For the past two days I feel like I tried to justify what is clearly seen as wrongdoing by the rest of the world. It’s as if I was a contrarian just for the sake of the argument and to spoil everyone’s party, which is not cool, and today I’m going to think of arguments in support of people’s outrage from the perspective of Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
There’s another reason the outrage should be acceptable – not long time ago I argued myself that democracy, for all its faults, is a prescribed way of governing for this age – because saṅkīrtana, so if it’s supposed to protect us from the degrading influence of Kali then public outrage over hidden assets should be legitimate, too. But how?
On the surface of it it’s easy – politicians are not supposed to be hiding their wealth from people but be upfront and honest about it so when they do hide their money everyone immediately suspects ill-gotten gains and abuse of their office. How does that fit with saṅkīrtana, however?
When applied to governing saṅkīrtana means people should come together and discuss the ways of implementing God’s law congregationally, accepting all the ideas and bouncing them off each other to appreciate innumerable ways God’s will can be implemented. Some ideas are better than others on the whole but they all stress some aspects of God’s wisdom and goodness that can be duly appreciated.
Say liberals want to increase taxes and increase government’s role in running the country. It means they realize that on our own we are all susceptible to corrupt influence of Kali and managing our resources together is the better way to avoid temptations of greed and selfishness in our lives.
Conservative, on the other hand, want to keep taxes law and government small. In this we can see that they demand personal surrender to the Lord so that no one can hide behind others’ backs and only pretend to be doing saṅkīrtana (or governing, in this case). Congregational chanting becomes saṅkīrtana only if it’s done be devotees and it’s the change that should happen in one’s own heart, no one will do that job for you. When your bhakti is strong you’ll naturally become a very valuable contributor to saṅkīrtana, too.
People are supposed to weigh all the arguments, appreciate the effort in pleasing the Lord, and together decide on a common course of action acceptable to all. Those who are slacking off will be encouraged to pull their weight and those who are attached to their own progress will encourage to join in and share.
It’s with this attitude that people should frown upon hiding assets offshore – because there should be no duplicity in congregational chanting or governing. People should take this service with pure hearts and with most exalted of all intentions – to serve the Lord by elevating the entire society to the standards of daivī-varṇāśrama. There should be no place there for ulterior motives and no desire for personal gains.
Implementing varṇāśrama means they are going to be rewarded very richly anyway, beyond their expectations, but the condition for this kind of success is no attachment. If they ARE after money then the Lord will probably withhold it to teach them a lesson in renunciation, which is what happening with Panama Papers now.
If they are taking public office with ulterior motives saṅkīrtana doesn’t happen, they commit offenses and smear their own names in infamy. Why does it happen? Because people do democracy all wrong.
Stripped of religion democracy loses its common goal and without common goal people are not going to make personal sacrifices. Without personal sacrifices their attachments grow and it becomes impossible to avoid temptations that come with power.
Well, actually, everyone is forced to make sacrifices anyway but when they are doing it not out of desire to please the Lord and encourage others to serve him, they will be forced to do it under the modes of nature and in Kali yuga it will be passion and ignorance and it will always end in disaster. When not doing it for the Lord there’s only misleading rush in the beginning but no transcendental sense of happiness and satisfaction, and then they get caught. So much trouble and all for nothing.
However, by dint of their desire to serve the public good, the Lord does not forget them and even in punishment they can find His mercy and they are most likely to get away with it after all. They can’t carry their riches to the grave, of course, but, perhaps, this little scare would teach them the lesson in flickering temporality of it all. They should be clearly sensing right now that they can lose everything in a second and that kind of fright should leave the correct impression in their psyche.
On our side I’ll just repeat that we shouldn’t be blinded by our own self-importance, which we present as equality, and we should strive to implement God’s laws, varṇāśrama, not our own ideas on how we should be governed.
When we push for our own ideas it ceases to be saṅkīrtana, the protection against Kali is withdrawn, and we plunge into deep ignorance.
The other day I saw someone arguing for transgender people’s rights. What rights do they want? Certainly not the ones given to all of us by the Lord. They want to express their sexuality in their own ways and certainly not for procreation. Whatever they say, their new gender-identification is born out of lust and they are not even trying to restrain it but rather parade it half naked through the streets.
The immediate result is the backlash from the conservative community and while everyone feels the need to educate the conservatives they miss the fact that peace has already been lost and quarreling became the new normal. That’s Kali asserting himself already and when Kali takes over it doesn’t matter who is right or who is wrong, everyone is going to lose in the end anyway.
Much of the argument on transgenders and homosexuality revolves around religion and how these sexual revolutionaries are not going to accept the “dogma”. They might go about their rebellion in a democratic way but it is a rebellion against God and it’s rebellion against God established rules. Saṅkīrtana does not happen, yuga dharma is not being followed, and everyone loses one way or another, from unsustainable birth rates, for example. Or they suffer from abuse and violence and discrimination – bad karma that they always blame on others, but it’s THEIR bad karma no matter what they say and it’s THEM who is going to suffer from it.
To sum it up, in the current debate we should try to switch the topic from immediate reactions to politicians’ wrongdoing to the fundamental workings of democracy. Even atheists can follow this yuga dharma as long as they insist on following God’s laws, no need to mention Him by name, but it all goes to dogs the moment they abandon the tradition and invent their own ways. This is what we need to stop to achieve peace.
We need to have a serious discussion on values but, I’m afraid, atheists can’t be stopped now and they won’t accept any restrictions on their personal freedoms, it’s too late and they won’t make any sacrifices anymore.