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May 8, 2006]
Unworthy of Their Posts
by His Divine Grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Founder-Acharya of the
world-wide Hare Krishna Movement, Brahma Sampradaya Acharya
GovExec.com, Friday, May 5 2006-by JAMES KITFIELD, National
Stakes high in battle between Rumsfeld, generals
Whatever the final outcome of the
conflict, they [the group of retired generals who have broken silence
and criticised Rumsfield and called for his resignation] and a large
number of senior officers on active duty believe that the Office of the
Secretary of Defense -- Rumsfeld and his top civilian advisers -- is
responsible for the most poorly analyzed and mismanaged U.S. military
intervention since Vietnam.
For these commanders, who have returned home with 2,400 fewer troops
than they led into Iraq, that calls for some accountability.
"My primary issue with Secretary Rumsfeld's leadership is
accountability, because I grew up in a culture where the captain of the
ship or the commander of the unit is held responsible, and Rumsfeld has
committed acts of gross negligence and incompetence," retired Marine
Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni told National Journal.
Canto 4, Chapter 22, Text 45 and purport
only a person who is completely educated according to the principles of
Vedic knowledge deserves to be commander-in-chief, ruler of the state,
the first to chastise and the proprietor of the whole planet, Prithu
Maharaja offered everything to the Kumaras.
this verse it is very clearly stated that a kingdom, state or empire
must be governed under the instructions of saintly persons and brahmanas
like the Kumaras. When monarchy ruled throughout the world, the monarch
was actually directed by a board of brahmanas and saintly
persons. The king, as the administrator of the state, executed his
duties as a servant of the brahmanas. It was not that the kings
or brahmanas 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 Sri
Ishopanisad: ishavasyam idam sarvam [Ishopanishad
everything that exists belongs to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
In Bhagavad-gita Lord Krishna also claims that He is the
proprietor of all planetary systems (sarva-loka-maheshvaram
[Bg. 5.29]). Since this is the case, no one can claim to be proprietor
of the state. The king, president or head of the state should always
remember that he is not the proprietor but the servant.
In the present age, the king or president forgets that he is the
servant of God and thinks of himself as servant of the people. The
present democratic government is proclaimed to be a people's
government, a government by the people and for the people, but this
type of government is not sanctioned by the Vedas. The Vedas
maintain that a kingdom should be governed for the purpose of
satisfying the Supreme Personality of Godhead and should therefore be
ruled by a representative of the Lord. The head of a state should not
be appointed if he is bereft of all Vedic knowledge. In this verse it
is clearly stated (veda-shastra-vid arhati) that all high
government posts are especially meant for persons who are well
conversant with the teachings of the Vedas. In the Vedas
there are definite instructions defining how a king,
commander-in-chief, soldier and citizen should behave. Unfortunately
there are many so-called philosophers in the present age who give
instruction without citing authority, and many leaders follow their
unauthorized instruction. Consequently people are not happy.
The modern theory of dialectical communism, set forth by Karl Marx and
followed by communist governments, is not perfect. According to Vedic
communism, no one in the state should ever starve. Presently there are
many bogus institutions which are collecting funds from the public for
the purpose of giving food to starving people, but these funds are
invariably misused. According to the Vedic instructions, the government
should arrange things in such a way that there will be no question of
starvation. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam it is stated that a
householder must see to it that even a lizard or a snake does not
starve. They also must be given food. In actuality, however, there is
no question of starvation because everything is the property of the
Supreme Lord, and He sees to it that there is ample arrangement for
feeding everyone. In the Vedas (Katha Upanishad
2.2.13) it is said: eko bahunam yo vidadhati kaman. The
Supreme Lord supplies the necessities of life to everyone, and there is
no question of starvation. If anyone starves, it is due to the
mismanagement of the so-called ruler, governor or president.
It is clear therefore that a person who is not well versed in the Vedic
injunctions (veda-shastra-vit) should not run for election
as president, governor, etc. Formerly kings were rajarishis,
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 brahmanas. 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 brahmanas. Because of his
disobedience to the orders of the Vedas and the brahmanas,
King Vena, Prithu Maharaja's father, was killed by the brahmanas.
Prithu Maharaja therefore knew very well that it behooved him to rule
the planet as the servant of saintly persons and brahmanas.