Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Upside Down World

“The ‘religious right’ is neither”

They call themselves Christians, but what they are doing is completely unchristian. Their actions speak louder than their words.

As the liner notes to the Jim Wallis’s book “God’s Politics” proclaim, “Since when did believing in God and having moral values make you pro-war, pro-rich, and pro-Republican? And since when did promoting and pursuing a progressive social agenda with a concern for economic security, health care, and educational opportunity mean you had to put faith in God aside?”

"Now everything’s a little upside down, as a matter of fact the wheels have stopped, what’s good is bad, what’s bad is good, you’ll find out when you reach the top, you’re on the bottom." - Bob Dylan "Idiot Wind"

Bhagavad-gita 18.32

That understanding which considers irreligion to be religion and religion to be irreligion, under the spell of illusion and darkness, and strives always in the wrong direction, O Partha, is in the mode of ignorance.

Intelligence in the mode of ignorance is always working the opposite of the way it should. It accepts religions which are not actually religions and rejects actual religion. Men in ignorance understand a great soul to be a common man and accept a common man as a great soul. They think truth to be untruth and accept untruth as truth. In all activities they simply take the wrong path; therefore their intelligence is in the mode of ignorance.

Republicans are the ultimate flip-floppers.
FLIP: culture of life
FLOP: culture of death

FLIP: war as a last resort
FLOP: pre-emptive war

FLIP: no child left behind
FLOP: no child's behind left

FLIP: "The Clear Skies Act"
FLOP: fills our skies with pollution

FLIP: media information
FLOP: is media misinformation.

FLIP: religion
FLOP: is irreligion - meant to divide people with wedge issues, fear, and hate.

Up is down. Everything is it’s own opposite:
-A botched war is:
OPPOSITE a good re-election issue for the people who started it

-Money only flows from the rich to the poor
OPPOSITE instead of people who spend money, to the people who have money

-The greatest threat to marriage is when gay people get married
OPPOSITE rather than when other people do not

-The White house protects us
OPPOSITE by blowing a CIA operation

-Fiscal conservatism
OPPOSITE means that the government spends more

Republicans strongest argument for the '08 elections are that Democrats want to "cut and run."
But the are hypocrites, because they have:

CUT the funds for the strengthening of the levees and then
RUN from the responsibility for their breaking.

CUT the taxes for the rich, and
RUN up the deficit to maximum proportions.

CUT school funds and
RUN from their failed schools.

CUT the funds for the troops and
RUN from the responsibility for 2500 dead and 40,000 wounded.


Bhaktin Stella said...

Thank you, Prabhu, for attempting some spiritual perspective on demon-ocracy. Demons like to hide behind "religious" rhectoric, but you know them by their fruits.
Hare Krishna!
Bhaktin Stella

Loka Guru said...

This article was very good. Srila Prabhupada used to write articles like this before he came to the west and before he accepted the renounced orders. To comment upon these demonic activities and give people the actual understanding plus a means to come to the truth is truely compassionate. Srila Prabhupada and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu will surely bless you.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate what you are doing, although I have just glanced at your site.

However I must say I am physically distressed by the 2 comments on the left side of this page from a bhaktin and LG.

Just as you have listed the "flip-flops" of the republicans, the devotees refering to "demons" and their activities...are exactly the same. especially since this was addressed to New Vrindavan! "Knowing them by there fruits"...child molesting, wife beating, murder, scams, drugs....
who are the demons???
It would be nice if we (devotees) as a group could stop the name calling and start looking within.
that is self-realization. We are all part and parcel of the supreme, even republicans. We are all capable of immense good or if we choose, immense unkindness.

The only path to peace is to look past the superficial and really get to know on a personal level those we do not understand. People involve in demonic activites because they lack the understanding that we are all part of God...and should behave towards others in a way that represents that awareness. eka.

shick said...

(FROM THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG) I totally agree with Anonymous in that we have to "look past the superficial and really get to know on a personal level those we do not understand" so that we can come to the "understanding that we are all part of God...and should behave towards others in a way that represents that awareness."

I also agree that devotees should avoid name-calling. However, in the 16th chapter of the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna spoke about the divine and demoniac natures. As Emerson said, we have to be able to "tell the difference between the angels and the devils." If you are a maha-bhagavat devotee, you don't have to discriminate, but on the second-class platform one must be able to tell the difference between the devotees, the envious, and the innocent. If you don't know who you're dealing with, you cannot preach.

There have been many demons like Kamsa and Hiranyakasipu in the past, and God Himself, and devotees without an agenda, that is non-envious devotees, like Srila Prabhupada, have labeled them as such. I heard that Prabhupada once called a scientist a demon to his face, and interestingly enough, he did not become offended, because there was no abrasive ego in Srila Prabhupada's character. Interestingly, the scientist replied, "Well, maybe God didn't provide me with enough evidence for my experiment."

Of course, us neophytes always have to be careful not to unleash our egos by calling other people names for the sake of being "holier than thou."

Saying that, I didn't have a problem with Bhakin Stella or LG's comments, except for fact that I object to the word "demon-ocracy," or "demon-crazy," even though Prabhupada created and applied that euphemism. The system of democracy may be crazy compared to the system of saintly monarchy, but WE DON'T HAVE ANY saintly kings right now, so we have to have the checks and balances of a democratic republic.

The only other choice is what this country is becoming - a feudal oligarchy, and worse yet, a fascist totalitarian dictatorship. Sorry anonymous, but everyone (devotee or non-devotee) would agree, "That's demoniac."

P.S. This blog is not addressed solely to New Vrindaban. It for everyone.