“Communism is a Movement of Sudras” – Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

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“At present, human society is specifically cultivating the mode of ignorance (tamo-guna), although there may also be some symptoms of passion (rajo-guna). Full of kama and lobha, lust and greed, the entire population of the world consists mostly of sudras and a few vaisyas, and gradually it is coming about that there are sudras only. Communism is a movement of sudras, and capitalism is meant for vaisyas. In the fighting between these two factions, the sudras and vaisyas, gradually, due to the abominable condition of society, the communists will emerge triumphant, and as soon as this takes place, whatever is left of society will be ruined. The only possible remedy that can counteract the tendency toward communism is the Krsna consciousness movement, which can give even communists the real idea of communist society. According to the doctrine of communism, the state should be the proprietor of everything. But the Krsna consciousness movement, expanding this same idea, accepts God as the proprietor of everything.”

Srila A.C. Bhaktivednata Swami, Chaitanya Caritamrita, Adi Lila 8.20

The following is an email exchange between Srila Giri Maharaja and a devotee of Ukraine.

Danadavats dear Giri Maharaj et al

I accused you remembering our discussion at our flat when you supported American democracy in contrast with Russian. So I concluded if you believe in elections it means you support govt elected by it.

I think you misunderstood a great deal about what I was saying to you that day.

Mostly I did not support any position at all. I was merely playing devil’s advocate to your statements which you seemed to believe were something like Absolute Truth. I do not think any governments or their systems on this earth represent Absolute Truth. All are faulty, frail and subject to illusion, cheating, mistake, etc.

You know I am a sannyasi trained in the line of our guru parampara. It never occurred to me until recently that you would ever have reason to think I “believe in elections” and that means I “support govt. elected by it.” This seems a ludicrous supposition to me.

I favor some actions of governments and disapprove of others. I do so on a case by case basis depending on the facts at my disposal.

From your reluctance to put any blame on pro-nationalists even in face of direct evidences I also see your support for US-led occupations all over the Ukraine.

First of all, how can I support something I do not even believe is happening? I do not believe your speculation about “Us-led occupations all over the Ukraine.”

My position with respect to Ukraine since 1991 has been utterly consistent. Ukraine should be an independent sovereign nation. As such it is free to align itself with whomever it chooses. Here are some of my thoughts drafted in response to one of your recent emails:

I have little to say about geopolitics. It is not my business. So I rarely discuss these things, except when something happens where the answer seems clear, which it rarely is.

When I was asked about the events in Maiden, I advised against rioting, etc. My advice was that these matters should be settled according to the laws of Ukraine. Perhaps the president at that time could be impeached, as can happen with our presidents here, or something like that. I advised that the Constitution and the legal statutes of Ukraine should be followed. The first reason for advising this is obvious, anarchy will breed anarchy. It is better to settle disputes through the law rather than by vigilante justice.

The second reason I offered this advice is due to the unforeseen consequences of war. I saw the rioting in Maiden as a type of war and there would be unknown consequences that would follow that war. One of these consequences is the forceful and illegal intervention of Russia who would use Maiden, etc. as an excuse to enter into the affairs of the independent and sovereign country of Ukraine.

The events in Maiden in no way justifies what Russia has done. Two wrongs do not make a right. Two illegal actions do not make a legal action.

These events all seem very clear to me so I expressed my views about them.

When asked if I thought Ukraine should join the EU, I saw a clear answer, which was “No.” I thought Ukraine should maintain its complete independence. It should not be subject to the vote of the EU or any other outside power.

In discussing the freedom of the jivas, Srila Sridhara Maharaja quoted Gandhi’s response to a British official who thought India was not ready for independence. Gandhi said “Freedom means the right to do wrong.”

A country is similar in some respects to a person. A country has a right to do wrong, as long as it does not interfere with the rights of other countries. And, like the jiva, a country will suffer or enjoy the consequences of its decisions.

Whatever has happened in Ukraine from the time of Maiden remains within the jurisdiction of the Ukrainian people to decide, through their government and their legal processes. That is my opinion.

If outside help is sought, it should be done through the legal and official channels of the Ukraine government. So, while I disagreed with both previous positions of the Ukraine government, first to join the EU, and then to form a closer alliance with Russia, I believed it was Ukraine’s right to make these decisions for itself.

Now so many things have happened, but I still believe Ukraine should remain a fully independent and sovereign democratic country whose borders should be respected by all other countries, which have no right to cross those borders except by invitation from the government of Ukraine.

You are the son of a judge. Would you like to tell me why my arguments will be rejected by an impartial judge?

Sorry for hard critics but for me it is evidence of brain-washing. It does not touch or offend your spiritual assets and identity.

I disagree. If I were to believe the world of illusion can offer us answers to the real problems we face such as birth, death, old age and disease; my spiritual assets would be in short supply, to say the least.

But my Gurudev seeing bad news in newspaper put blame on sinners who do it. So I follow His Example. He never closes his eyes on unpleasant things.

He may do so, and you may do so. As I think I mentioned before, Sri Yamaraja and Sri Vishnu are qualified to decide who shall go to heaven and who shall go to hell. I do not feel myself qualified to make such judgements.

Generally speaking, I see myself as one of the worst sinners in desperate need of the mercy of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga. I never ask Them to give me what I deserve, I beseech Them to be merciful upon me and upon others.

Your Gurudeva Swami Maharaj told once about communism saying that our aim is Spiritual Communism where everyone helps others to serve Krishna.

Yes. But Spiritual Communism is completely different from the material communism that is promoted and enforced by materialistic leaders, just as Daivi Varnashrama is completely different from the social and cultural varnashrama rejected by Sriman Mahaprabhu.

So yes, I am spiritual communist because it is the way of life at Goloka.

Perhaps you mean something different than what you said because to say “I am a spiritual communist because it is the way of life at Goloka.” is akin to promoting oneself as a pure devotee. I can’t imagine you intend to do that.

We are fallen souls. We are not spiritual communists or spiritual anything like those pure souls who inhabit Sri Goloka Dhama.

Goloka is in the spiritual world and we are in the material world. It is not appropriate to imagine the practices there can be reproduced here. There is not the least touch of mundane or selfish interest in Goloka, no cheating propensity and not even a hint of interest in exploiting others. This mundane world is a perverted reflection of that world. Here exploitation is the disease that has infected every entity here with a few rare exceptions.

Individualism and egotism is just opposite to spirituality.

Yes, for the mayavadis.

But we are not mayavadis, are we?

The spiritual home of Sri Yashodhanandana is completely individualistic. Unlimited numbers of individuals offer loving service to the Lord in very different, and very similar ways, but never the exact same way as another. This is because all Krishna’s servitors are individuals with full spiritual egos.

The goal of Krishna Consciousness is never to be without ego, but to be without false ego, the perverted reflection of spiritual ego.

About US Swami Maharaj also said once he came there that this country is populated by hogs and dogs calling them rascals.

How foolish do you think I am? That expression is taken from a statement in the Bhagavatam and it applies not to the US but all persons described in this verse:

va-vid-varahostra-kharaih
samstutah purusah pasuh
na yat-karna-pathopeto
jatu nama gadagrajah

TRANSLATION
Men who are like dogs, hogs, camels and asses praise those men who never listen to the transcendental pastimes of Lord Sri Krsna, the deliverer from evils.

Again you are trying to create some racial and national barriers. Then how are you a spiritual communist? Call yourself a spiritual racist instead, or a spiritual nationalist, more accurate, but equally absurd, terms since there is nothing spiritual in the idea you propose.

Here is the purport to the above verse [the full Purport follows at the end of my email]. Please note, there is no mention whatsoever of the US, America or any other country. The reference of dogs, hogs, etc. is clearly applied, as stated in the purport, to “The general mass of people, unless they are trained systematically for a higher standard of life in spiritual values.”

PURPORT
The general mass of people, unless they are trained systematically for a higher standard of life in spiritual values, are no better than animals, and in this verse they have particularly been put on the level of dogs, hogs, camels and asses. Modern university education practically prepares one to acquire a doggish mentality with which to accept the service of a greater master. After finishing a so-called education, the so-called educated persons move like dogs from door to door with applications for some service, and mostly they are driven away, informed of no vacancy. As dogs are negligible animals and serve the master faithfully for bits of bread, a man serves a master faithfully without sufficient rewards.

Seeing what America does in the world I admit He was right.

You admit it as right with your usual blinders on and head pointed towards the US.

But that is a perversion of what was intended.

Can you admit “He was right” when the statement is applied in the universal way it was intended?

“The general mass of people, unless they are trained systematically for a higher standard of life in spiritual values, are no better than animals”

That admission is the only relevant admission.

Because whatever country it touches it transfers it in the hell.

That is your opinion. I do not see your opinion as Absolute.

The entire material world is hell, because there is forgetfulness of our true relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, the expression you used “whatever country it touches it transfers it in the hell” is a meaningless redundancy. One cannot transfer into hell what is already hell.

Spirit, a thing that is not hell, is the only thing that could be transformed from what it is, into what it was not, i.e. hell. But there is a problem doing this. Matter cannot touch spirit. Therefore, spirit cannot be transformed into hell by the touch of the US or any other material thing.

To think the US can transform spirit into matter (hell) is to assign matter a position of strength superior to spirit. Matter has no such power over spirit.

So Uncle Sam is pure demon.

You know “Uncle Sam” is a fictional person, right? As such, you may call him whatever you want. It is irrelevant to me.

Why not openly to acclaim it?

Again, I am not fixated on assigning the term demon to any person or entity as you seem to be.

And what need is there for me to do so when you are so adept in this skill? I do not think I can add anything to your expertise and ability in this regard.

You are right saying that material circumstances does not add much to spiritual life. But from other point there is congenial and not association. It is called sadhu-sanga.

Sadhu-sanga is not a material circumstance.

Also once you mentioned hippies movement as congenial towards preaching and acceptance of the Hare Krishnas. Because they were for peace and anti-war. They were searching truths etc. It was nice time.

You’ll have to show me the exact quotation. I don’t recall saying this as you remember it.

What I recall saying is that the hippies should have been opposed to Srila Prabhupada’s preaching because he was utilizing a book, Bg, that encouraged war rather than opposing it.

Prabhupada also demanded abstinence from illicit sex and the use of intoxication, etc. The hippie culture promoted the opposite, excessive indulgence in these things. So they should have been opposed to the preaching of abstinence.

By the force of Srila Prabhupada’s purity and preaching, instead of opposing his preaching, they accepted it, adopted it and began propagating it themselves.

I think this more fairly represents what I wrote previously.

So preaching as you admit depends on material or political circumstances.

No. I did not admit that. Preaching success is dependent upon the mercy of Sri Gurudeva and Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga. That is what I admit.

If it was true in US why it cannot be true on global scale. Even Tibetan book of dead says that soul may take her birth in materially rich societies but forgetful of spiritual aims. And Eastern countries are more beneficial as India for example. He also called West as blind and East as incapacitated. And East should lead West.

Prabhu, please excuse me, but do not be childish. East, as Srila Prabhupada used it meant the teachings of the Vedas, specifically as enunciated by Sriman Mahaprabhu and the line of Srila Saraswati Thakura.

East did not mean a material place defined by boundaries on the globe called earth.

But what happened now. Blind West tries to teach everyone leading world to destruction.

The drug pusher has a product to sell. Is he responsible for someone buying it?

If the drugs were not wanted, there would be no drug dealer. There would be no profit in that business.

You use computers, cell phones, etc. etc. and then blame the “transnational corporations” for making a business selling them. Corporations make business and profits because people buy their products.

Why don’t you make the products yourself and give them away for free? Then you will completely destroy the transnational corporations. Alternatively, you can create propaganda that no one should buy these products. If you acquire a great number of followers you may be successful in putting an end to the businesses you hate. If you take the latter approach, I suggest you first stop using these technologies yourself, otherwise people may call you a hypocrite.

Everyone is promoting their own way of life, as you are promoting yours. You can stop the “blind West” in the way I am trying to stop it, by trying to direct one and all to the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna.

Service to the Supreme Lord automatically brings an end to all mundane interests and brings the practitioner to the highest state of relationship with Him. Let us preach that together and you will get everything you want.

You are American Sannyasi living in New York why you cannot approach UNO as did your Gurudev and my with peace formula? Were they spending their time uselessly? They prayed for peace and pleaded it formula to world leaders.

I don’t know what you are referring to. Can you be more specific?

By UNO do you mean the UN, the United Nations?

When my country is in bloodshed why you are devotees in your countries are silent?

Prabhu I am not so parochial as you; thinking so much about “my country” or “your country” or someone else’s country.

Your country is not the exclusive place of bloodshed in this world. There are so many severe cases, even far worse than Ukraine.

I cannot answer for why devotees in “my” country are silent, as you accuse them of being. I don’t know that they are silent. Mostly devotees are preaching, not silent.

I am preaching as far as I am able. I think that is all I should be expected to know.

You are my friends and you could believe me and could help me to stop civil war in Ukraine.

Prabhu, if I can stop it, you can stop it. Why don’t you do it?

You could approach UN, Obama, Congress, Cameron, Parliament with demand to stop sponsoring fratricide in Ukraine, stop giving loans to govt and army.

First you say Obama, etc., all the US, turns everything it touches into hell. When the govt. of Ukraine turns to the US for help you blaspheme both of them decrying them as monsters. Now you ask me to approach these monsters because you think they hold the key to ending the hell. I am very sure if I did exactly what you wanted, you would later accuse me of creating more hell by influencing the actions of these monsters. I do not see the sense in your request.

If you think you have the solution for all the problems of Ukraine, you can also approach these people. Why don’t you do it?

You can do kirtan in front of their office and attract their attention to your stand.

Prabhu, it is your stand. My stand is to attract attention to the service of Krishna, not to make Krishna my servant to accomplish some political purpose.

Devotees here are in danger, they are escaping from their homes.

Why are they in danger? For preaching and practicing Krishna Consciousness or because they are taking some political position?

Children and women are mercilessly killed by their own govt army and Nazi battalions.

Yes. Something similar used to happen in India. Women were forced into the funeral pyre of their husbands. The Indian government allowed it to go on, the demonic British put a stop to it. Maybe they can help you.

Your another Gurudev Sridhar Maharaj also said that in search for sadhu sanga we may need to leave from one country for another  meaning that one place differs from another.

What is your point?

There is truth and sincerity and hypocrisy and lies. SO what I see now that Western leaders lie and they are hypocrites killing innocent people world-wide.

I see the same with all governments, East, West and everywhere in between. If you don’t see it, your eyes must be closed.

You wanted to know my opinion on borders and once I explained you facts and history you say it is just hearsay

I read your opinion on borders, I did not see any authoritative references quoted, therefore I said it is hearsay. I don’t say it is all wrong, but I prefer to deal with documented evidence that can be objectively analyzed. I saw none.

Your opinion was clear, your facts were not.

and Nazis are not existing. As their crimes.

You say people say so many things. You read my letters, they are available to you. Why don’t you present the quotations of what I said, as I do with you?

Show me where I said “Nazis are not existing. As their crimes.” and the context for it.

There is a saying “If you only have a hammer, all you see is nails.” I don’t know what you have, but all you seem to see is Nazis.

I had sent you youtube movie of sincere speech of Putin explaining why Russia took Crimea. He cites many laws why it was lawful.

Then why don’t you cite these laws?

I don’t consider Putin an authority or sincere about anything except Putin, but then I don’t personally know him.

To be generous, I would also accept him as an authority on the KGB, spying, acquiring personal power and wealth, killing people surreptitiously, causing journalists to disappear, bullying (I’ve seen a video of that), etc., but I would not trust him to be truthful in talking about it.

So if you can do something to stop genocide in Ukraine by Nazis  please do it. I had seen early Back to Godheads of Swami Maharaj. He did not avoid hot issues of the day and suffering of mankind. He did not show indifference to it. He tried to advise people from spiritual view how to solve it.

Am I not doing the same?

Please meet Obama and ask him to be sincere and stop support of mad Nazis here.

Ask one Nazi to stop another Nazi? I think it will not be effective.

Why we cannot be friends with both US and Russia?

Yes, why do you try to erect a barrier between them?

As for myself, I am friends with both countries. I have visited Russia many times and hope to visit again as soon as possible. I love the people of Russia and have many friends there. I thought you knew that.

I want to be a friend of both countries by preaching the message of Sri Chaitanya. Actually, after the US, Russia and Ukraine are among the largest users of our website.

If you would like to further this friendship, would you like to help by translating some of our articles into Russian?

Does that not seem more practical and realistic than suggesting I meet with Pres. Obama with the expectation that I will change his mind about how he should behave with Ukraine?

Why US cannot be best friend of Russia?

A good step in that direction would be for Russia to leave Crimea and stop threatening Ukraine’s borders. It should then clearly respect the borders, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. Will Russia do that?

Why don’t you go to Putin and ask him to do this, as you have asked me to carry your message to Obama?

Why US cannot be best friend of Russia?

Because people like you do not see the equality of all jivas, so you preach hate towards one group on the basis of race and nationality and love towards another on the same basis.

In addition, you want the actions of both love and hate to be illustrated on the material platform, where such things are mundane and meaningless, rather than promoting service to Sri Krishna, on the spiritual plane, as the common thread of unity for all jivas.

Why US cannot be best friend of Russia?

People like you cannot live peacefully with others. You cannot share power with others. You want all the power in your hands because you believe you know what is best for everyone. Your enemies are everyone who disagrees with you, so you have many enemies.

Where there is peace, you create dissent by demanding that others “acclaim” and denounce the same demons you see. In this way, you insist that everyone see things through your eyes, rather than trusting them to see things through their own eyes.

You do not see the environment as friendly. Instead, you see enemies all around you.

In that situation how can there be peace?

We could just as well ask why the Kurus could not be best friends with the Pandavas. Answer: The Kurus wanted what was not rightfully theirs. Usurping the rights of the legal proprietors of the kingdom, they used force to get what they had no right to legally acquire. In doing this they did not care how many would be hurt or injured, widowed or orphaned.

The Kurus were lusty, which led to greed and anger. In anger they would do anything to get what they wanted.

Why US cannot be best friend of Russia?

Because that is the nature of the material world of exploitation. It is not Goloka, and the spiritual communism of Goloka will not find a home here, except to the extent that devotees like yourself earnestly strive to serve the darling of Mother Yashoda in the spiritual association of other devotees.

Together they could help the world to get peace.

No. They cannot. The do not know the formula for peace.

The formula for peace is Krishna Consciousness; to recognize Krishna as the only rightful proprietor of all things, including ourselves.

This formula resides only in the hearts of Krishna’s devotees, not in the halls of Congress, the Kremlin or any mundane institution.

You know this formula. Please try and forget all other formulas and use this formula to get the highest gift for yourself and others; the gift of Krishna prema, that is generously bestowed by our Lord and Master, Sri Chaitanya Deva.

Om tat sat! Om shanty om shanty om shanty!

I pray this finds you well in all respects.

Swami B.K. Giri

va-vid-varahostra-kharaih
samstutah purusah pasuh
na yat-karna-pathopeto

jatu nama gadagrajah

WORD-FOR-WORD MEANINGS

sva — a dog; vit-varaha — the village hog who eats stool; ustra — the camel; kharaih — and by the asses; samstutah — perfectly praised; purusah — a person; pasuh — animal; na — never; yat — of him; karna — ear; patha — path; upetah — reached; jatu — at any time; nama — the holy name; gadagrajah — Lord Krsna, the deliver from all evils.

TRANSLATION

Men who are like dogs, hogs, camels and asses praise those men who never listen to the transcendental pastimes of Lord Sri Krsna, the deliverer from evils.

PURPORT

The general mass of people, unless they are trained systematically for a higher standard of life in spiritual values, are no better than animals, and in this verse they have particularly been put on the level of dogs, hogs, camels and asses. Modern university education practically prepares one to acquire a doggish mentality with which to accept the service of a greater master. After finishing a so-called education, the so-called educated persons move like dogs from door to door with applications for some service, and mostly they are driven away, informed of no vacancy. As dogs are negligible animals and serve the master faithfully for bits of bread, a man serves a master faithfully without sufficient rewards.

Persons who have no discrimination in the matter of foodstuff and who eat all sorts of rubbish are compared to hogs. Hogs are very much attached to eating stools. So stool is a kind of foodstuff for a particular type of animal. And even stones are eatables for a particular type of animal or bird. But the human being is not meant for eating everything and anything; he is meant to eat grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, sugar, etc. Animal food is not meant for the human being. For chewing solid food, the human being has a particular type of teeth meant for cutting fruits and vegetables. The human being is endowed with two canine teeth as a concession for persons who will eat animal food at any cost. It is known to everyone that one man’s food is another man’s poison. Human beings are expected to accept the remnants of food offered to Lord Sri Krsna, and the Lord accepts foodstuff from the categories of leaves, flowers, fruits, etc. (Bg. 9.26). As prescribed by Vedic scriptures, no animal food is offered to the Lord. Therefore, a human being is meant to eat a particular type of food. He should not imitate the animals to derive so-called vitamin values. Therefore, a person who has no discrimination in regard to eating is compared to a hog.

The camel is a kind of animal that takes pleasure in eating thorns. A person who wants to enjoy family life or the worldly life of so-called enjoyment is compared to the camel. Materialistic life is full of thorns, and so one should live only by the prescribed method of Vedic regulations just to make the best use of a bad bargain. Life in the material world is maintained by sucking one’s own blood. The central point of attraction for material enjoyment is sex life. To enjoy sex life is to suck one’s own blood, and there is not much more to be explained in this connection. The camel also sucks its own blood while chewing thorny twigs. The thorns the camel eats cut the tongue of the camel, and so blood begins to flow within the camel’s mouth. The thorns, mixed with fresh blood, create a taste for the foolish camel, and so he enjoys the thorn-eating business with false pleasure. Similarly, the great business magnates, industrialists who work very hard to earn money by different ways and questionable means, eat the thorny results of their actions mixed with their own blood. Therefore the Bhagavatam has situated these diseased fellows along with the camels.

The ass is an animal who is celebrated as the greatest fool, even amongst the animals. The ass works very hard and carries burdens of the maximum weight without making profit for itself. Footnote. The ass is generally engaged by the washerman, whose social position is not very respectable. And the special qualification of the ass is that it is very much accustomed to being kicked by the opposite sex. When the ass begs for sexual intercourse, he is kicked by the fair sex, yet he still follows the female for such sexual pleasure. A henpecked man is compared, therefore, to the ass. The general mass of people work very hard, especially in the age of Kali. In this age the human being is actually engaged in the work of an ass, carrying heavy burdens and driving thela and rickshaws. The so-called advancement of human civilization has engaged a human being in the work of an ass. The laborers in great factories and workshops are also engaged in such burdensome work, and after working hard during the day, the poor laborer has to be again kicked by the fair sex, not only for sex enjoyment but also for so many household affairs.

So Srimad-Bhagavatam’s categorization of the common man without any spiritual enlightenment into the society of dogs, hogs, camels and asses is not at all an exaggeration. The leaders of such ignorant masses of people may feel very proud of being adored by such a number of dogs and hogs, but that is not very flattering. The Bhagavatam openly declares that although a person may be a great leader of such dogs and hogs disguised as men, if he has no taste for being enlightened in the science of Krsna, such a leader is also an animal and nothing more. He may be designated as a powerful, strong animal, or a big animal, but in the estimation of Srimad-Bhagavatam he is never given a place in the category of man, on account of his atheistic temperament. Or, in other words, such godless leaders of dogs and hoglike men are bigger animals with the qualities of animals in greater proportion. — SB 2.3.19

Adendum

Considering the chaotic condition of human society, if one actually wants peace and tranquillity, one must take to the Krsna consciousness movement and engage always in bhagavata-dharma. Engagement in bhagavata-dharma dissipates all ignorance and passion, and when ignorance and passion are dissipated one is freed from greed and lust. When freed from greed and lust, one becomes brahminically qualified, and when a brahminically qualified person makes further advancement, he becomes situated on the Vaisnava platform. It is only on this Vaisnava platform that it is possible to awaken one’s dormant love of Godhead, and as soon as one does so, his life is successful.

At present, human society is specifically cultivating the mode of ignorance (tamo-guna), although there may also be some symptoms of passion (rajo-guna). Full of kama and lobha, lust and greed, the entire population of the world consists mostly of sudras and a few vaisyas, and gradually it is coming about that there are sudras only. Communism is a movement of sudras, and capitalism is meant for vaisyas. In the fighting between these two factions, the sudras and vaisyas, gradually, due to the abominable condition of society, the communists will emerge triumphant, and as soon as this takes place, whatever is left of society will be ruined. The only possible remedy that can counteract the tendency toward communism is the Krsna consciousness movement, which can give even communists the real idea of communist society. According to the doctrine of communism, the state should be the proprietor of everything. But the Krsna consciousness movement, expanding this same idea, accepts God as the proprietor of everything. People cannot understand this because they have no sense of God, but the Krsna consciousness movement can help them to understand God and to understand that everything belongs to God. Since everything is the property of God, and all living entities — not only human beings but even animals, birds, plants and so on — are children of God, everyone has the right to live at the cost of God with God consciousness. This is the sum and substance of the Krsna consciousness movement.

Srila A.C. Bhaktivednata Swami, Caitanya Caritamrita Adi Lila 8.20

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