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Mud Eruption and Water
Shortages: misuse of industry
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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Herald Tribune - Friday, October 6, 2006 - by
RAYMOND BONNER and MUKTITA SUHARTONO of THE NEW YORK TIMES - Seeking gas, Indonesians face geysers of mud
KEDUNGBENO, Indonesia It started as a natural gas well. It has
become geysers of mud and water, and in a country plagued by
earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis another calamity in the making,
though this one is largely man-made.
Eight villages are completely or partly submerged, with homes and more
than 20 factories buried to the rooftops. Some 13,000 people have been
evacuated. The four-lane highway west of here has been cut in two, as
has the rail line, dealing a serious blow to the economy of this region
in East Java, an area vital to the country's economy. The muck has
already inundated an area covering one and a half square miles.
And it shows no signs of stopping.
The mud is rising by the hour, and now spewing forth at the rate of
about 170,000 cubic yards a day, or about enough to cover Central Park.
Foreign companies, environmental groups and political observers are now
watching closely to see whether the government will hold the company
that drilled the well accountable for the costs of the cleanup, which
could easily reach $1 billion. full story
Magazine - October 2, 2006 - by SUSAN JAKES
- China's Water Woes
Some 320 million Chinese lack adequate access to clean
drinking water. Deserts cover 27% of the country's landmass. Most of
China's surface water is unfit for human consumption, and some of that
not even clean enough for industrial use. Grain production is sliding.
And the Yellow River runs dry so often and so long that some scientists
have argued that it ought to be considered a seasonal phenomenon.
"China's water shortage and pollution problems are more severe than any
other large country in the world," said Qiu Baoxing, Vice Minister of
Construction, last month, "This is a critical point in time. We are at
a crossroads." full story
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on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.40, Mayapur, October 20, 1974
arrangement is very complete. Purnam idam purnam adah
purnat purnam udachyate [Ishopanishad, Invocation].
Krishna has given us everything in complete. There is no question...
Although we have come to this material world for undergoing some
tribulation on account of our rebellious attitude towards Krishna...
Krishna, we are meant for serving Krishna, but we have rebelled: "Why
shall I serve Krishna? I shall serve my senses. I shall remain
independent without Krishna." This is our folly. That is not possible.
We have discussed already that without Krishna there is no question of
happiness. There is no question of happiness. It is our... This is
bhuli' sei jiva anadi-bahirmukha
ataeva maya tare deya samsara-duhkha [Chaitanya-charitamrita
is something like... Our only fault is that we have forgotten Krishna
and we have come to enjoy this material world. Material enjoyment means
sense gratification. That's all. That is the material world. And
spiritual world means there is no sense gratification, only activities
for Krishna's satisfaction. That is spiritual world. The so-called
material world can be converted into spiritual world when this Krishna
consciousness is there, that everything should be used for Krishna's
pleasure. That is spiritual world. Otherwise, it is material world.
In the higher sense there is no material world at all. Sarvam
khalv idam brahma. Everything is Krishna and Krishna's energy.
So Krishna's energy is not different from Krishna. Just like the
sunshine is not different from the sun. Although sun is millions and
millions of miles away, still, we can feel what is the sun by feeling
the energy of the sun, the sunshine. We can understand that sun is
complete heat and light. Although we cannot go to sun, but by the
sunshine, we can understand. Similarly, we can understand Krishna by
His different energies. Parasya shaktir vividhaiva shruyate
[Cc. Madhya 13.65, purport]. He has got multi-energies. So these plants
and creepers, they are also produced out of Krishna's energy, and we
take advantage of them.
So if we want to be happy, these things are required. What is that? Ime
jana-padah svriddhah. Jana-padah, cities and towns, we
require. Because we are human beings, we cannot live in the forest.
There are certain uncivilized human beings, they are meant for living
in the forest because they are not civilized. But civilized men, they
require nice towns, cities, full of gardens, parks, and nice roads and
paths, nice building. They're all described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam
about the Dvaraka City, Mathura City, in the, those days. Still there
are some samples. In Mathura you'll find that outside the city there
are many gardens. The gardens... Formerly the guests, kings and big,
big men, when they became guests, these garden houses were meant for
them. We get this information from many literatures, Vedic literatures.
So anyway, we should be eager to become happy even in the cities and
towns with the help of these things: aushadhi-virudhah, then
forests, adri, nadi. Nadi means not dirty, nadi. Very
clear water and waves are flowing. By the modern civilization I have
seen so many rivers in Europe, in Paris, in Moscow and in Germany. All
rivers are very, very dirty. Very, very dirty. You cannot take bath,
what to speak of drinking water. So dirty due to this rascal industry.
Even in our New York, the bays and the seas they're also polluted. All
dirty things are there. How long the water will be clear? No. The
rivers, at least the rivers, in the city, they should be kept very
clean. But they cannot keep clean because they have got so many dirty
activities, enterprises, mills and factories. So in Calcutta also,
the... There are so many jute mills and factories on the riverside. All
the nightsoil, they are thrown into the Ganges. So still the Ganges is
so powerful that it keeps clear. Hundreds and thousands people, still
they take bath in the Ganges, and they keep very good health, those who
are taking bath regularly in the Ganges. And cities and towns, there
must be a river. In India, you'll find, all the important cities in
India, they are on the bank of the Ganges, on the bank of the Yamuna,
on the bank of the Narmada, Krishna, Kaveri, like that, all the
important cities. And Chanakya Pandit says that "Don't go to a town and
city where there is no river and where there is no friend and there is
no temple. Don't go to that city. If there is no river, no friend and
no temple, then that is... A great city is a great forest." So that is
So we should be happy with these things. Cities and towns does not mean
big, big slaughterhouse, cinema, brothel, and factories and all dirty
things. Here it is not mentioned. Here Kuntidevi says, ime
jana-padah svriddhah supakvaushadhi
virudhah [SB 1.8.40]. She never said that "These towns and
cities are flourishing on account of having so many industries,
slaughterhouse, brothels, cinema, clubs, nightclubs." Not like that.
There was no such thing in those days. These are modern inventions to
make the whole world hellish. Otherwise people would be... If you want
to be rich, then you can get riches... Wherefrom? Vanadri-nady-udanvantah.
From seas, from river, from hills. You can get valuable jewels, gems,
pearls, from these natural sources. So India's wealth, formerly, it was
depending on these things: gold, silver, jewels, pearls, silk—not
industry. And from the forest, from the herbs, from food grains—all
natural products. So from the river... The saintly persons, they
depended mostly on the riverside. Anywhere they will put a cottage on
the river... Still that is going on. A saintly person, if he wants to
remain in a secluded place, so they select any place on the riverside,
have a small cottage. Still you'll find in many places, especially on
the bank of the Ganges, Narmada, Godavari, Kaveri. There are many
saintly persons, especially on the bank of Yamuna and Ganges. If you go
to Allahabad, you'll find they are living very peacefully, a small
cottage on the bank of the Ganges.
When Narada Muni made the hunter a disciple, so he dragged him to the
riverside, Ganges, and gave him a Tulasi plant, that: "You sit down
here and chant Hare Krishna mantra. And the Tulasi plant is
here. You offer obeisances." Then he was very much anxious because he
was hunter. He has been stopped, his main business, killing business.
So he was thinking that "My Guru Maharaja may not cheat me. He has
stopped my business. He has broken my bows and arrows. And now he has
dragged me here to sit down and chant Hare Krishna." Then he asked,
"What about my food, sir? I'll sit down here or..." Narada Muni assured
him that "Don't bother. I'll send you your food. You sit down here. You
chant, and I will send your food." So he was little doubtful. Anyway,
this news, as soon as the news spread in the neighboring places that "A
hunter has become a Vaishnava," so out of curiosity, people used to
come to see the hunter-Vaishnava. The hunter... When one is Vaishnava,
he's no longer a hunter or belonging to the any caste. But people used
to say "the hunter-Vaishnava."
So it is the custom of grihasthas that when a grihastha
goes to see a saintly person, he should bring some gifts. Never mind
however insignificant is. At least one palmful of rice or dal [lentils] or atara [wheat flour], put there. Give something. If
one comes to the temple... Here are many temples in India still. People
come there with... One who hasn't got many things, but he brings one
palmful of atara or rice or dal. This is useful. And in
the temple there are three pots. They put dal in the dal,
atara in the atara, and rice in the rice. So in
this way the inmates of the temple, they can live without going
outside. But people have lost such habit. They come empty-handed—"darshan"—that
"I'll not give you anything, but you are a saintly person. Give me darshan,
and give me your ashirvada [blessings],
and then I enjoy my senses. That's all. Nothing to give you, but you
give me your ashirvada. You give me the dust of your feet. I
become benefited. You starve." But [chuckling] that is not the process.
So the hunter, he was following the instruction of his Guru Maharaja,
Narada Muni, chanting Hare Krishna and sitting very peacefully. So
people would come, and they were surprised. So, so many people
came—heaps of atara, heaps of rice, heaps of vegetables. So he
became little agitated: "What shall I do with so many, so much
quantity? Why he's sending so much? We are simply two, husband and
wife. So why he's sending this?"
So actually, for Vaishnava, who is dependent on Krishna, there is no
want. There cannot be. Yoga-kshemam vahamy aham, tesham
nityabhiyuktanam [Bhagavad-gita 9.22]. If one is
actually dependent on Krishna, there is no question of scarcity. That
is the Shukadeva Gosvami's instruction, kasmad bhajanti kavayo
dhana-durmadandhan [SB 2.2.5]. He says to the saintly persons to
become independent. So he advises that "Why you are anxious for
bedding? There is very nice grass. And you have got pillows, this hand,
arms. You can lie down here. And where is... What is the necessity of
keeping a waterpot?" Because a sannyasi, even giving up
everything, he keeps one waterpot. So Shukadeva Gosvami criticizes,
"What is the use of keeping waterpot? You have your palms. You can take
water from the river and drink." Chirani kim san..., pathi na
santi. And old cloth, thrown away... Formerly, grihasthas,
in different ceremonies, after taking bath, they would throw away their
garments, their..., so that poor people, they can take it and use it.
And new. Every religious function... In our childhood also we have
seen. As soon as there was a new function or puja, there was
new cloth. Even household puja... That takes place practically
every month. Lakshmi-puja, Karttika-puja... Bara mase tara upara
bhan. Actually there are twelve months, but the festivals are
thirteen. It was very difficult to adjust where the another festival,
in which month it should be observed. So we have got experience—in
Lakshmi-puja, all new cloth. The children, at least, at least the
children and the housewife will have new cloth for every function. And
what was the price of cloth? Very cheap. One rupee, four annas;
one rupee, six annas, per pair. So we have seen it. So
festival. So there was no scarcity. Why? People were religiously
inclined. Even for a beggar, there was sufficient. The temple,
sufficient, everything. That is called ime jana-padah svriddhah.
Svriddha, svriddha means opulent. All the cities and towns
were opulent; villages, opulent, no want. And they depended on the
trees, plants, this river, the mountain, the sea. Those who were...
They're expert, they would go underneath the sea and pick up the
pearls. That is very valuable. And still there are. So for rich men,
the jewelries, the silk, nice food, nice building. And poor man, also,
even they do not require jewelries, but they were not hungry.
Everything was complete.
So [reading from Srimad-Bhagavatam:] "Human prosperity
flourishes by natural gifts and not by gigantic industrial
enterprises." This is the purport
. This gigantic enterprise, industrial, they are called ugra-karma.
Ugra-karma. Just like now, New Delhi, there is industry. Every town
has got industrial area, and big, big industries are flourishing.
Especially when you go from Vrindavana side to New Delhi, the first big
industry we see—that Goodyear Tire, very big factory. So people are
being dragged there that "Come here. You'll get good salary. Why you
are working in the field so hard? Come here. You'll get good salary,
and..." So they go. But the result is that they are not happy. And when
they are not happy, they are, I mean, induced to take wine and meat. In
this way, whole world... India, it was not there. Gandhi's movement was
to stop this wine, flesh, and as we are prohibiting. But at the present
moment, the government is encouraging. It is very regrettable.
[Continues reading:] "The gigantic industrial enterprises are products
of a godless civilization." Godless civilization, they no more can
depend on the natural gifts. They think by industrial enterprises, they
will get more money and they'll be happy. And to remain satisfied with
the food grains, vegetables and natural gifts, that is primitive idea.
They say, "It is primitive." When men were not civilized, they would
depend on nature, but when they are advanced in civilization, they must
discover industrial enterprises. So instead of eating on metal dishes,
the civilized men should eat on, what is that called, plastic. That's
all. Now plastic utensils, not even metal. Still, according to Vedic
civilization, these Hindus, they would not touch this china, clay
utensils, or this plastic utensils. Never they'll... Or glass utensils,
they'll never touch. Especially in South India they are very strict. A
poor man would prefer to eat on the plantain leaf. And the rich men,
they eat on silver utensils. They do not even like to, I mean to say,
brass or other base metals.
So this is very good economy also. If you... If you have got metal
utensils, if you are in need of money, you can get immediately in
exchange some money. There are pawn shops. So they will keep anything,
a gold Banarsi sari, or metal utensils or ornaments, if you are
of... Village bankers. Immediately. Poor man... Suppose if you require
five rupees, ten rupees. You haven't got, but what...,
how to get the
money? You take something from your household paraphernalia and go to
the pawn-maker. You get money. You are now relieved from the present
anxiety. Then again you get back. But what is this china, clay, the
china pots and this plastic pot will bring? No, nothing. From economic
point of view, this is also very good. So depend on nature.
So [reading:] "The more we go on increasing such troublesome industries
to squeeze out the vital energy of the human being, the more there will
be unrest and dissatisfaction..."—that is practical—"...of the people
in general, although a few only can live lavishly by exploitation." So
our Krishna consciousness movement is all-round. If people understand
that this is a religious movement... No. Religious movement is
different thing. Krishna consciousness movement... Krishna. It is not
our manufactured ideas. Krishna speaks in the Bhagavad-gita
to make people Krishna conscious in every way. He's suggesting how to
live, annad bhavanti bhutani [Bg. 3.14], how the division
of the society should be made, chatur-
varnyam maya srishtam guna-karma-vibhagashah [Bg. 4.13],
everything, social, political and... Political also. ... So
the idea is that in the Bhagavad-gita Krishna teaches
everything very rightly, properly. The whole Vedic literature is meant
for that, not one-sided.
Now here ... Kunti is speaking to Krishna how to live, how,
by the association of Krishna, people will be happy, how they shall
live happily in the towns and cities. These things are described. So we
should always remember that this Krishna consciousness movement is for
all-around development of the human society, not a sentimental
religious movement. If people take to this... And it is based on the
teachings of Krishna, on the teachings of
Bhagavatam. Everything is described there. So the more we grow,
or grow strength, rather... Because we are now weak, very... People are
not understanding the seriousness of this movement. But the more we
grow in strength and volume, we should take part in all-round
activities of the human society to make them happy. Sarve
sukhino bhavantu. This is the Vedic culture, that Vedic culture
wants to see everyone is happy. And especially the Vaishnava... Vaishnavah
para-duhkha-duhkhi. Vaishnava has no unhappiness because he has
got Krishna. Yam labdhva chaparam labham manyate nadhikam tatah.
One who has got Krishna, where is unhappiness? And where is want? But
he has nothing, such thing as unhappiness. But he's unhappy seeing
others, these so-called rascals who have forgotten Krishna, they are
unhappy. Vaishnava is unhappy seeing these peoples' unhappiness,
Prahlada Maharaja-like. Shoche tato vimukha-chetasah: "I
am thinking... I am lamenting only for these rascals who have forgotten
You. And forgetting You, they are trying to become happy by so many
rubbish activities." Maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan
[SB 7.9.43]. They want to be happy by inventing machine for shaving
also. You see? The attention is diverted that for shaving they want
machine, for brushing the teeth they want a machine...
So that means the intelligence is being misused. Intelligence is being
a Vaishnava's duty is that even whatever they have
discovered, that can be used for Krishna's service and to teach them
how to engage everything in Krishna ... Nirbandhah
krishna-sam... Anasaktasya vishayan yatharham upayun... Anasaktasya
vishayan yatharham upayunjatah. Our policy is that we are using
this microphone... It is not that if there is no microphone, we shall
stop our speaking or preaching work. No. We have no attraction for this
microphone. But when there is microphone, we take advantage for
spreading Krishna consciousness. Anasakta... That is the
formula given by Rupa Gosvami.
yuktam vairagyam uchyate
may say that "If you are condemning material civilization, why you are
using?" It does not mean that we are attached to it. But if there is
some advantage for spreading Krishna consciousness, we can use it. We
can use the modern invention, but we are not attached to that. It is
not that without it we become collapsed. No, that is not our policy. We
can do with it and without it. When we use it, it is for the advantage
of the person. His energy is being... Who has invented this microphone,
his energy is being utilized for Krishna's purpose.
So dovetail everything dovetailed in Krishna's service. So without
Krishna, we cannot be happy. That is the right conclusion. And that is
stated here, that "Everything is flourished on account of Your
presence." And as we have repeatedly said, we can keep Krishna always
present by Krishna consciousness. Then everything will be nice; we
shall be happy, either in the town or in the forest, everywhere.
Sri Guru and Gauranga
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