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A former Gurkha who won the Victoria Cross has told of his joy at being given the right to live in the UK.
He was initially denied a settlement visa by the Home Office, which said: "You have failed to demonstrate that you have strong ties with the UK."
But on Friday the Home Office said Mr Pun would be allowed to live in the UK, with Immigration Minister Liam Byrne saying he deserved to be honoured for his services to Britain.
Mr Byrne said: "This decision was not taken lightly and reflects the extraordinary nature of this case, in particular Mr Pun's heroic record in service of Britain which saw him awarded the Victoria Cross."
More than 12,000 people signed a petition on the Downing Street website calling on the prime minister "to immediately and retrospectively give all Gurkha servicemen and their immediate families past and present British citizenship". go to story
Do your duty
excerpt from morning walk conversation, Hyderabad, April 23, 1974
Prabhupada: [cites an objection commonly
given to the call to serve Krishna:] "This is my duty: to serve my
country, to serve my land." This is maya [illusion].
The rascal, he is engaged to "Do your duty to your country," and what
is the country? Suppose if I do my duty and I may be driven away from
my country next life, because there is no guarantee that I will have to
take my birth... Just like one astrologer has explained that Jawaharlal
Nehru has become a dog in Scandinavia. [laughs] There is chance. Tatha
dehantara-praptih [Bhagavad-gita 2.13]. You will
have to change your body. Now, where it will be changed, how it will be
changed, what kind of body you will get—that is not in your hands. That
is not in your hands. You cannot say, "Oh, I am Prime Minister. I must
get such and such body." That is not going to be accepted. But these
foolish rascal people, they do not understand it. Prakriteh
kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvashah [Bg. 3.27]. I am acting
under certain infection. So I am infecting, say, some venereal disease.
So I must suffer for it.
Prime Minister today, dog tomorrow?
excerpt from conversation in Hrishikesh, May 8, 1977
After this body you have to accept another body. If you do not know what kind of body you are going to accept... There is no question of acceptance. You'll be forced to accept. It is not that your choice. Karanam guna-sangah asya sad-asad-janma-yonishu. You have to accept one body according to your karma. If you have behaved like a human being, you can get the body of a human being. If you have behaved like a dog, you'll get the body of a dog. And if you have behaved like demigod, you'll get.
urdhvam gacchanti sattva-stha
This is going on. Therefore this life is preparation for the next life. These are simple truth. But people are in ignorance. They do not know anything. And they're keeping them in ignorance and bluffing them in so many ways. The whole duty, I am going... If I am going to accept another body, then where is the question of my nationalism? If I am eternal... Na hanyate hanyamane sharire [Bg. 2.20], na jayate na mriyate va. If I do not take my birth, if I do not die, and na hanyate hanyamane sharire [Bg. 2.20], and I'll have to accept another body, then, so long I have got this body, I may be big politician, big philanthropist, but next life, if I am going to be dog, then where is the value of this prime ministership, big, big...? And where is my nation? Where is my country? Where is my family? So things are going on in ignorance. And they are kept in ignorance. ...This is going on. And the Krishna consciousness movement is meant for reforming all these nonsense activities.
Where do you belong?
excerpt from Science of Self Realization, "Knowing the Purpose of Life"
other day I was explaining that one who identifies with this bag of
bones and skin is like an animal. So by chanting Hare Krishna this
misunderstanding will be cleansed. Cleansing of the heart means that
one will understand that he does not belong to this material world. Aham
brahmasmi: I am spirit soul. As long as one identifies oneself
with England, with India, or with America, this is ignorance. Today you
are an Englishman because you were born in England, but in your next
life you may not take your birth in England; it may be in China or
Russia or some other country. Or you may not get this human form of
body. Today you are a nationalist, you are a very great follower of
your country, but tomorrow if you stay in your country you may be a cow
being taken to the slaughterhouse.
Sri Guru and Gauranga
Worldwide Contest of Military Might
Kashmir Blood on British Hands
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The Vanquishers are Vanquished
Aim of Life
World Community - Government, Economy, Politics
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