Our Petition!

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By Sivarama Swami

Dear Devotees.

The new “Church Law” in Hungary will take away ISKCON Hungary’s church status as of January 1st requiring us to re-apply for the same next year.

However the government has not provided any legal stipulation for the society’s continued ownership of Krsna Valley’s lands in the interim period until we are again re-registered. In short we risk losing Krsna Valley with no pasture for our cows or land to grow our food. I therefore request that you sign the online petition-link below and forward this message to as many people who would also petition against this injustice.

Thank you. Sivarama Swami.

Link for online petition: http://www.peticiok.com/krisna

What does it exactly mean when we say that Krishna Valley’s pastures and cows are in danger? (Click on the arrow below to listen to the audio file)

Beginning our “Sir, where can we graze here?” campaign
(Click on the arrow below to listen to the audio file)

Above: “Rudolph, you have nothing to complain about. You are much luckier than the Hare Krishna`s cows”: cartoon in a national Hungarian newspaper on December 5th

Responses to “Our Petition!” so far (http://www.sivaramaswami.com/en/2011/12/04/our-petition/)

dhirabhakta says:
December 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Hare Krishna
Please accept my humble obeisance
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada

Thank-you for keeping us up to date on the situation, I have sent it out as a tweet as use of social media will help
However I cannot find the United Kingdom in the drop-down menu so couldn’t complete it myself, can it be added?
Ys Dhirabhakta Dasa
David George says:
December 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Please allow The Hare Krishna movement to keep there farm
Premavati says:
December 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm

The petition is only in hungarian, make it very difficult to sign it or make others to sign it. Is there anything we can do about it ?
Iliev, Nikolay Tonev says:
December 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

DOSIEAH sandeep says:
December 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm

The hare krsna people are only promoting love and peace in this world.. please do not impede this movement by snatching their valley away.
Caitanya Dasi says:
December 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Please do not take away the Krishna Valley’s Lands, as this is a wonderful facility for grazing cows and growing food.

Helping others is the way to heal our planet.
Charles Henderson says:
December 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm

This ancient tradition should not be restricted in the manner this law will impose.
Premavati says:
December 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

sorry.. i just found the english petion at this http://www.petitions24.com/krisna
Michael Darren says:
December 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm

To The Hungarian Government,
I am truly disturbed to learn about the new “Church Law” that will take effect soon in your country. As I understand it, this law will virtualy impose persecution for the followers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also known as the Hare Krishna movement. This is totally unacceptable behavior for any government, particularly in the name of religion as it is a betrayal of the uplifting values of any civilized society. The teachings of the Hare Krishna society are timeless, and they are recognized as genuinely authoritative by some of the most respected names in the world of politics and science, as well as in theological and religious circles world wide.

As leaders of a country that has a history of cultural wealth of its own it behooves you to make the proper adjustments to your policies regarding the religious practices of the Hare Krishna faith. Such a correction will serve the spiritual interests, peace and well being of not only your own country, but for all of humanity at large To neglect to do so constitutes religious discrimination and will result as a great disservice to both your own country, thus becoming an embarrassment to a country that is supposed to take great pride in its history or rich culture.
David V. Jakupko says:
December 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm

The Hungarian devotees in Krsna Valley have proven that their lifestyle and practices are a benefit to the Hungarian people in general. What is the need for re-registration of their organization every year? It appears to simply be harassment. Let these peace-loving, intelligent people practice their faith and let them share it with others. They are only a benefit for your country.
rakesh sookeera says:
December 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm

please dont have the land at the hare krishna valley… please protect our cows …
Madhavi L. says:
December 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Krsna Valley is very special, we are all praying to Radhe Shyam for its safety!!
dario bujas says:
December 4, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Reverend Albert Lange says:
December 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm

As a minister of religion and general secretary of the Hindu Community Council of Victoria here in Australia, I feel that the greatest welfare work and genuine spiritual practices are performed by the members of the Hare Krishna Movement worldwide.
Especially so the members of the Krsna Valley property in Hungary which is a part of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness which is now recognized and respected as being the international leading Vaisnava Hindu religion.
As such our organization and myself support the petition to re-register Krsna Valley with Church status in Hungary.
Dhira Dasa says:
December 5, 2011 at 12:19 am

Please allow the good work of the Hare Krsna community in Krsna Valley to continue. They are doing the highest welfare work for human society and are setting the ideal example of “simple living and high thinking.” Our status as a bona fide religion is well accepted and documented throughout the world. Kindly do not discriminate against these devotees who are fully engaged for the benefit of all human society.
Tulasi Manjari Vazquez says:
December 5, 2011 at 12:45 am

From my heart I really hope all this issue end with the right justice. Best regards and all my support.
Serguei Levykin says:
December 5, 2011 at 12:54 am

Please let Krishna devotees stay on the land that they have cultivated so well for many years now. They have built a community based on the principles that are good for the whole of humanity. I hope you can allow them to continue serving the people of Hungary while utilising the same location.
Marc Gauthier says:
December 5, 2011 at 3:13 am

It is completely unacceptable that the government officials, who are supposed to see to the welfare of the people, allow themselves to change laws at their own whims, apparently to serve their own interests, or the interests of some other influential party, and against the interests of the general public. The world economy is quite unstable at the moment and it does not show any signs of improvement for the near future. Therefore, projects like Krishna Valley are of crucial importance for the general public since it shows a practical example of a simple and dependable way to insure the sustenance of one’s family and one’s community, while being minimally affected by the ups and downs of the unreliable world economy. Therefore I urge you to either reject the new “Church law” or to amend it in such a way that will NOT affect the already established Church status of ISKCON Hungary. It is the government’s duty to protect the people and to help organizations that do good to the public. So ISKCON Hungary should be helped in its mission, not harassed by new laws that serve the interests of only a few.
sandra says:
December 5, 2011 at 4:52 am

please dont do that
viml kunda das says:
December 5, 2011 at 6:59 am

From Stephen Knapp “The new “Church Law” in Hungary will take away ISKCON Hungary’s church status as of January 1st requiring us to reapply for the same next year. However the government has not provided any legal stipulation for the society’s continued ownership of Krsna Valley’s lands in the interim period un’til we are again reregistered. In short we risk losing Krsna Valley with no pasture for our cows or land to grow our food. I therefore request that you sign the online petition‚ÄĒlink below‚ÄĒand forward this message to as many people as possible who would also petition against this injustice.”
Vrajesvari dasi says:
December 5, 2011 at 7:01 am

Please do not take away the Iskcon Hungary’s church status. They are doing so many welfare activities for benefit of everybody.
Tsevelmaa says:
December 5, 2011 at 7:03 am

Hare Krishna! Cow is great creature, let them live peaceful
Diana Cupp says:
December 5, 2011 at 9:35 am

Please grant legal protection to the Hare Krishna Land and the people who live there. Thank you
Diana Cupp says:
December 5, 2011 at 9:37 am

Please grant legal protection to this land for the Hare Krishna’s. Thank you, Diana Cupp
Timofejevs Jurijs says:
December 5, 2011 at 9:46 am

My opinion that projekt of Krishna Valley,s land is very important for worlds peace and prosperity
Angela Aery says:
December 5, 2011 at 9:48 am

Krsna Valley for years has been doing priceless service to the Hungarian community at large.
I appeal Please do not do this injustice to them.

yrs Sincerely
Angela Aery
Danny dela Paz says:
December 5, 2011 at 10:12 am

I’m fully supported this petition!! God bless !
Andrey Rudenko says:
December 5, 2011 at 11:27 am

Save Krishna Valley!
Vaida says:
December 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm

jay ISCON in Hungary!!!
Bhakta Haridas(HDG) Clazildo Mello says:
December 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Todas as glórias a Sri Sri Gaura Nitai!
Todas as glórias a Sril Prabhupada!
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1 Unregistered

While the whole world is being torn apart by terrorism, chaos, rebellions, mass murder and economic troubles, communities like this are trying to impart hope into the otherwise dejected humankind by promoting hope, tranquility and self sustainability. Is this how the government wants to ‘reward’ a peaceful group?
Dear Govt of Hungary, plz change/review your stand and help instill faith in mankind.

Comment posted by bhakti on December 12th, 2011
2 Unregistered

ISKCON devotees should realize that the world in which ISKCON operates is still a very divided world. What ISKCON Hungary is going through is not a surprise at all. Hungary is a former communist country but its political leaders, it seems, still have the flavor of communism by resorting to the “rule of man” rather than the “rule of law,” in dealing with the ISKCON there.

Those of us who were born and raised in the West (Western world) should be grateful that, at least, we enjoy freedom of religion that enables to spread Gaudiya Vaishnavism, under the spiritual leadership of HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Once again, another Eastern European nation has displays its true colors. We can only hope that they will reconsider their medieval mentality and speed up their cultural growth to come attuned to the 21st century.

Hare Krishna.
Yugala Kishor dasa
Alachua, FL

Comment posted by Yugal Kishor Dasa on December 15th, 2011
3 pustakrishna

Recently, a candidate for the position of President of the United States quoted from the Declaration of Independence, written by the founders of the early democracy. Therein, it is said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident…that the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…are God-given rights”. They are not “government-given” rights. If they are granted by a government, then they can be withdrawn by a government. No! They are God-given rights. It is the duty of the government to therefore protect these individual liberties, so long as they do not hurt anyone. Indeed, such governments must be looked upon as being especially blessed by God.
Therefore, it is important for the local government in Hungary to protect the individual and collective rights of the Krishna devotees. The Hungarian government knows all too well how horrible it is to have a government impose its tyrannical rule over them. This happened during the time of the Soviet Union. We must therefore hope that they will now treat others as they would like to be treated. The Golden Rule. We hope that governments will be led by enlightened leaders who can see the importance of getting fresh ideas of how to live God-centered lives. Time will pass each of us over, but God is watching and giving each of us an opportunity to serve Him by helping those who are trying to become closer to Him.

Pusta Krishna das, physician and devotee

Comment posted by pustakrishna on February 12th, 2012

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