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| [Posted April 25, 2007]
Law, US Government & Krishna - fiction when convenient?
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
- 24 April 2007 - PHILIP ELLIOTT
Tax Evaders Sentenced, Remain in Home
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
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."
foiled by interpretation
on Bhagavad-gita, New York, July 13, 1966
book review: The Secret is out Hansadutta
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
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
Sri Guru and Gauranga
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