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War of the Politicians
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Capturing the world leaders by Hansadutta das
People in power look at the direction of the popular opinion. Really they put themselves at the mercy of the population. Democracy means from the bottom up. Autocracy means from top down. If you can capture the interest of the common man, then those on the top will have to cater to that interest in order to get their post. Capture a brilliant man by capturing first a thousand lunk heads. Preaching means tactical. We have to see which tactic is going to bring us the advantage. more
Prabhupada: Even some hundreds of years, it
was so nice. Even there was war, they would not attack the farmers.
Rather, they would ask, "Where the other party has gone?" So they will
say: "Oh, we have seen some soldiers going this way." That's all. They
were not affected. That was the principle. Farmers were not attacked,
just like at the present moment, the law is the civilians are not
attacked. The military target is attacked. That is the law. But they do
all nonsense. Even at the present moment civilians are not attacked.
Just like Kurukshetra Battle. It was taken far away from the civilian
Hansadutta: Some field.
Prabhupada: Yes. That is civilization. "Why these innocent civilians should be killed? Let us fight, military to military. That's all." That is honest fighting. We have to settle some things by fighting. So fighting may be, I mean to say, limited within the fighters, not with the civilians.
Ramesvara: In modern warfare it's...
Prabhupada: Why not? Yes. But they, they are so rascals, they throw bomb anywhere.
Tamala Krsna: Especially atom bomb.
Prabhupada: But one thing is that because civilians are also responsible for declaring war, because the parliament is the representation of the people...
Pusta Krsna: Karma.
Prabhupada: Therefore, now the war is between people to people, nation to nation. They support with men and money. So therefore they are also killed by nature's law.
The warfare of the kshatriyas [military] and the warfare at the present moment of the whimsical politicians, it is, they are different. Formerly it was not democracy. Only the kshatriyas would fight. Especially the king, the royal order, they should come forward. Not that the politicians are sitting very comfortably at home, and poor people, they are given to fight in front of the enemy. No. That was not the system. The king must come forward. The other side, the king also come. And the opposite side, they also, he also should come forward and fight. It was duty. And as soon as the king is killed by the other party, then the other party becomes victorious. There was no more fighting. It is not the so-called king and president is sitting very comfortably and the poor soldiers, they are fighting unlimitedly, and the war is going on for many years. Just like last war we saw at least eight years it continued. Eight years, six years, no. The Battle of Kurukshetra, it was finished within eighteen days. There is no use of prolonging the war unnecessarily. If the chief man is killed, then war is finished.