Thursday, June 15, 2006

Give Peace A Chance

"And it's 1, 2, 3, what are we fighting for? Don't ask me 'cause I don't give a damn, next stop is Vietnam (Iran). And it's 5, 6, 7, open up the pearly gates! Well, there ain't no time to wonder why - WOOPEE! we're all gonna die." - Country Joe McDonald - Woodstock, 1969

After the quagmire of Vietnam, the botched invasion and current bloody occupation of Iraq, you would think that we had learned our lesson. Well, guess what folks - the U.S. Strategic Command, supported by the Air Force, has been drawing up plans, at the President's direction, for a major bombing campaign in Iran.

During the Vietnam war, John Lennon begged everyone to "give peace a chance". We were told by our leaders that we had to fight them over there before the Communists toppled countries one by one like dominos until it came to ours.

After 9-11, our leaders lied abimmanentimmenent threat of nuclear weapons from Iraq. The weapons inspectors were sent, but before they finished their job, we went to war. We begged our government to "give peace a chance," and let the inspectors finish their jobs. But they didn't listen. As a result, Iraq is the new Vietnam.

Now, everyone's sick of Iraq, so Bush, being a war time president (war lord), is falsely claiming that Iran's nuclear progimmanentn immenent threat. The Republicans don't have anything else to run on, so they must continue to keep people in fear and engage in never-ending war. People are again begging to "give peace a chance". But they aren't listening. There are no negotiations, although Iran has made it crystal clear that they are willing to negotiate.

Flash back to the 1966: the great Indian preceptor and peace advocate, Swami Prabhupada, (below) stood in front of the United Nations building, passing out leaflets entitled "The Peace Formula".

The Swami later met with heads of state, as well as activists like John Lennon and George Harrison, who, if alive today, would undoubtedly be at the forefront of the current peace movement.

In the last line of "give peace a chance" Lennon sings, "Ev'rybody's talking about John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary, Alan Ginsberg, Tommy Smothers, Bobby Dylan, Tommy Cooper, Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna!"

All Swami Prabhupada (founder of the "Hare Krishna" movement), was saying was "give peace a chance" in the following leaflet he wrote based on ancient Vedic wisdom:

The Peace Formula

"The great mistake of modern civilization is to encroach upon other's property as though it were one's own and to thereby create an unnecessary disturbance of the laws of nature. These laws are very strong. No living entity can violate them. Only one who is God conscious can easily overcome the stringency of the laws of nature and thus become happy and peaceful in the world. As a state is protected by the department of law and order, so is the state of the Universe, of which this earth is only an insignificant fragment, is protected by the laws of nature. This material nature is one of the different potencies of God, who is the ultimate protector of everything that be. This earth is, therefore, the property of God, but we, the living entities, especially the so-called civilized human beings, are claiming God's property as our own, under both and individual and collective false conception. If you want peace, you have to remove this false conception from your mind and from the world. This false claim of proprietorship by the human race on earth is partly or wholly the cause of all disturbances of foolish and so-called civilized men who are claiming proprietary rights on the property of God because they have now become godless. You cannot be happy and peaceful in a godless civilization. Although there are many civilizations, there is only one God, although He may be called many names in different countries. In the Bhagavad-gita, the holy book of India, Lord Krishna delineates the peace formula. He says that He is the factual enjoyer of all activities of the living entities, that He is the Supreme Lord of all universes, and that He is the well-wishing friend of all beings. When the people of the world know this as the formula for peace, it is then and there that peace will prevail.

Therefore, if you want peace at all, you will have to change your consciousness into God consciousness both individually and collectively, by the simple process of chanting the holy name of God. This is the standard and recognized process for achieving peace in the world. We therefore recommend that everyone become Krishna (God) conscious by chanting "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare", or any name of God.

This is practical, simple, and sublime. Five hundred years ago, this formula was introduced in India by Lord Sri Caitanya, and now it is available in your country. Take to this simple process of chanting as above mentioned, realize your factual position by reading the Bhagavad-gita- As It Is, and reestablish your lost relationship with Krishna, God. Peace and prosperity will be the immediate worldwide result.

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