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[Posted April 25, 2007]

Tax Law, US Government & Krishna - fiction when convenient?

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

The Browns's house Srila PrabhupadaABC News - 24 April 2007 - PHILIP ELLIOTT  Tax Evaders Sentenced, Remain in Home

CONCORD, N.H. Apr 24, 2007 (AP)— A couple convicted of tax evasion for concealing $1.9 million in income was sentenced to prison Tuesday, but they refused to attend the hearing and have vowed not to leave their fortress-like mansion.

Ed and Elaine Brown insist tax laws do not exist and have holed up in their hilltop home in Plainfield, which has a watchtower, concrete walls and the ability to run on wind and solar power. Ed Brown, 64, said he has stockpiled food and supplies.

... The Browns based their defense on a theory that no law exists requiring tax payments.

Elaine Brown, 66, said Monday that she doesn't recognize the government, and that its officials are "a fiction in my life."
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Lecture on Bhagavad-gita, New York, July 13, 1966
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Emerson read Bhagavad-gita. Einstein read Bhagavad-gita. Tolstoy read Bhagavad-gita. Goethe read Bhagavad-gita. All great thinkers have read Bhagavad-gita. Why did they not become devotees of Krishna? Because they were reading a Bhagavad-gita which was unauthorized. It was covered by the speculation of non-devotees. Therefore they could not enter into the truth of Bhagavad-gita. We must receive Krishna's words from Krishna's devotees. This is the secret of Krishna consciousness. That is called guru-parampara. We are receiving the words of Krishna from Krishna's confidential, pure devotee. Then there will be no deception. There will be no illusion. There will be no cheating. more

Prabhupada: Scholarship is not only the asset by which we can understand Bhagavad-gita. You may be a great scholar. That's all right. But that does not mean that you know the techniques. ... The trick is that because Gita is a very reputed literature and Dr. Radhakrishnan, he's also a reputed scholar, so he thought that "I can [give my scholarly interpretation....]" Now, at the present moment, the things are going that everyone can give his own interpretation. That is the modern tendency, that everyone can give his own interpretation in any literature. So that, I mean to say, propensity, is also in Dr. Radhakrishnan, in Gandhi, and many other persons also. They are renowned persons of the world. So they have translated, and they have given their own opinion. But actually, so far Bhagavad-gita is concerned, it is to be understood in the process as recommended by Krishna. That is clear here. Otherwise, Krishna would not have said that is lost. Five thousand years before, there were many scholars, but still, Krishna said that "The Bhagavad-gita..., the purport of the Bhagavad-gita is now lost." Why it is lost? That means simply scholarship will not do. One has to...

I'll give you one practical example how things are misinterpreted. Now, in India, there was a great dramatist. He was known as Mr. D.L. Raya. He wrote one book which is called Shahjahan. Now this Shahjahan, the theme of this book is that Aurangzeb, the son of Shahjahan, he was the second son of Shahjahan, Emperor Shahjahan, and he made a clique. He killed his elder brother, he killed his younger brother, and he arrested his own father in the fort, and he manipulated things in such a way—politician—and he became the king, emperor. Now, the whole activities of that book is the Aurangzeb's activities. So one friend of the author, D.L. Raya, he inquired from D.L. Raya that "Mr. Raya, you have written this book and this book is full of the activities of Aurangzeb. Now, why you have made the hero Shahjahan? Shahjahan is on the background. The old man is arrested in the fort of Agra. He is sitting there. Why you have named the book Shahjahan?" Now, just see the purpose of the author. The author replied, "Yes, I have purposely named this book Shahjahan because actually the hero is Shahjahan." The friend inquired, "Why?" "Now, because the whole activities was being done by Aurangzeb, but the effect was being enjoyed and suffered by Shahjahan. Shahjahan was the father; he could not tolerate that his eldest son was killed, his youngest son was killed, and he was arrested. This was a political maneuver by Aurangzeb. But actually, the hero, the sufferer, was the Shahjahan, Emperor Shahjahan." Now, just see. The mind of the author was disclosed by the author. Nobody could interpret what was the intention.

Similarly, the intention of the Bhagavad-gita is known by Krishna, the author. So we have to understand the intention of the author. We cannot exact any meaning by our own scholarship which is different from the intention of the author. So anyone who is not in the disciplic succession, he cannot understand the intention of Krishna, why this Bhagavad-gita, why this yoga was imparted. You are a good scholar. You can make a... something... Just like our president, Mr. Goldsmith, he knows that expert lawyers, by interpretation, they can do so many things. That is another thing. When I was in Calcutta, there was a rent tax passed by the government, and some expert lawyer changed the whole thing by his interpretation. The government had to re-enact, you see, because the purpose was foiled by the interpretation of the lawyer. You see? So we are not out for foiling the purpose of Krishna for which the Bhagavad-gita is said. These persons, these unauthorized persons, they are practically trying to foil the purpose of Krishna. Therefore, that is unauthorized.

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