Political System Practicals II Laws

Political System Practicals II Laws


Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare| Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare|| Lets move to the next topic of Laws. Aa well, although we have discussed about
laws as a part of the political system still I want to give a special attention to the
principles behind the laws of governance. These laws are like the life line of governance. If we have to please Vishnu, we must follow
His laws. If Vishnus laws or Gods laws are maintained,
then the governance has meaning. No matter which political style it is. But if these God laws are not maintained,
then even if we have the best political system, aa and the social system, then its all a failure. Because following the orders of Krishna and
satisfying Him is the prime goal of any governance. So understanding this important subject properly
is very very very important. And I simply cannot stress its value enough. So I beg your special attention here. Are you ready? Yes. Yes I understand. I m attentive. Good. So, as we said, first thing is that God is
at the top of all cosmic manifestation. So He is the supreme leader. we understand that is fact that there is God
on the top of all cosmic manifestation activities, So laws are given by the supreme leader only.
and the law given by the supreme head of the cosmic manifestation, that is religion. it is a fact that there is some brain behind
all this cosmic manifestation, and if we know what is that brain, how it is working, that
is scientific understanding, and the law given by God is religion. That is our simple definition. Religion cannot be manufactured as law cannot
be manufactured Laws means actual, dharmaà tu säkñäd bhagavat-praëétam
[SB 6.3.19]. For God said that is actual religion or law. Which also means that the laws of God is same
as the religion or Dharma. And Dharma cannot be manufactured by humans. It can be done only by GOD. Laws means actual, dharmaà tu säkñäd bhagavat-praëétam
[SB 6.3.19]. For God said that actual that is actual religion
or law. the law given by God is religion. Understand? Yes. I understood it well. yes. Now as laws are same as dharma, its also same
as Bhagavad Gita. Because that’s Gods words. Because king is representative of Kåñëa. Imaà vivasvate yogaà proktavän aham avyayam
[Bg. 4.1]. He first of all said the laws, the Bhagavad-gétä,
which is so important for the human civilization millions of years, at least forty millions
of years it was spoken to the sun-god, and sun-god gave it to his son Manu, and his son
Ikñväku inherited from Manu. This way the absolute law is coming downby
disciplic succession. Yes. Laws equalls Dharma equalls Bhagavad Gita. Right. Now the laws or Bhagavad Gita is coming to
us via the disciplic succession. Hm hm.. This way the absolute law is coming by disciplic
succession. And formerly India was governed by monarchy. They received the law of God by disciplic
succession. They executed. Imaà räjarñayo viduù. They understood the science of Bhagavad-gétä
from saintly person, exalted brähmaëas. Yes. Disciplic succession. Got that. Good. Now in ISKCON, who is our connection to Disciplic
succession? From which acharya ISKCON learns Bhagavad
Gita or Dharma? Obviously, Srila Prabhupada! Exactly. And he is the founder acharya and head of
ISKCON always. Right. Srila Prabhupada is the head Acharya and the
one via whom we get our lessons of Bhagavad Gita. That is the laws. So we are suppose to take the laws via Srila
Prabhupada as far as ISKCON is concerned. Makes sense? Of course! That obviously clear.. Good. Now Prabhupada is also not giving knowledge
from anywhere or nowhere. He is quoting standard books for codes of
religion. Standard books like the Bhagavad Gita, Srimad
Bhagavatam, Manu-samhita and other authentic literatures. Leadership is already there. Kåñëa. Just like Arjuna is learning from Kåñëa. So if you learn from Kåñëa you become perfect
leader. But we do not take Kåñëa’s instruction. We manufacture our own ideas. That is failure. Otherwise in our country so many learned sages,
especially Kåñëa is there, and their books are there, their instructions are there. Um? Because king is representative of Kåñëa. Imaà vivasvate yogaà proktavän aham avyayam
[Bg. 4.1]. He first of all said the laws, the Bhagavad-gétä,
which is so important for the human civilization millions of years, at least forty millions
of years it was spoken to the sun-god, and sun-god gave it to his son Manu, Manu, and
his son Ikñväku inherited from Manu. This way the absolute law is coming by disciplic
succession. If we want at all to end this anomaly of a
godless civilization, we must follow the principles of revealed scriptures like the Çrémad-Bhägavatam
and follow the instruction of a person like Çré Çukadeva Gosvämé who has no attraction
for material gain. The rules and regulations were already set
forth by great sages like Manu, Yäjïavalkya, Paräçara and other liberated sages, and
the enactments were all suitable for all ages in all places. Therefore the rules and regulations were standard
and without flaw or defect. Actually the qualified brähmaëas are meant
to give direction to the kings for proper administration in terms of the scriptures
like the Manu-saàhitä and Dharma-çästras of Paräçara. So for direction of governance, Srila Prabhupada
has referred to a few aa standard other standard books , like the Manu-samhita and Parashara
samhita. These should be used as the codes of religion
and has principles for governance for good governance. Aaa Haa.. Ok, Ok, ok.. I understood. So these are the scriptures I think whose
refrences are used by the brahmins to guide the leaders. Right? Exactly. And this brings us to the next step.. The Advisory board of Vaishnava Brahmin. They used to be learned in these codes of
religion or laws given in authorized books as Manu samhita and Bhagavad Gita and they
would guide the leader by those books. Kings like Mahäräja Parékñit had their
council of advisers, and all the members of that council were either great sages or brähmaëas
of the first order. They did not accept any salary, nor had they
any necessity for such salaries. The state would get the best advice without
expenditure. They were themselves sama-darçé, equal to
everyone, both man and animal. The Kings or leaders,
They were trained by the first-class brähmaëas, saintly persons. They abided by their order. There was committee, advisory committee. Even at the time of death, he’s asking advice
from the saintly…, “What is my duty?” That is king. He’s not doing anything whimsically. um. There was a consulting board of learned brähmaëas
and saintly persons. They would advise the monarch how to rule. Hm hm. The learned brähmaëas would advise the king
in terms of those standard books of knowledge and with reference to the particular situation
of time and place. Right
So the laws would come via the standard authorized books to the Vaishnava Brahmins. And they would advice the King. Yes. Now not only the Brahmins got the Knowledge
of the Gods laws or Dharma or Bhagavad Gita via disciplic succession but so did the Kings. Because king is representative of Kåñëa. Imaà vivasvate yogaà proktavän aham avyayam
[Bg. 4.1]. He first of all said the laws, the Bhagavad-gétä
to sun-god, and sun-god gave it to his son Manu, Manu, and his son Ikñväku inherited
from Manu. This way the absolute law is coming by disciplic
succession. And formerly India was governed by monarchy. They received the law of God by disciplic
succession. Right. And the Kings or the Kshatriya leaders passed
down this order of God gotten via disciplic succession as the state laws to the general
public. Um hm. The kñatriyas should take advice from the
brähmaëas or Vaiñëavas and make laws accordingly. I see. Now since the King or Kshatriya leader is
giving Gods laws to general public, he is the absolute governing body in the state. Umhm. Therefore he is, to the common man, he is
the supreme. The king is supposed to be representative
of God in the state. So “above the law” means because king is perfect
by abiding the laws of Kåñëa, he cannot be subjected to any subordinate laws. Example, There cannot be … Just like king’s
mercy. Even one is condemned to death, but if the
king’s mercy is there that he should be excused, he should be free, nobody can check. So why it is? Because king is representative of Kåñëa. Do you mean to say that Leader monarch can
give any order he likes and everyone has to follow? As I said this earlier.. No. God… The king is called nåpa-deva, nara-deva. Although he is in human form of body, he is
God. But his perfection is there only when he follows
Kåñëa’s order. Therefore monarchy, the law, king’s order,
is final. So everything depends on the king’s accepting
the absolute instruction of God. So king, in Vedic civilization, the king was
absolutely following the regulation given by God, and it was confirmed by saintly persons,
sages. Then it was executed; not whimsically. There was advisory board of the monarchy always. They were not politician, diplomat, but they
were all saintly person, knew very well the Vedas, and they used to guide the monarch. . The ministers were helping, but the king
was educated by God’s direct instruction, as Kåñëa said, imaà vivasvate yogaà proktavän. Does it all makes sense to you my friend? Yes. Very much very much. To be frank, I never had seen the concept
of state laws in this perspective. Truly, if we miss to see the meaning behind
the daily life concepts, like this like the laws of state, we ll miss the whole point. And they all start to appear discrete. Separate from the Absolute truth. Very true. Very true. We ll never really know the real depth of
what Srila Prabhupada has given to us. Sure, Sure.. But we ll do our sincere best to understand
what he said and follow him as it is to the best of our capability. Certainly. I m happy that you are understanding the depth
the seriousness of the matter of all this. Thanks to Prabhupada. Yes thanks Prabhupada. Now any questions regarding the laws? Yes, aamm.. aa. Prabhuji, Why is the society missing the aim of life? Culture means knowing the aim of life. Without understanding the aim of life, a man
is a ship without a rudder. But at the present moment we are missing the
goal of life because there is no head department in society. The whole human society is now lacking real
brähmaëas to give advice to the other departments. Unfortunately, as materialistic education
advances, we are missing the aim of life. aa.. so because we are missing the head department
thats why.. Ya.. Ok,
What is the principles behind Gods laws? Such laws of the Supreme are generally known
as the codes of religion, under different conditions, but the principle of religion
everywhere is one and the same, namely, obey the orders of the Supreme God, the codes of
religion. If we want at all to end this anomaly of a
godless civilization, we must follow the principles of revealed scriptures like the Çrémad-Bhägavatam
and follow the instruction of a person like Çré Çukadeva Gosvämé who has no attraction
for material gain. Ok.. So you mean the king or the administrator
must be obeying the orders of God. Yes.We say that the king’s name is naradeva,
God in human form, and king is offered that respect. King is respected, why? Because he is to be considered God’s representative. So therefore, as God’s representative… Just like we are working as God’s representative. We present ourselves as God’s representative,
Kåñëa’s representative, then what is our duty? What is our business? What we are doing? We are trying to lead others to God consciousness. That is the proof that I am God’s representative. I am not teaching them anything else. Similarly, if the state or the state executive
head, the president or the king is taken, accepted as God’s representative, his first
and foremost duty is to train the citizens to become God conscious. If he’s lacking in that duty, he’s not fit
to become executive head. Any state who is neglecting this duty, he
immediately becomes unqualified to hold the state office, either he may be president or
the king. Therefore a king, is supposed to be saintly. He must understand the philosophy of Bhagavad-gétä
and he should introduce educational system so that people may understand Bhagavad-gétä,
or the science of God. That is the first duty of the state, of the
king. Yes, so the state or the executive is not
independent. No. If the state is representative of God, then
how he’s independent? That is less intelligent. Citizen, or everyone is independent but everyone
is dependent on the state laws. Similarly every state may be independent in
their individual capacity, but he is dependent on God’s order. That is the position. That is the perfection. But whenever there are disputes arising between
states, then there must be war. Yes. That is natural. Just like in our ordinary lives, citizens,
they disagree. They go to the court. But philosophers sometimes they say that there’s
no higher body between two, jurisdiction between states, that it can only be settled by war. There’s no court or higher authority for judging
between states. There is higher body if there is religion,
if there is philosophy, if there is learned section, brähmaëas, Kåñëa conscious people. There is higher authority. you have killed all these things, but the
system is there. Therefore the brahminical culture is above
the kñatriya culture. Therefore this division must be there; brähmaëa,
kñatriya, vaiçya, çüdra. The administrators, the kings, they are thekñatriyas,
but above them the brähmaëas are there. But because there is no brahminical class—they
have all killed them-therefore he says there is no authority. But its not like that. But if there is war, that is dharma-yuddha
Just like battle of Kurukñetra is concluded by Saïjaya that, what is that? Yatra yogeçvaro hariù [Bg. 18.78]. Yatra yogeçvaro hariù, he said to Dhåtaräñöra,
“My dear sir, I think the side on which Kåñëa is there, he’ll be victorious.” So actually even there is war, the party who
is God conscious, they”ll be victorious. Yatra yogeçvaro hariù. What is that verse? Eh? What about between America and Germany, for
instance? Neither one of them were God conscious in
the world war. Then it is demonic. This is not justified war, this is where two
demons, we fight, just like cats and dogs fight. That’s all. But there is, according to Vedic literature,
yuddha, dharma-yuddha. What does what does that mean? Dharma-yuddha, on behalf of supreme God, that
is called dharma-yuddha. Just like Arjuna. Arjuna, they are not for fighting, but Kåñëa
said, “Yes, I am on your side, you fight.” That is dharma-yuddha. And therefore Arjuna became victorious because
God was on thison his side. That is dharma-yuddha. So if you declare war on the principle of
God consciousness, that war is justified and you will become victorious. This is the conclusion. We say yes, war may be there or must be there,
but the party who has got Kåñëa’s support, they are victorious, they are right party. This is our philosophy. We don’t say that war should be stopped, war
must be there, because this world is material world, there must be war, opposite elements. But, the party who has got Kåñëa’s support,
that party… thatThat is the battlefield of Kurukñetra. We don’t say stop war, but we say if you fight,
fight on behalf of Kåñëa. the conflict you should take the right side. Yes. That is real progress. Right side means which side Kåñëa is. That is the instruction on the battlefield
of Kurukñetra. Does it make sense to you? Yes.. aa so basically fighting cannot be avoided
because this is material world. But in the fight we should take Krishnas side
and then we will become victorious. Yes don’t fight like demons. No side, no Krishna’s side and you just
keep fight or something. No don’t do that. But Dharma Yuddha you should always take Krishna’s
side. Makes sense? Yes. Yes.. Nice. So this finishes the topic of Gods laws. As discussed earlier, the happiness and distress
of no one can be changed. It is governed by superior powers. The only benefit that we can do to humanity
is help everyone obey God by obeying the laws given by God. This will help everyone to correct ones original
sin, that is, disobedience to God. These laws are thus, in a way, the lifeline
of the governance system. If Gods laws are maintained, then governance
has meaning. Otherwise not. Very right. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare| Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare||

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