The world is going to dogs and this means that confrontation with atheists is unavoidable. There’s no such thing as co-existence with them, we should gather strength and bide our time for the final showdown. Lord Kalki will come and solve the problem of atheism once and for all but there surely must be multiple tactical engagements in the meantime. Each one would look like a matter of life and death for us even though life, as usual, will go on.
Hope for peace, they say, but prepare for war – describes our situation perfectly. We see our mission as introducing ten thousand years of Satyalike golden age but for the atheists we will look like death personified. Someone always ends up on the wrong side of history, it’s us or them, so it’s better be them this time.
After those ten thousand years are over atheists will have their day in the sun, too, but it won’t be our concern anymore. We can do only so much for the world and we are not meant to stop Kali Yuga altogether. Our concern is to make sure atheism is destroyed now so that golden age would become possible.
They won’t go down without a fight, however, they never do. Despite all their talk, modern civilization of “peace” is backed up by the biggest military force in the history of humanity (modern history, not Vedic). One could argue that military expenditures around the world are stable if not going down but the US more than makes up for everybody else’s slack, the world just outsources policing to the Americans.
Internally, police force presence might not be very obvious but their skills at crowd control are growing all the time. Mobs overthrowing elected governments is so “third world”, in Europe and the US people simply can’t win. Just to have a feel of how police is prepared – there are over a hundred SWAT team raids happening every day, more than in an entire year back when Hare Kṛṣṇas were taking over the world for the first time. Defeating atheism won’t be a walkover.
Śrīla Prabhupāda famously said that if the government knew our real purpose they would have outlawed us from the start (the need for the source of this quote is answered by me using the world “famously” – it’s the best I can do atm). At that time we simply flew under the radar but it won’t last forever – consider that the government still won’t allow us to build a temple in Moscow, a place where there are tens of thousands of Kṛṣṇa worshipers. They, and the Orthodox church, correctly see us as an unacceptable threat. We can say that Russians have always been into totalitarianism but the same thing would happen everywhere as soon as we demand regulative principles being legally enforced.
If we think that making these decisions, to follow regs or not, should be everyone’s personal choice we would be fooling ourselves. Varṇāśrama is impossible without kṣatriyas and kṣatriyas are impossible without threat of force.
The whole idea that we can just sing our songs and the whole society would happily give up sinful activities is demoniac propaganda – that’s what atheists tell their enemies. They go to foreign countries and tell them to give people rights and freedoms so that their governments can be “democratically” overthrown. Whoever wants to contest power must do so democratically, they say, but they don’t even think about following this rule themselves.
Perfect example is the current civil war in Ukraine. When previous president was still in power he was condemned for “brutal” crackdown on peaceful demonstrators and for outlawing people’s right to protest. When he lost power and some regions refused to accept the new authorities, ie when the situation reversed, Ukraine moved their entire army to military subdue dissent. Well, they have lots of excuses and explanations but the fact remains – atheists are more than ready to use force when it suits them but deny this right to their opponents. I assume Kiev playing the role of atheists here because of their solid backing by the US and clear secular, liberal democracy agenda.
All these considerations should, in theory, affect our tactics and policies. We must be ready to protect our right to live our lives as Śrīla Prabhupāda wanted us and we must be ready to eventually take over the rest of the society, too. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is not a democracy, it requires leadership and so there should be people telling others what to do and there should be people enforcing their advice. If everyone is born as a śūdra then this is what people will happily embrace – certainty and patronage, and strong laws.
Taking over governments is, obviously, not on the cards yet but this revolution must start at home, within our ISKCON. We can’t become the society of anything goes. We need a strong, enforceable code of conduct based on principles of varṇāśrama, we need to strictly follow Śrīla Prabhupāda, which is our only source of strength, especially philosophically.
It might look, as we attract thousands of able people, that we can rely on the strength they bring to us but that would be a wrong understanding. Their skills is only one side of what they bring, their materialistic ambitions and aspirations is another. We cannot accept them “as they are”, we need to purify them first. Our strength is purity, not skills, and purity comes from strictly following our ācāryas.
If we ever hope to produce a sustainable Kṛṣṇa conscious society that could serve as an example for the rest of the world we need to build it as close to varṇāśrama and Śrīla Prabhupāda’s vision as possible.
Our brāhmaṇas must be as close to the ideal as possible and their advice must be as close to what Śrīla Prabhupāda wanted as possible and our leaders must be able to propagate, and enforce their advice effectively.
Men must be men, women must be women, children must be trained in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, not in atheistic curriculum, leaders must be leaders, vaiśyas must develop the land and raise the cows and so on.
Unfortunately, we spend all our energy on such non issues as whether we should adjust for modern feminism and let women become gurus. On how to train our people in the art of divorce, On whether we should become vegans and serve vegan food at our Sunday feasts, and the biggest time waster of all – whether we should revert to 1973 edition of Bhagavad Gīta or not.
Obsessed with trivial things like that we have no time to build a functioning society. Actually, discussions like this means that we are becoming dysfunctional instead.
Why is this happening? Because we foolishly think that everyone has the right to practice Kṛṣṇa consciousness as he desires, not as our leaders tell him. When we insist on ISKCON accommodating our own ambitions we destroy our society from within.
We must remember that ISKCON is not ours to do whatever we want in a democratic manner, it’s Śrīla Prabhupāda’s. GBC is there not to practice democracy and represent opinions of ordinary members on the ground but to collectively decide on what would Śrīla Prabhupāda do if he was here. These two roles are fundamentally different. GBC is not a concession to modern times, it’s not introducing democracy into a religious institution, it’s an autocratic tool of our founder ācārya.
Somehow we slipped into thinking that having better, more responsive GBC and lots of various ministries should empower and serve us, the ordinary members, or that our society has become “self-governed”. This should not be happening, GBC should become stronger and more autocratic instead even if we might not like it at first, and it surely must purge itself of all outside influences like feminism and democracy.
I say “should” a lot but my approach is actually descriptive. This is what should be happening as ISKCON grows and there are signs that it is actually so, there are currents in our movement that flow in this exact direction. What I’m saying is that they are our future while those opposing them are our obstacles, and obstacles should act as obstacles, I don’t mean to tell anyone to change their ways. The changes that I “prescribed” in this post will happen on their own anyway.
I’m not as militant as I sound, I just want to identify certain trends and present them as our inevitable future, and I might be totally wrong, too.