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Terror

Friday, 28 November 2008 / Published in Blog thoughts / 3,285 views

Jagabandhu das: Terrorism is bullyism. And I have always disliked the basic cowardice of bullies. Since I was a small child I have always stood against their gutless tyranny against vulnerable people. Gutless, because they lack the courage to really stand up for their own beliefs, without violence or intimidation. This would of course include all variety of philosophical tyranny. Terrorists of all types are generally so cowardly they don’t even have the spinefulness to stand up and directly profess specific disagreement with the presumed particular persons objectified by their murderous dissatisfaction, without violence. In fact, they don’t even really believe enough in their own reputed cause to stand up for their own essential ideals, without violence (or tyranny.) Therefore, terrorists are basically cowards and bullies.

Never mind theoretical perfection of all the ‘right’ arguments. If I really believe in something, my own conviction will be the only persuasion necessary (even if it’s the wrong idea). And I won’t be reading from a script when I introduce the ‘opposition’ to my preferred subjective ideology. My own enthusiasm fueled by earnest realization will, in fact, be electrifying and dynamically contagious.

If I have a problem regarding the way my “people” are being abused or mistreated, by bureaucratic institutions or corrupt regimes, there are far better ways than violence of bringing this injustice to the attention of all good people of this fair planet. And it is the attention of the good people whom we want. For our benefit, and the benefit of all others.

Students of Early American History may remember Thomas Paine’s courageous realization that “…the pen was mightier than the sword.” That is, Words, and Ideas; are more powerful than weapons. Weapons cannot kill, or even deter the spirit of History’s Truly Greatest Ideas which have genuinely inspired the actual cultivation of all that was best, most noble and self-sacrificing in Man, in all cultures, for all time.

Such conviction in Ideals, is bullet-proof, and bomb-proof. Like the inevitable deathlessness of the soul itself, it’s spirit cannot be ‘killed’ by the mere physical violence subscribed to by superficial believers in their cowardly and feeble attempt to bring attention and influence to their ostensible cause, or by the oppressive tyranny of corrupt regimes.

How much do I really believe in my highest ideal? Do I believe in it enough that I feel no need to cajole, coerce, intimidate or otherwise terrorize others (with either mental or physical violence) into surrendering to my perspective? Will I continue to believe in it, even if all the rest of the world apparently does not? If not, maybe I really don’t believe in it, at all.

Humbly,

Jagabandhu das

6 comments

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    Akruranatha ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dear Shri Ram,

    I have never been to Dubai but I know there are gatherings of ISKCON devotees there with kirtans and prasadam and discussions of Prabhupada’s books.

    I know several devotees who told me they were visiting the devotees in Dubai on their tours. So I am sure there are at least some regular gatherings and groups of ISKCON devotees there.

    I will make inquiries and try to get you addresses and phone numbers so you can attend some of those programs.

    You can reach me at bernsteinlaw@earthlink.net

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    shriram ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hari Bhol,
    My name is Shri Ram Chauhan from India working in Dubai in Accounts Dept. in a Trading Co. Timings of office are pathetic and unable to give time for myself but now i do not want to be in dark, light of Lord Krishna is rising in me for past 12 days (I am a new Bhakt) and want to have a proper sources to proceed for new sunlight. I want to serve for Lord Krishna in Dubai but there is not ISKCON Temple.
    I do not want to walk but want to run to achieve spiritual and science knowledge of Bhagwat Gita and want to spread Krishna consciousness in whole world to the people who are unknown about the facts of life. Help me how should i proceed ahead

    BELIEFS IN GOD IS A CREATIVITY IN HUMANS BEING. I BELIEFS IN GOD AND ALONG WITH IT COMPLETING MY RESPONSIBILITY OF FAMILY & WORK WITH POWER GIVEN BY GOD. AS WE ARE LOST IN THIS ARTIFICIAL WORLD, GOD IS BEING REMEMBER ONLY IN PROBLEMS. UNABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE RIGHT & WRONG PATH AND GET MISGUIDED. THE BEST REASON TO JOINED IS TO GET LIGHT IN LIFE TO KNOW WHERE ARE WE AND AT THE END OF LIFE WHAT WILL BE WITH US. THE FINAL AIM IS TO ACHIEVE MOKSHA AND NOT MATERIALISTIC THINGS.

    Hare Krishna to All of You with Blessing from Lord Krishna.
    Shri Ram

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    pustakrishna ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Our problem is that we cannot be all things to all people. We understand…catur varnyam maya sristam…Krishna has created the divisions of occupation in human society. So we cannot tolerate when Shudras act as Brahmanas, and we cannot expect Brahmanas to perform the functions of Ksatriyas. It is the Ksatriyas’ responsibility to defend the innocent of all classes of society. Thus, when we see people protesting the activities of the military, we have to consider the over-riding role of the Ksatriyas to the rest of society.
    Now, as we have seen repeatedly in history, a strong military is important for the protection and prosperity of a society. We need our military to carry “the big stick” and allow them to perform their duties undeterred by shudra-resentment (a term of Nietzche) or brahmanical goodness. Hare Krishna.
    Pusta Krishna das

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    jagabandhu dasa ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dandavatts Radhavallabha Prabhu!

    Hari! Hari! Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga Jayate! All Glory to Srila Prabhupada!

    Many thanks for your kind words of encouragement upon this lowly soul! Any and all credit must go to my Teachers, Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga! And to the good influence which the Vaishnavas have mercifully showered upon my hard heart. May I at least not become a burden to Them or a cause for dishonor. Or a trouble to others.

    Humbly,

    Jagabandhu das

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