Vedic Perspective Editorial Commentary 8-13-87 World Peace and the Krishna Movement Thousa

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Vedic Perspective Editorial Commentary 8-13-87 World Peace and the Krishna Movement Thousands of people from all over the world will be coming together in sacred sites all over the world in an effort to avert the anhillation of civilization on earth on August 16 and 17 which is this coming Sunday and Monday. This special phenomenon is called the harmonic convergence according to an article from the New York Times. Coincidentally, devotees of the Hare Krishna movement and Hindus worldwide will also be observing Krishna janma-jayanti or the birthday celebration of Lord Krishna followed by the birthday celebration of the movement's founder, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada which also is occuring on the 16th and 17th of this month. When commenting upon the possiblity of nuclear disaster and World War III, Shrila Prabhupada would sometimes say that such a nuclear war was unavoidable because of the presence of stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Then sometimes he would also say that depending on how effective the devotees of Krishna were intent on spreading the message of Krishna consciousness, such wars may be averted if people were seriously engaged in stopping their sinful and godless behavior. Shrila Prabhupada also commented on other attempts at world peace. Commenting on the hopelessness of godless solutions, he would often use as an example the attempts of the United Nations organization. The idea of creating world peace is certainly a very noble and worthwhile endeavor but Shrila Prabhupada taught that it is only possible through the Krishna consciousness. The fault of attempts at world peace as being done by the United Nations is that they do not actually have a practical plan to create brotherhood. As long as people are very proud of these false designations: "I am American," "I am Russian," "I am Hindu," "I am black," "I am white," then there is no possiblity for peace. But when one gets rid of these false ideas throught the process of Krishna consciousness, he can understand that he is not American, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, black or white, but he knows that everyone, even the animals, plants and germs; they are all parts and parcles of God. The physical body may be American, Asian, dog or cat, but the soul is the same. Prabhupada's idea was to kick out this idea of nationality consciousness and cultivate international consciousness. Therefore the idea of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness was developed with the purpose of getting rid of so-called national pride based on false designations and develop the idea that everyone is originally an eternal servant of Krishna. Now there is a growing movement of people here in America who are looking to reawaken their spirituality through what is called the New Age movement. New Agers will be taking very seriously this harmonic convergence which is said to be a means of averting such nuclear anhillation. It is said that New Agers have adopted an interest in reincarnation, UFOs, and adopted some Eastern religious ideas which are not in line with traditional Judeo- Christian beliefs. So although such New Agers are adopting a variety of metaphysical ideas, it can be taken as a sign that the world is getting smaller and distinct cultural and religious lines are vanishing. There may be only one world culture in the future. Right now, everyone is adopting the American technological culture with its emphasis on scientific research. But the devotees of the Hare Krishna movement after taking note of the limitations of science have taken to the spiritual culture of Krishna and the Bhagavad-gita and have taken it to be superior than science. The question is, when Eastern spiritual culture and Western technological culture come together, will Easterners lose their spirituality or will Westerners lose their technology? That is already happening that people are coming from places like India to America and they are slowly adopting the culture of yavanas and mlecchas. But if Indians follow the instruction of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Shri Krishna Chaitanya, then as He says it is your duty your dharma to know the importance of Bhagavad-gita and spread this message all over the world. Not that you lose your culture and also come to the platform of yavana and mleccha. By keeping the spiritual culture very strong with Krishna in the center then that will be good for everyone and can bring actual world peace which people are interested in. Otherwise we have seen how quickly nuclear weapons can destroy cities and innocent citizens like women and children. --Vaishnava dasa

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