Yahoo! Contributor Network – ROY A. BARNES – Nov 29, 2011
Top-tier Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich acknowledged his imperfections, as he stated Monday on radio station WSC-FM. “No person except Christ has ever been perfect. So I don’t claim to be the perfect candidate,” according to the Associated Press. Gingrich’s observation is related to the admonition of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who told Republicans in June, “We’re not going to have a perfect candidate — there’s only been one perfect person who has ever walked on this Earth,” according to the New York Times.
If that “perfect person,” Jesus Christ, ran for the GOP nomination, he’d have no chance because a number of his positions go against right-wing orthodoxy. Go to story
SANDY NIXON: I’ve got a good question. How can we get a God conscious leader in this country?
PRABHUPADA: You come and live with us. You’ll get God. Just like so many boys…
MS NIXON: As a president in this country.
JAYATIRTHA: How to get a God conscious leader?
MS NIXON: God conscious president.
PRABHUPADA: Yes, if you train people to become God conscious, then naturally president will come, God conscious. If you train people like hogs and dogs, then the president will be hogs and dogs because it is democracy. (laughter) Therefore we have taken the task to train people how to become godly. Then naturally the president will come godly. If people decide that “We shall not cast our vote to any man who is not Krishna conscious,” then the Krishna conscious man will come.
But people are not trained up. They are fools, so they elect another fool, big fool. That’s all. How you can be happy? Just like in the forest the small animals like cats and dogs and asses, they are very much afraid of the lion, tiger. And they accept lion as the king of forest. But he may be lion or tiger and elected by asses and cats and dogs, but he is nothing but animal. Will any human being accept the lion as human being? No. He knows that he is an animal. Maybe he is voted by the small animals. So that is the position. At the present moment the mass of people are kept in their animal consciousness. And therefore they elect another big animal to become president. Their idea is to have animal strength, jaws and nails and very powerful—”Oh, he is God,” or “He is president.” They cannot select anyone else.
But formerly, in the Vedic civilization, a king was elected by the first-class men of the society, the saintly persons, the brahmanas. They did not take part in politics, but they recommended that “This man should…” Just like Krishna. He wanted Yudhishthira must be the king. Because king is supposed to be God’s representative, how to rule over, not that these cats and dogs will find out a lion and vote him to the chair. That is not the process. Your modern process is that the electors, they are not trained up, and they elect another big animal to become the president. Therefore it is failure. All over the world this is going on. This so-called democracy… Unless people are very much trained up, the election by the mass is not very good. Rather, a first-class men, they should nominate that “This man should be president.” That will be nice. Your question was “How to find out president, good”? So this is the process.
So there is no intelligent class of man. That is the difficulty. Who is trying to control his mind, control his senses? This is the first condition to become a first-class man. As soon as a man sees a beautiful woman, immediately his mind is agitated. Where is the control? And as soon as the mind is agitated, the senses are agitated. And this is the first condition of the first-class man, that he should not be agitated in his mind, and agitated by senses. This is the first condition. So where is that school who is training to, how to control the mind, how to control the senses, how to become truthful, how to become cleansed, internally, externally. These are the signs of first-class men. So we are trying our little bit to make some men as first class. This is our teeny effort. We are not patronized by any interested person, neither by the government. By our own effort we are trying. So far big, big man, leaders, they are thinking, “This is all useless.” And because they have taken these things are useless, now they are facing problems, “Crime. Why? What to do?”
And it is said there… Find out this verse. Strishu dushtasu varshneya. …These are very serious question. If you want to study them seriously, everything, direction, is there.
NITAI: Strishu dushtasu…
PRABHUPADA: Varshneya varna-sankarah abhibhavatah.
NITAI: First Chapter. [reads:]
strishu dushtasu varshneya
“When irreligion is prominent in the family, O Krishna, the women of the family become corrupt, and from the degradation of womanhood, O descendant of Vrishni, comes unwanted progeny.”
PRABHUPADA: And then? Next verse?
kula-ghnanam kulasya cha
patanti pitaro hy esham
“When there is an increase of unwanted population, a hellish situation is created both for the family and for those who destroy the family tradition. In such corrupt families, there is no offering of oblations of food and water to the ancestors.”
PRABHUPADA: So this instruction is strishu dushtasu: “When women become polluted, there is unwanted population.” That is coming all over the world, the hippies. Therefore the first thing is how to train up women not to become polluted. This is the way of… In the modern society they have given women freedom. That I have already explained. In the name of freedom of woman, they are being exploited. Everything is there: social, religious, political, cultural, educational. We have to accept that course. Then everything will be all right. If you don’t accept, then you have to suffer problems. It is not meant for a particular class of men or particular country, it is meant for the whole human society. Therefore, this purification of the society at the present, fallen condition is very, very difficult to revive. Because people are so fallen, it is almost impossible. Therefore Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has recommended that “You all together chant Hare Krishna, and everything will be done nicely.”
harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva (gatir anyatha)
[Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi-lila 17.21]
In Kali-yuga it is very difficult to reform the whole human society to become perfect by this process, Vedic process. It is not possible. Therefore Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s, that “You chant congregationally this Hare Krishna mantra. Never mind. Whatever impurities have entered, it will be all cleansed.” That you have seen yesterday in the procession. So everyone was chanting in ecstasy Hare Krishna. You have seen? Yes. So this is the process which we are trying to introduce, not anything, caste system or this system, no. Then everything will come automatically. Easiest process.