Political System Practicals III Brahmanas

Political System Practicals III Brahmanas


Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare| Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare|| Now, as Gods laws are the essence of governance,
the Brahmans, as Prabhupada says, they are the natural guardians of the society. So just as we specially discussed about Gods
Laws, we shall now discuss about the Brahmans in their different roles. First we ll talk about the Brahmans who train
the Leader. You see,
Good leadership means you must learn how to lead people. Yad yad äcarati çreñöhas tat tad evetaro
janaù [Bg. 3.21]. If the çreñöha, the leader is ideal, then
others will follow. But if the leader is not ideal, if he is not
aware of things, then people will be misguided. So the king or leader must be a Rajarshi a
saintly person. In vedic system, The monarchy was so nice that because they
were trained up, räjarñi… They were not ordinary kings. They were as good as great sages and great
saintly person. Imaà räjarñayo viduù [Bg. 4.2]. Kåñëa said, imaà vivasvate yogaà proktavän
aham avyayam [Bg. 4.1]. The king should be just like saintly person,
although he’s king. Räjarñi. All the kings in those days, they were trained
up in such a way that they were saintly persons, although they were the king. One person, well talented, well trained as
the head of the government, very peacefully he could execute the governmental function. Although the monarchy was there, but they
were not irresponsible. First of all, the king was trained and educated
perfectly. There was a body to guide him, to train him. That is the first qualification of a leader
a king. Like Parikshit Maharaj. So Parékñit Mahäräja, his first qualification
is… Not only Parékñit Mahäräja, but all the
kings during the monarchy. Monarchy does not mean because he is the son
of king, therefore he should be king. No. He should be fully trained up by the dvija-varya,
by the best class of brähmaëas. That is monarchy. So everything depends on training. In our Kåñëa conscious society, we’re actually
doing that, but in the case of politics, they forget it. Prabhuji, Who should train the king? Who will train him? it is said that tataù parékñid dvija-varya-çikñayä:
“He was educated and trained up by the best class of the brähmaëas,” not by the çüdras. Çüdra’s training, what what he can become? He can become a rascal, that’s all. The training was entrusted to the first-class
brähmaëa. Well, what are the qualities of Training Brahmin? So he was trained up by the first-class brähmaëas. Tataù parékñid dvija-varya-çikñayä mahéà
mahä-bhägavataù çaçäsa ha. The training was entrusted to the first-class
brähmaëa, who is himself trained up to speak truth, satyaà çamo damaù, to remain clean,
to become very simple in habit, to become master of knowledge, and practical application. Such person should be the trainer, should
be the teacher. First of all, the king was trained and educated
perfectly. Therefore it is called dvija-varya-çikñayä. dvija, the twice-born brähmaëa. And again it is added with another word, varya. Varya means the first class, not third class. First-class man, dvija-varya-çikñayä, they
used to teach. Why only dvija-varya-çikñayä, a firlst
class man? A first-class brahmin? how this knowledge can be gotten unless one
is trained by dvija-varya-çikñayä, first-class learned brähmaëas? One has to learn from him, not from the rascals,
fools, cats and dogs, No. That is not learning. Dvija-varya-çikñayä. So Parékñit Mahäräja, his first qualification
is… no as I said,Not only Parékñit Mahäräja, but all the kings during the monarchy. Monarchy does not mean because he is the son
of king, therefore he should be king. No. He should be fully trained up by the dvija-varya,
by the best class of brähmaëas. They were trained by the first-class brähmaëas,
saintly persons. They abided by their order. From where do we get direction for training? How do we chalk out a program for training? If the direction is taken for training from
the perfect, that is the best. There is no question of altering or changing
according to circumstances. We know Kåñëa is perfect. Whatever He has said, it is all right, in
all conditions. That is our belief. We do not deviate. You have to take lessons from the biggest
leader, Kåñëa. Aham ädir hi devänäm [Bg 10.2]. He’s the leader of the demigods also. We have to take lesson from… That lesson is there, Bhagavad-gétä. But we do not take it. We manufacture our leadership. That is the defect.. “What is that training process?” “That training is the varëäçrama-dharma,
a system of dividing society into four social and four spiritual orders according to people’s
natural quality. Divide the society according to quality and
train people in the principle that everything belongs to God and should be used in the service
of God. Then there really can be one nation under
God.” Since when the leader should be trained? In the times of ideal monarchy, He was trained from the beginning of his life
as prince. As the future heir of the throne, he was trained, In what qualities should a king be trained
in? the administrators, the President or the minister,
they should be kñatriyas. Formerly, only the kñatriyas were the kings. But at the present moment, because the institution
of varëäçrama-dharma is topsy-turvy, practically no more existing, everyone in this age is
calculated to the çüdras. So if you follow the division of varëäçrama,
only kñatriyas are allowed to govern the ministers, president, they should be kñatriya In the so-called people’s government there
is no trained kñatriya king; as soon as someone strong accumulates votes, he becomes the minister
or president, without training from the learned brähmaëas expert in the çästras. So basically he should be trained as a Kshatriya. Yes. Please elaborate about the Kshatriya qualities. We shall discuss aa this in the section of
Varnashrama more elaborately. In essence the qualities of a kshatriya are
as per told by the Supreme Leader, Krishna, in Bhagavad Gita 18.43. But apart for that, as king or leader he is trained up in such a way that he takes
instruction from the saintly persons and brähmaëas and rules over the kingdom. Moreover, The king of the country or the emperor of
the empire must be so trained that by nature he renounces sense gratification. “You have to train him in such a way that
he cannot become corrupt.” He must be
trained up individually about the real political cult in relation with the qualities of the
Lord. The king is said to be the representative
of the Absolute Personality of Godhead because he is trained up to acquire the qualities
of God for protecting the livings beings. Oh, Protection, you mean fighting skills. No. Now, listen to this carefully. Do I have your attention please? Yes Prabhuji, You do. I m going to tell you the real meaning of
the term “protection of citizens”. When the King Präcénabarhi was induced by
the great sage Närada to leave home and take to the devotional service of the Lord, his
sons had not yet returned from their austerities in the water. However, he did not wait for their return
but simply left messages to the effect that his sons were to protect the mass of citizens. According to Véraräghava Äcärya, such
protection means organizing the citizens into the specific divisions of the four varëas
and four äçramas. It was the responsibility of the royal order
to see that the citizens were following the regulative principles of the four varëas
(namely brähmaëa, kñatriya, vaiçya and çüdra) and the äçramas (namely brahmacarya,
gåhastha, vänaprastha and sannyäsa). It is very difficult to rule citizens in a
kingdom without organizing this varëäçrama-dharma. To rule the mass of citizens in a state and
keep them in a complete progressive order is not possible simply by passing laws every
year in a legislative assembly. The varëäçrama-dharma is essential in a
good government. These four classes of men are already there
according to nature, but it is the government’s duty to see that all four of these classes
follow the principles of their varëas methodically. This is called abhirakñaëa, or protection. What? So if I understand you properly, establishing
Varnashrama is protection? Yes. Varnashrama is real abhirakshana or protection
of citizens. Haribol! I never knew this meaning of Protection. Yes. If it weren’t for the acharyas, we would never
know. But thanks to their magnanimous nature, even
in kaliyuga, we have the perfect knowledge available. Yes. And ofcourse, Jai Prabhuapda. Yes, Jai Prabhupada. the Vedic system of autocracy or monarchy
in good training of God consciousness can actuallysave the world How is he trained? An ideal king thoroughly trained up by culture
and devotional service with the martial spirit makes a perfect king Alright, Now I shall tell you about the Brahmins
who teach the leader about the laws of God or the Bhagavad Gita. As I had earlier told you, Imaà räjarñayo viduù. The räja, the kings, or the government, they
must study Bhagavad-gétä. Then it will be nice. Åñaya. Åñayaù. ù means great saintly persons, the brähmaëas. 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. And formerly India was governed by monarchy. They received the law of God by disciplic
succession. They executed. The supreme leader is God. So He gives instruction, and real leader takes
the instruction by disciplic succession, and for the benefit of the total human society
they spread the message. As stated in Bhagavad-gétä (4.2), evaà
paramparä-präptam imaà räjarñayo viduù:”The supreme science was thus received through
the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way.” Imaà räjarñayo viduù. They understood the science of Bhagavad-gétä
from saintly person, exalted brähmaëas. They ruled. So, the Brahmins are not ordinary people. They are Saintly Brahmins in disciplic succession. The bonafide ones. Of course the bonafide ones. Disciplic succession means bonafide ones. Till now we have discussed about the Brahmins
who train the king. Then we discussed about the Brahmanas who
teach Bhagavad Gita the laws of God to the king. Now we ll discuss about the senate or Advisory
Brahmins to the King. Now first of all, the Leader must accept the
authority of the saintly Brahmins and then rule. According to Vedic civilization, in a monarchy
the king is advised by saintly persons and sages. By taking their advice, he can become the
greatest executive power, and everyone in his kingdom will be happy, peaceful and prosperous. The great kings were very responsible in taking
the instructions given by great saintly personalities. The kings used to accept the instructions
given by great sages like Paräçara, Vyäsadeva, Närada, Devala and Asita. In other words, they would first accept the
authority of saintly persons and then execute their monarchical power. a king like Mahäräja Yudhiñöhira had no
ideology of his own. He had but to follow the instructions of the
infallible Lord andthe Lord’s representative and the authorized agent, Bhéñmadeva. It is instructed in the çästras that one
should follow the great authority and the infallible Lord without any personal motive
and manufactured ideology. So the räjarñis, they would take instruction
from superior authority, brähmaëas and Vaiñëavas, and they will accordingly rule over. They would rule, on the permission of Sages
like Narada. The monarchy was not a cheap thing. The king was as good as Rishi. Therefore they are called Rajarshi. The king was to rule over the citizen, on
the permission of the great great sages. Just like Narada, the devershi. He used to visit Maharaj Parikshit. Similarly other kings. So actually the Brahmins, they were ruling
and the king would execute his duties as the servant of the Brahmins. I see.. hm hm.. Yes. sainä-patyaà ca räjyaà ca
daëòa-netåtvam eva ca sarva lokädhipatyaà ca
veda-çästra-vid arhati The king, as the administrator of the state,
executed his duties as a servant of the brähmaëas. It is clear therefore that a person who is
not well versed in the Vedic injunctions (veda-çästra-vit) should not run for election as president,
governor, etc. Formerly kings were räjarñis, which meant
that although they were serving as kings, they were as good as saintly persons because
they would not transgress any of the injunctions of the Vedic scriptures and would rule under
the direction of great saintly persons and brähmaëas. According to this arrangement, modern presidents,
governors and chief executive officers are all unworthy of their posts because they are
not conversant with Vedic administrative knowledge and they do not take direction from great
saintly persons and brähmaëas. Because of his disobedience to the orders
of the Vedas and the brähmaëas, King Vena, Påthu Mahäräja’s father, was killed by
the brähmaëas. Påthu Mahäräja therefore knew very well
that it behooved him to rule the planet as the servant of saintly persons and brähmaëas. The brähmaëas did not take part in politics,
but they gave advice, instruction to the kings, räjarñi. Imaà räjarñayoù viduù. The räjarñi used to understand what is the
values of life under the instruction of brähmaëas, and they execute the order of the brähmaëas. The people were happy. And because at the present moment such system
is lost, people are confused and they are in frustration. Actually, the brähmaëas, they were controlling
the state, but not directly, not sitting on the throne, but giving the kings good advice
according to çästra, that “You rule over like this. This is the process.” And the kings would abide by… Although the monarchy was there, but they
were not irresponsible. First of all, the king was trained and educated
perfectly. Therefore it is called dvija-varya-çikñayä. I explained, dvija, the twice-born brähmaëa. And again it is added with another word, varya. Varya means the first class, not third class. First-class man, dvija-varya-çikñayä, they
used to teach. They used to advise. And if the king was worthless, sometimes they
would kill the king. And next son, his son would take possession. That was done in the case of Mahäräja Veëa. Mahäräja Veëa, he was upstart. So his father became so disgusted, tried to
reform him in so many ways, but he could not be reformed. The father, Mahäräja Aìga, he left the
kingdom all of a sudden, being disgusted. Then the brähmaëas asked the king that “You
are not ruling very nicely. You have stopped all religious functions. This is not good for the people, neither for
you.” They first of all tried to pacify him by nice
instruction. But the king said, “You brähmaëas, you do
not know me very well. I am God” and this and that. Then he was killed by the brähmaëas. You know that Jämadagnya, Paraçuräma, when
he saw that the kings were not responsible, he killed the whole kñatriya family for twenty-one
times. So that was the government. If the brähmaëas would see that the kñatriyas,
the kings were not ruling properly according to the Vedic principle, sometimes they would
kill the king. Hm hm.. So the Brahmins has the Dethroning Power. Right? Exactly. So in monarchy also there was council of learned
men, brähmaëas, great saintly persons. Even Mahäräja Yudhiñöhira was guided like
that. Lord Rämacandra was guided. That is the system. Even monarchy was there, still he was advised
by learned scholars and brähmaëas and saintly persons, and he would do according to their
decision. And Vena Mahäräja, he was not ruling. The brähmaëas came, advised him, “My dear
King, you are not doing nicely. You should do like this.” And when he refused, then he was killed, and
his son Prthu Mahäräja was give charge. According to Vedic civilization, there was
democracy but that democracy is selected committee. Just like in England there was Privy Council. So selected body of learned brähmaëas and
sages, they were guiding the king, and the king himself was properly educated how to
rule over, under religious principles. He was trained from the beginning of his life
as prince. As the future heir of the throne, he was trained,
and at the same time, he was guided by a council of learned sages and brähmaëas. They were looking over the activities of the
king. As soon as there was some mistake they will
see. And there are instances; whenever there was
a bad king they were dethroned. Not for political purpose. He was dethroned but his son was on the… Just like Lord Rämacandra did. Rämacandra killed Rävaëa but He never occupied
the kingdom. His brother Vibhéñaëa proved to be faithful. He was enthroned. India was ruling all over the world. The emperor was in India, and the kings of
different states, their family was. So there was no rebellion. And in every state a king was trained in the
same process, guided by committee of learned brähmaëa and sages. How perfect this monarchy is. And, Why the brähmaëas are selected to guide? Because they have got full vijïäna, jïänaà
vijïänam ästikyam, therefore. So, what are the qualities of a Advising Brahmin? dvija-varya-çikñayä
Åñayaù means great saintly persons, the brähmaëas. 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. They were not politician, diplomat, but they
were all saintly person, knew very well the Vedas, and they used to guide the monarch. Therefore the monarch is absolute governing
body. The ministers were helping, but the king was
educated by God’s direct instruction, as Kåñëa said, imaà vivasvate yogaà proktavän. they have got full vijïäna, jïänaà vijïänam
ästikyam Vaiñëava. ñaö-karma-nipuëo vipro
mantra-tantra-viçäradaù avaiñëavo gurur na syäd
vaiñëavaù çva-paco guruù Therefore, as indicated here by the words
tan-niñöha-vipräbhihitaù, Mahäräja Ambaréña took advice from brähmaëas who were pure
devotees of the Lord, for ordinary brähmaëas who are merely learned scholars or experts
in performing ritualistic ceremonies are not competent to give advice. In modern times, there are legislative assemblies
whose members are authorized to make laws for the welfare of the state, but according
to this description of the kingdom of Mahäräja Ambaréña, the country or the world should
be ruled by a chief executive whose advisors are all devotee brähmaëas. When the king, the executive head of the state,
is a devotee and he follows the instructions of devotee brähmaëas in ruling the country,
everyone will be peaceful and prosperous. When the king and his advisors are perfect
devotees, nothing can be wrong in the state. There must be brähmaëas who are independent. Cäëakya Paëòita, whose name is still,
still celebrated, he was prime minister of Mahäräja Candragupta, but he was not accepting
a single paisa as salary. That was the, formerly, although there was
monarchy, still there was a council of learned brähmaëas and sages. They used to advise the king. The brähmaëas did not take part in politics,
but they gave advice, instruction to the kings, räjarñi. Imaà räjarñayoù viduù. The räjarñi used to understand what is the
values of life under the instruction of brähmaëas, and they execute the order of the brähmaëas. The people were happy. And because at the present moment such system
is lost, people are confused and they are in frustration. Ideal leaders, like Mh Yudhishtir
Not only he followed the principles but also he got it approved by his old uncle experienced
in political affairs and that also confirmed by Lord Krishna the speaker of the Philosophy
of Bhagwat Geeta. Who selects such Advisory Brahmins? The public? Such advisors or members of the legislative
assembly should not be professional politicians, nor should they be selected by the ignorant
public. Rather, they should be appointed by the king. Prabhuji, there seems to be a major flaw here. What is that? If the leader is to select the Brahmins for
guiding then there might arise a situation where if the leader becomes curropt somehow
then they may lobby and put their own “yesman” as the “so called” instructing Brahmin. They will put their fellow on the post and
as a dummy and do whatever they want. Hmm.. You see here its important to understand that
although the Leader has the right to select his own instructing Brahmin, still he is not
one who decides who is a Brahmin and who is not. He cant just pick any tom dick or harry as
a Brahmin. He must be an acknowledged Brahmin in the
Brahmin community. He must be an acknowledged Brahmin in the
Brahmin community. And amongst such authorized Brahmins he may
select one as his advisor. Does that makes sense to you? Oh yes. Oh yes. That clarifies. I made a mistake in understanding. So as I understand, the Leader is authorized
to select a Vaishnava Brahmin from the available Brahmins. But he is not authorized to elect someone
as a Brahmin. Precisely. According to the system of varëäçrama-dharma,
the pious and learned brähmaëas were the natural guardians of society. The brähmaëas, by their learned labor of
love, would instruct the administrator-kings how to rule the country in complete righteousness,
and thus the process would go on as a perfect welfare state. I see.. Aaa. Prabhuji, Its understood that the brahmins
they are guiding the king. But who is guiding the brahmins? Where they get .. wh wh where they aut Were
they kind of autonomous in their advice? No. The scriptures. They were guiding principles. The brähmaëas, theygive guidance according
to the çästra, and the king is trained up in such a way that he takes instruction from
the saintly persons and brähmaëas and rules over the kingdom. Therefore it was so perfect. The scriptures like Manu-saàhitä and other
authorized books of the great sages were guiding principles for ruling the subjects, and there
was no need for less intelligent persons to manufacture a code of law in the name of democracy. The less intelligent mass of people have very
little knowledge of their own welfare, as a child has very little knowledge of its future
well-being. The experienced father guides the innocent
child towards the path of progress, and the childlike mass of people need similar guidance. The standard welfare codes are already there
in the Manu-saàhitä and other Vedic literatures. 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. Such brähmaëas were not paid servants of
the king, and therefore they had the strength to dictate to the king on the principles of
scriptures. This system continued even up to the time
of Mahäräja Candragupta, and the brähmaëa Cäëakya was his unpaid prime minister. The king, as the administrator of the state,
executed his duties as a servant of the brähmaëas. It was not that the kings or brähmaëas were
dictators, nor did they consider themselves proprietors of the state. The kings were also well versed in Vedic literatures
and thus were familiar with the injunction of Çré Éçopaniñad: éçäväsyam idaà
sarvam [Éço mantra 1]—everything that exists belongs to the Supreme Personality
of Godhead. In Bhagavad-gétä Lord Kåñëa also claims
that He is the proprietor of all planetary systems (sarva-loka-maheçvaram [Bg. 5.29]). Since this is the case, no one can claim to
be proprietor of the state. Formerly kings were räjarñis, which meant
that although they were serving as kings, they were as good as saintly persons because
they would not transgress any of the injunctions of the Vedic scriptures the government men should be religious and
follow in the footsteps of great saintly personalities. Prabhuji, How do we follow great personalities? We don’t have personal audience of them
now in Kaliyuga? Following the authorized books of authorized
personalities. LikeMahäräja Parékñit was, a devotee of
the first order, and thus he used to consult great sages and learned brähmaëas, who could
advise him by the çästras how to execute the state administration. Such great kings were more responsible than
modern elected executive heads because they obliged the great authorities by following
their instructions left in Vedic literatures.There was no need for impractical fools to enact
daily a new legislative bill and to conveniently alter it again and again to serve some purpose. Therules 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. Formerly, although the kings were autocrats,
they strictly followed the principles laid down by great sages and saintly persons. There were no mistakes in ruling over the
country, and everything went perfectly. Actually people will be happy when a trained
leader, whether a monarch or a dictator, takes control of the government and rules the people
according to the standard regulations of the authorized scriptures. Basically,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. We do not take them. Still we become leader. So what kind of leading? He’s imperfect. So he cannot lead. Then there will be some mistake and chaos Prabhuji, there are so many contradictions
in man made laws. But there are no contradictions in Krishnas’
laws. Yes. No contradiction. Our presentation of Kåñëa consciousness
is like that. But Kåñëa says, “, as it is.” There is no question of altering or changing
according to circumstances. We know Kåñëa is perfect. Whatever He has said, it is all right, in
all conditions. That is our belief. We do not deviate. 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 like Çré Çukadeva Gosvämé who has no
attraction for material gain. So basically we follow the gods laws. Of course. I already told that to you. What else can it be prabhu? What do u mean what else? I don’t get it? Ok, tell me what is that “one thing” that
made you fall from spiritual world down to material world? The original sin, Disobedience of God. Right. And how do we get back to spiritual world
back? Obedience of God. So, that’s exactly is the fundamental proposal. Obedience of Gods laws! Oh yes. Oh yes. Of course. Now I see. Really, what else can it be other than Gods
laws? Of course. See, Every living being, whether a man or an animal
or a bird, thinks that he is free by himself, but actually no one is free from the severe
laws of the Lord. The laws of the Lord are severe because they
cannot be disobeyed in any circumstance. The man-made laws may be evaded by cunning
outlaws, but in the codes of the supreme lawmaker there is not the slightest possibility of
neglecting the laws. A slight change in the course of God-made
law can bring about a massive danger to be faced by the lawbreaker. 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. The only way to get out of the entanglement
is to agree to obey the Supreme. The statutory laws of the state are imperfect
imitation replicas of religious codes. The secular state, or the godless state, allows
the citizens to break the laws of God, but restricts them from disobeying the laws of
the state; the result is that the people in general suffer more by breaking the laws of
God than by obeying the imperfect laws made by man. Every man is imperfect by constitution under
conditions of material existence, and there is not the least possibility that even the
most materially advanced man can enact perfect legislation. On the other hand, there is no such imperfection
in the laws of God. If leaders are educated in the laws of God,
there is no necessity of a makeshift legislative council of aimless men. There is necessity of change in the makeshift
laws of man, but there is no change in the God-made laws because they are made perfect
by the all-perfect Personality of Godhead. The codes of religion, scriptural injunctions,
are made by liberated representatives of God in consideration of different conditions of
living, and by carrying out the orders of the Lord, the conditioned living beings gradually
become free from the clutches of material existence. And as I said,
The brähmaëa’s community, the king would take their advice how to manipulate the political
affairs or administration, and they would consult standard books. Like,
Manu-saàhitä. That is law, not that any rascal goes into
the legislative assembly and passes some law. In fact, If the king or dictator individually, or the
members of the government collectively, cannot maintain the state or kingdom according to
the rules of Manu-saàhitä, certainly their government will not endure. Really! Yes. I see.. And with this we at last come to the most
obvious question with the most obvious answer. Whats that? Whose books are authority in ISKCON? Who is the Vaishnava Brahmin in disciplic
succession who teaches us Bhagavad Gita? Whose books are guiding principles for us
in ISKCON? Who is the ISKCON’s guiding Brahmin? Of course Prabhuji, its Srila Prabhuapda! Of course Yes. Srila Prabhupada. According to Vedic civilization, in a monarchy
the king is advised by saintly persons and sages. By taking their advice, he can become the
greatest executive power, and everyone in his kingdom will be happy, prosperous and
peaceful. The great kings were very responsible in taking
the instructions given by great saintly personalities. The kings used to accept the instructions
given by great sages like Paräçara, Vyäsadeva, Närada, Devala and Asita. In other words, they would first accept the
authority of saintly persons and then execute their monarchical power. This is the fundamental problem today. People don’t accept the authority of the
saintly persons. electing one rascal, rejecting him, electing
another rascal, and rejecting him. Because the candidates are all rascals, the
people have no alternative but to elect a rascal. They are thinking, “By electing this rascal,
we shall be happy.” Andhä yathändhair upanéyamänäù: [SB
7.5.31] The people are blind, and they are accepting leaders who are also blind. What will be the profit? If you are blind and you are led by another
blind man, what will be the profit? Both of you will fall down into a ditch. Therefore, if you want real happiness, you
must accept the leadership of a man who has eyes to see. And whose eyes are open? The guru’s. That is explained in the Vedic literature:
oà ajïäna-timirändhasya jïänäïjana-çaläkayä cakñur unmélitaà yena tasmai çré-gurave
namaù Everyone is blind, in the darkness of ignorance. So it is the guru’s business to open their
eyes, to help them see things as they are. That is the guru’s business. In our International Society, Srila Prabhupada
isholding the superior post: He issitting in a chair, and weare offering himgarlands
and the best food. Why? Because wesee a perfect man whom wecan follow. That mentality must be there. Everyone in the society must be able to say,
“Yes, here is a perfect man. Let him sit in a chair, and let us all bow
down and work like menials.” You see Prabhu, And this is the reason we,
in ISKCON, accept the authority of Srila Prabhupada for all subject matters and follow him. True. Very true. Otherwise every one will have their own opinion. But unless I have eyes, I cant guide anyone. The best thing is to follow a person who has
eyes. That’s it. So we should follow Srila Prabhupada in all
fields even in administration and laws making. Yes. And Srila Prabhupada has given clear instructions
about everything. All that we need to do is accept his instructions
completely and apply them practically. Certainly. But what about the training brahmins and advisory
brahmins, instructing Brahmins for ISKCON? Who are they? It all depends upon establishing Varnashrama
in ISKCON. Training some as qualified Brahmins and then
they will be qualified to train like and advice brahmins. But Prabhuji, without Brahmins, how will Varnashrama
come into existence? And without Varnashrama how will there be
any Brahmins? Its like a circular logic. How to resolve it? True. But for understanding the solution to this
apparently tricky problem, you will first need to understand the Spiritual science,
the principles behind the term Brahmin and Varnashrama, which we shall discuss now. Alright. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krsihna Hare Hare| Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare||

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