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BBC - Mon 12 Feb 2007 - JAMES REYNOLDS, BBC News, Beijing Wifeless future for China's men
China is worried about what may happen in 20 years or so when these kids grow up and start trying to settle down.
An official estimate says that, by 2020, there may be 30 million men of marriageable age who will not be able to find a wife.
The gender imbalance has various causes. Abortions on female foetuses are believed to be widespread as couples, particularly in rural areas, hope for a son who will look after them in their old age. There is also suspected under-reporting of female births. go to story
China's one-child policy has led to wide-spread practice of gender selection, abortion of female babies in preference of male children. Srila Prabhupada explains that generally in any society the female population exceeds the number of males, and Vedic civilization allowed polygamy to ensure that every woman was married, but social engineering by less-than-enlightened government leaders has upset the natural order of society with disastrous results, as seen in China's shortage of brides, in particular in rural parts. Here, Srila Prabhupada explains the consequences of abortion, and rejects the idea of overpopulation, which is China's justification for its one-child per family policy.We never die
excerpt from lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.12, London, August 18, 1973
"Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be." (Bhagavad-gita 2.12)
Prabhupada: This is a very important verse.
The modern scientists, philosophers, they say that after finishing this
body, we no more exist, finished, everything finished. This is not new.
In olden times also there were atheists like Charvaka Muni, he also
said like that: bhasmi-bhutasya dehasya kutah punar agamano
bhavet. Now why you are worrying about next life? As soon as
this body is burned into ashes, everything is finished. According to
Vedic funeral ritualistic ceremony, the body is burned. There are three
ends of the body, either to become stool, or to become ashes, or to
become earth. Those who are burying the body, just like the Christian,
Mohammedans do, the body becomes earth. Everything, from the earth it
has come up: "Dust thou were, dust thou beist." This beautiful body,
nice body, will become earth. And those who are burning, so their body
becomes ashes. And those who throw the body to be eaten by jackals and
crows, they become stool. This is the end of the body. We are taking so
much care of this body, but the ultimate end of this body is either
stool, earth or ashes. So foolish persons who are in the bodily concept
of life, they are thinking: "After all, this body will be finished. So
so long the body is there, senses are there, let us enjoy. Why so much
restrictions, no illicit sex, no gambling? No. These are all nonsense.
Let us enjoy life." This is atheistic life. Foolish life. They do not
know, so the body is not all.
Searching for bodies
is the Supreme Spirit Person. He is all-pervading. Everywhere He is
present. He is so expansive. We are simply... We are also
all-pervading, but within this body. That's all. Krishna is
all-pervading means throughout the whole creation, Krishna
all-pervading. And we are also all-pervading only in this body. You are
all-pervading within your body; I know the pains and pleasures of my
body; you know the pains and pleasures of your body. So all-pervading
means within this body. If I pinch anywhere, I'll feel pain, you'll not
feel pain. Therefore, you are not all-pervading, I am not
all-pervading. But Krishna is all-pervading. When I feel pain, Krishna
knows it. Vedaham samatitani [Bg. 7.26]. "I know
everything." That is Krishna. Try to understand distinction between
Krishna and us. He's all-pervading, but He's nitya,
ever-existing. We are also ever-existing. Nityo nityanam
chetanash chetananam (Katha Upanishad 2.2.13). We
have got knowledge, Krishna has got knowledge. But we have got limited
knowledge. Krishna has got unlimited knowledge. That is the difference.
Krishna is also cognizant. He's also acknowledged. Nityo
nityanam chetanash chetananam.
No overpopulation, but restriction of supply
Nityo nityanam. So every living entity is nitya. As Krishna is nitya. He is singular number; we are plural number. That is the difference. We are many; Krishna is one. There cannot be many Krishnas. But there are many living entities. So what is the difference between the singular number? That is also stated here: eko bahunam yo vidadhati kaman. This one singular number is supplying all the necessities of this plural number. Is it not fact? We are very much disturbed over population. That is all nonsense. Krishna is quite able, if there is overpopulation... There cannot be overpopulation, because there are already ananta living entities, what to speaking of overpopulation? It is already there, you cannot count. There is no question of... There are already overpopulation. And they can be provided by Krishna. Eko bahunam yo vidadhati kaman. Krishna is not limited; He is also unlimited. He can provide unlimited living entities. There is no scarcity of food. So this theory that overpopulation is nonsense. It is also nonsense. There cannot be overpopulation. But there is restriction, by nature. Nature will restrict production of food if there are demons. Nature will not provide the demons. You'll find in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Fourth Canto, nature is quite prepared to supply all the foods, but as soon as there are number of demons, because the whole plan is to correct. Just like the criminals are sent to the prison house for being corrected so that they may not again commit criminals. That is the purpose of... Similarly, we are all criminals who are in this material world. The purpose is to be corrected. We wanted to imitate Krishna, to become Krishna, and therefore we violated the orders of Krishna, and that criminality means material life.
krishna-bahirmukha hana bhoga vancha kare
is maya [illusory], this material
world. Maya. This body is false, maya. So we have to
accept this body because we wanted to enjoy. So enjoy, you enjoy with
this body, particular body. Either human's body, or dog's body, or
cat's body, or demigod's body, you get as you desire. You get a
material body and enjoy. This is material life.
A conscious choice
this is material creation. Bhutva bhutva praliyate [Bg.
8.19]. As we have got this body, we have got the chance, not to become
Krishna conscious, and if we miss, then I do not know where I am going
next life. But I am not going to die, that's a fact. That will be
explained in the next verse. I am not going to die. So we existed in
the past, we are now existing at present, and we shall continue to
exist in the future. This is the position. But how we shall exist? What
kind of body, either demigod's body or dog's body or tree's body or
fish's body, that will depend on my work. Or we go back to home, back
to Godhead, Krishna like... We get the spiritual body like Krishna.
Everything is possible.
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