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Srila Prabhupada on the secret policy of British to cut down Vedic civilization

Friday, 12 July 2013 / Published in Articles / 4,877 views


By Rasamanjari Devi dasi

Srila Prabhupada exposes the secret policy of the British to cut down Vedic civilization in India through a letter to Gour Govinda Swami
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Letter to: Gaura Govinda

Vrindaban
18 September, 1976
76-09-18

Bhuvaneśvara
My Dear Gaura Govinda Maharaja,
Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated September 11, 1976 and have noted the contents with care.
In answer to your question as to why the Indian population is so slack in spiritual life: during the British rule there was a secret policy by the British to cut down the Vedic civilization in India. There was a confidential policy by the British government to kill India’s original culture and everything Indian was condemned. From the very beginning they took this position. In our childhood and boyhood we had to read some book by a Mr. Ghose called, “England’s Work in India”. The purport was that we are uncivilized and the British had come to make us civilized. Later on the policy became successful because in our childhood days any anglicised gentleman was considered to be advanced in civilization.
In Calcutta the Chowringhee quarters were known as the English quarters and the neighborhood places were maintained very nicely. The Indian quarters were known as native quarters therefore even in our own city there was such a division as English quarters and native quarters. Anyway this policy became successful when our leaders took them as fact. Mahatma Gandhi wanted to refute this white prestigious position but he also failed because he did not understand spiritual culture or God consciousness. During the Moslem time, although sometimes fanatically, there were some cases of breaking the temple, but there was no such policy to kill the Indian culture. On account of this during the Moslem period even during the time of Aurangazeb there were Indian Princes and political leaders like Sivaji and Jaya Singh.
So it is a long process how Indians, especially educated Indians, have become victimized by the slowly deteriorating position of Indian culture, but there is no use tracing out the history but generally we have lost our own culture and our leaders are not very serious to revive our own culture to the point. But still the mass of people, not being very much advanced in education, stick to the Indian culture. For example, lakhs of people still visit Jagannatha Puri during the Rathayatra Festival, lakhs still visit the Kumbha mela, and lakhs still visit the holy places of India, but there is no encouragement by the leaders. It is only a continuation of the original culture.
So there is no hopelessness; if we revive Krishna consciousness in a systematic way, within a very short time we can revive our original Indian culture on the basis of the teachings of Lord Krishna and the Bhagavad-gita. So we have to work very hard for this purpose and if you follow the path of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, it will be very easily done.
Arrange for printing the books. We shall supply paper that we have now got from the government. But without the paper you can take estimates from the printers to find the cheapest. I hope this meets you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
n.b.—I have three questions: I may come there by the middle of October, what is the climate like? I have heard that there is a famous fountain there whose waters are very digestive for people who are sick and it is a good tonic, is this true, do you know of this? Did you register the lands, complete the forms?
ACBS/hs

12 comments

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    Visakha Priya dasi ( User Karma: 4 ) says:

    Sadhu! Sadhu! Thank you for your clear-headed thinking. All glories to sanatana-dharma, the eternal constitutional position of the soul!

    Your servant,
    Visakha Priya dasi

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    pustakrishna ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    In a general way, there is a way to find something positive regarding those who are “anti” to your proposal, in this case, Vedic culture in general. Of course, keep in mind that Vedic culture has had many challenges to it even before the British presence in India. This is the Kali-yuga.

    In the BIble, it is said that it is better to be against the divine teachings than to be indifferent altogether. At least some “passion” might arise to the idea confronting them. The dialectic principle is that there is a Thesis, and there will be an Anti-thesis. After these work their way through, there will be a new Synthesis…which will then become the new Thesis that must be challenged. This is the way of this world.

    Thus, although there appears to be a rigid ideal or beacon in the form of Varnashrama Dharma, then challenges will come that will challenge this Thesis and so it will transform in ways that bring the effects of time and circumstance into play. Even during the time of our Srila Prabhupad, we have seen that he made adjustments to the culture to accommodate the new western Vaishnavas, and he followed the principles of Sanatan-dharma. He astounded the conservative Gaudiya Vaishnavas at first. It took a good deal of time for them to warm up to Srila Prabhupad’s movement and disciples. We have seen that even the Vaishnavas can be guilty of caste-consciousness, desiring a born brahmana to lead them rather than one born outside the culture who is converted to Vaishnavism. These issues bring up the concept of Thesis then Antithesis, then new Synthesis which again will be challenged. Thus, the key, in my humble opinion, is to remain fixed on the beacon of Sanatan-dharma rather than external forms of culture which, as we have seen, must and will change and transform. But, Sanatan-dharma, the soul as eternal servant of the Supreme Lord, will never change.

    I thus suggest we take a more measured view of change and even of being challenged. There may be some good that comes out of this. For instance, seeing the growing acceptance that those who have become converts to Vaishnavism, we might also hope that in India, people will take a different view of those born outside of the Vaishnava fold having acceptance into the family of Lord Chaitanya. Otherwise, our Nama-acharya, Haridas Thakur, who was born into a Mohammedan family, would never have been accepted. Indeed, he was so highly favored by Lord Chaitanya as we all know.

    Pusta Krishna das

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    rasamanjari ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    REAL MEANING OF BRITISH ARISTOCRACY

    “British Empire means bring money, hook or crook, in London, and you get the title, “lord,” “baron,” this… This was their policy. “Sir.” All hooligans, thieves, rogues, they were made big, big respectable people. A deposit in the government, this lord family means they have to deposit, say, ten million pounds, like that, and the government takes that money as fixed deposit, and the interest the family will maintain the aristocracy. This is the lord’s family. Some way or other you deposit ten million pounds and your family becomes lord’s family. So people become mad after money, somehow or other bring money. There was no other culture. In order to introduce their Manchester cloth, how they killed the home industry of India, cloth merchant, this weaver… Just like we are trying. It is very long time, this, the handloom. They cut the finger.”

    —Srila Prabhupada, Conversation, June 17, 1976, Toronto

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    Akruranatha ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    While Srila Prabhupada’s observations about British Imperialism are undoubtedly true, the “quotation” from Lord Macaulay’s address to British Parliament, though often circulated in Hindu Nationalist publications, is not an accurate quotation (nor did Macaulay actually address Parliament on that day).

    See: http://sundayposts.blogspot.com/2008/01/lord-macaulays-quote-on-india.html

    I do not want the discussion of the inaccuracy of the quotation to unduly distract from discussion of the conspiracy of attitudes of British cultural superiority. However, by publishing an inaccurate quotation, we will invite such a distraction. It is better to stick with the true facts and not get distracted by the doctored quotation.

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    Akruranatha ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The more accurate statements of Macaulay to Parliament (on 10th of July) and in a minute on education written on the day of the supposed quotation (2nd of February) can be seen here:

    http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1833macaulay-india.asp

    Lord Macaulay certainly had his prejudices (he admits that he knows no Arabic or Sanskrt, and yet he is convinced based on his survey of some translations that the literature in those languages is far inferior to British literature and European culture generally.)

    However, it serves no good purpose to put words in his mouth which he never spoke, or to suggest he addressed Parliament on a day when he was not present.

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    Shyamasundara Dasa ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I have absolutely no doubts that, as Srila Prabhupada says, the British used psychological warfare to subvert Indian culture. There is abundant proof of this if one does proper research.

    However, this article is prefaced by a spurious quote by Lord Macaulay. I say spurious because it never happened, it is a hoax that has been floating around the internet for years. For example he was not in Britain but in India during that time, and India was already a subjugated nation not one needing to be conquered.

    For more details see http://historydetox.com/the-macaulay-fraud/

    You could also search for the string “”I have travelled across the length and breadth of India” on your favorite search engine and see what comes up in the SERPs.

    dasa dasa anu dasa

    Shyamasundara Dasa (ACBSP)

    krsne matirastu

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    rasamanjari ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hare Krishna. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

    Dear Devotees,

    I had no idea there was a question about Macaulay’s Address. The truth, however, will remain a question in my mind as long those in power twist history to suit their own agendas.

    Indians and those who love India share this quote attributed to Macaulay for the reason that it confirms the suspicions of millions (and statement of His Divine Grace Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada) that the destruction of India’s Vedic culture is a secret ploy of the British.

    The Macaulay statement is true–from the introductory mention of the wonder that was India, to the replacing of the education system; making Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good. “The purport was that we are uncivilized and the British had come to make us civilized. Later on the policy became successful because in our childhood days any anglicized gentleman was considered to be advanced in civilization.”–Srila Prabhupada.

    Even if Macaulay did not write it, and nobody actually spoke it, even IF it was created by the victims of the British to bring attention to the lamentable situation, why endeavor to discredit it? We are not quoting Sri Guru Acaryas here. Certainly the British are past-masters of false propaganda combined with sinister motives against India and the world. But, let one world against them be (possibly) incorrectly attributed, and see who comes out of the woodwork to complain.

    Why is no one making the endeavor to enhance Srila Prabhupada’s assertion by quoting from Ghose’s “England’s Work in India’’ instead of getting Macaulay (and the British, by association ) off the hook? I find this effort to be remarkable, something like responses to claims of Jewish involvement (banksters, and mind-control media) in the NWO, to consist of accusing those who are noticing this, of being “anti-semitic!”.

    In fact, Macaulay himself is not innocent of being a partner to the crime. Three paragraphs from “The Macaulay Fraud”:

    Regarding Macaulay: “He was certainly prepared to dismiss and denigrate Indian culture, literature and philosophy, and was quite bigoted on the subject. He had nothing but contempt for ancient, oriental wisdom, which he considered to be obscurantist poppycock.”
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    rasamanjari ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “the best evidence his detractors can produce for Macaulay’s alleged Christian enthusiasm is one sentence from one letter he wrote to his father, from India, expressing the hope that idolatry in India would fade away within thirty years. But the means he expected to accomplish this was the arrival of Western science and English literature, not deliberate attempts at conversion.”

    “If these words were spoken by someone else, in some other place, then we need to be told by whom and where. They have nothing whatsoever to do with Macaulay, nor do they accurately represent British education policy of 1835.”

    Let supporters of Macaulay and British secret policy search out the source of this damning quote if it bothers them so much. One can judge by the current result exactly what British education policy of 1835 was. The book Srila Prabhupada refers to as being required reading by Indian school children was published in 1911, so obviously they did not consider their work finished, 76 years later.

    Subjugation is one topic and conquered is another topic as explained by Srila Prabhupada comparing the result of the Moslem occupation with British policy: “During the Moslem time, although sometimes fanatically, there were some cases of breaking the temple, but THERE WAS NO SUCH POLICY TO KILL THE INDIAN CULTURE. On account of this during the Moslem period even during the time of Aurangazeb there were Indian Princes and political leaders like Sivaji and Jaya Singh.”

    Please forgive me for adding a questionable quote to Srila Prabhupada’s wonderful letter. The real and final authority in this matter is His Divine Grace Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada–“In answer to your question as to why the Indian population is so slack in spiritual life: during the British rule there was a secret policy by the British to cut down the Vedic civilization in India. There was a confidential policy by the British government to kill India’s original culture and everything Indian was condemned. From the VERY BEGINNING they took this position.”

    Hare Krishna.

    His Divine Grace Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada ki jaya.
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    Akruranatha ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “Even if Macaulay did not write it, and nobody actually spoke it, even IF it was created by the victims of the British to bring attention to the lamentable situation, why endeavor to discredit it?”

    Um… because truthfulness is good and spreading falsehoods is bad? Do we need any better reason than that?

    Victims of British imperialism do not need to stoop to inventing falsehoods to support their position. The actual statements of Macauley are bad enough. The actual evidence of British arrogance and disrespect for Vedic culture is overwhelming.

    If you knowingly pass along that which is false as true, you not only commit sin of lying (“satyam” is one of the austerities of speech listed in B.G. 17.15), but you also lose credibility and therefore do more harm than good to your cause.

    Truthfulness is the last leg of dharma remaining in Kali yuga, and it seems to be a very wobbly leg at present. The internet especially is a “devil’s playground” for all kinds of rumors and hoaxes to proliferate out of control without any accountability. Devotees should be aware of this and avoid the tendency to repeat falsehoods.

    Kali yuga personified wants to undermine the sankirtan movement. To do so, he is always trying to foment quarrels between the preachers of the holy names. We do not have a professional class of devotee journalists or historical fact-checkers, and it is easy for quarrels to arise when devotees are accustomed to repeating rumors and thinking the worst about each other.

    To check this tendency, it is a good idea for devotees to become very scrupulous about the factual accuracy of quotations. It is easy for someone to take something a devotee (or Srila Prabhupada) said, put it in a different context, spin it a little differently, and create a rumor which gets perpetuated throughout our society. We should stop this tendency.

    Now you may ask, we should be careful not to spread rumors about devotees, but why should some bigoted British Lord be protected from being the butt of an internet slander campaign? He deserves to be blamed, so why not blame him with falsely attributed statements?

    The answer (I guess I am repeating myself) is that by doing so one not only destroys one’s own credibility but also undermines one’s own moral integrity as a lover of truth and an opponent of falsehood. Do we need any further answer than that?

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    Kulapavana ( User Karma: -8 ) says:

    How could Macaulay have said that in the British parliament in 1835 if he left for India in 1834, and did not return to England until 1838? Perhaps another example of overzealous people inventing ‘facts’ to support their favorite theory. I would say that Indians, just like most other people, love to blame others for their own failures.
    Of course it is true that British rule in India had cultural consequences for the Indian people. Some of these consequences related to the increase in Christianization of the Indian people, but it was not done by force. British promoted their own vision of culture and progress, and some people in India accepted it willingly, while others rejected it. Some people in India maintained their spirituality better than others, which is quite visible in the contrast between South India and North India. And that division seems to have little to do with British rule.
    Lack of respect for the Vedic culture among the British was a historical fact, just like today in the West our Krishna Consciousness culture is also not being respected by the locals. Still, that lack of respect is not an excuse for us to give up what we know is good and valuable in our spiritual practices.
    I chose to focus on the following Srila Prabhupada quote from this letter: “So it is a long process how Indians, especially educated Indians, have become victimized by the slowly deteriorating position of Indian culture, but there is no use tracing out the history but generally we have lost our own culture and our leaders are not very serious to revive our own culture to the point. But still the mass of people, not being very much advanced in education, stick to the Indian culture. “

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    rasamanjari ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “We Produce Vaisnava Heroes”–His Divine Grace Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.
    tags: conspiracy, protest, police government, real duty of GBC

    http://www.prabhupadavani.org/…..MW052.html

    Few excerpts:

    “Prabhupada: .. And if we simply cede, then there is no future hope of this movement. Better, in spite of their “No” order, we shall take the….Yes. And let them be arrested. That is the real thing.”

    “Prabhupada: Protest meeting must be there. How to organize? At least, a protest meeting should be done in such a way that the whole world may know that the British Government stopped the yearly Ratha-yatra ceremony of the Hindus. That should be organized. What can be done? You are not very strong GBC’s. There must be vehement protest meeting.
Bali Mardana: They can protest in front of Downing Street, in front of the Prime Minister’s residence.
Prabhupada: Yes, protest meeting, go on, organize. Go, all of you”

    “Prabhupada: That means there is conspiracy. So we should be politicians also [break] …somebody protested that “Your Krsna consciousness movement makes the people dull.” And now, you have not seen the Vaisnava. There was two fight in the Indian history. One is Rama and Ravana, and one is Kuruksetra. And the hero is Vaisnava. We are going to produce such Vaisnavas, not these dull rascals, sitting down. We don’t want these Vaisnavas, sitting down rascals. We want Arjuna or we want no one. That is Vaisnava. That is wanted.”

    “Prabhupada: Politics, diplomacy, fraud, cheating. These things are the general qualification of the western people. Do you admit or not?
Devotees: Yes.
Prabhupada: If they are, these things come within our movement, then it will not be succesful. Tat-paratvena nirmalam [Cc. Madhya 19.170]. One has to become purified. Even sometimes we have to take… But that is for Krsna’s. There must be now checking that all these rascals may not join and spoil the movement. You should not admit
    
Bali Mardana: Yes.

    Prabhupada: They can come and go.
Bali Mardana: We should not make a haven for rascals
    Prabhupada: Eh?

    Bali Mardana: We should not create a haven for rascals.

    Prabhupada: Yes. So how it will be done unless you GBC members become very strong and with good brain? Now, first of all save this situation. ”

    “Prabhupada:…And even somehow or other, he goes out, then he should not be allowed strictly either in our, this temple or that temple.
..
    
Prabhupada: Let him go to to hell.”

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    Shyamasundara Dasa ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I have to agree with Akruranatha. There is already so much obvious evidence of British mischief in India that there is no need to invent and fabricate evidence. To do so is a combination of intellectual dishonesty and tactical stupidity. To present false statements as truth simply gives your opponents ammunition to use against you and divert attention from actual facts. Just stick to known facts especially in this case when there are truckloads of facts to substantiate the British strategy to subvert India. As Benjamin Franklin would say “Honesty is the best policy.”

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