversed a repressive political current by staging a civil disobedience movement. Sixty years ago Gandhi did the same. Reclaiming our moral ground is the first step on the road to enlightenment.

"At a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
(George Orwell)