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Apocalypse NOW!

Sunday, 22 February 2009 / Published in Articles / 2,693 views

By Jagabandhu das


NEW YORK (Reuters) – Renowned investor George Soros said on Friday the world financial system has effectively disintegrated, adding that there is yet no prospect of a near-term resolution to the crisis.

Soros said the turbulence is actually more severe than during the Great Depression, comparing the current situation to the demise of the Soviet Union.

He said the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in September marked a turning point in the functioning of the market system.

“We witnessed the collapse of the financial system,” Soros said at a Columbia University dinner. “It was placed on life support, and it’s still on life support. There’s no sign that we are anywhere near a bottom.”

His comments echoed those made earlier at the same conference by Paul Volcker, a former Federal Reserve chairman who is now a top adviser to President Barack Obama.

Volcker said industrial production around the world was declining even more rapidly than in the United States, which is itself under severe strain.

“I don’t remember any time, maybe even in the Great Depression, when things went down quite so fast, quite so uniformly around the world,” Volcker said.

(Reporting by Pedro Nicolaci da Costa and Juan Lagorio; Editing by Gary Hill)
Srila Prabhupada’s vision of Varnashram-dharma/self-sufficient farm communities has never been more pertinent. Money may not be worth the paper it’s printed on. As if giving opportunity for a new economic system to spring up like a phoenix from the ashes of utter economic collapse. One based on land and cows. And honesty & integrity. With economic exploitation minimized not by government mandate/intervention but rather by individually awakened spiritual conscience and genuinely compassionate concern for the world around us.
I don’t live my life as an alarmist but I think I’ll be putting in a vegetable garden this spring. And feeding the hungry where I live, starting with the local senior citizens center in Fort White. At least. I’m glad to live right across the street from a spring fed river in case I don’t have the electricity required (when the power grid dies) to run the electric pump on my well. Although apparently my four inch well (which can irrigate ten acres) can be retrofitted with a hand-pump. And we can cook just fine over an open fire (so long as we still have food to cook and wood for fuel) as we learned in the hurricane season of 2004. 
In the 80s, after “Hands Across America/USA for Africa,” my wife and I became very involved in feeding the poor and homeless in downtown Oakland, California/USA: doing all the collecting/cooking/serving/cleaning while living in a tiny studio apartment. We’d spend all morning at the local driver’s license bureau with our handwritten photocopied fliers raising a dollar at a time before we took our collection to buy beans and produce to take home for preparation in our ancient Saab (which eventually became an ancient Peugeot). For nearly two years we were allowed by God’s Grace to feed an average of a hundred people a night, seven days a week before Providence made other arrangements. Our good friend Gurudas eventually filmed us for a San Francisco Bay area public television special on homelessness. In the late 90s, we did a similar program in Gainesville, FL/USA. During the time the Lord allowed us to do this service we learned many things about compassion. Along with learning to respect the inherent dignity innate within all souls. Regardless of how materially down and out they might appear. As we kneeled before them serving them anand/kichuri from our five gallon buckets assuring each that they were “very welcome” as they thanked us, we could feel that in some measure their despair was relieved and their greatly diminished self-esteem restored.
It seems to me that Srila Prabhupada’s own vision of massive prasadam distribution is now extremely timely as the entire world marches towards total economic collapse, famine and starvation thereby giving previously unseen opportunities for his real followers to at long last redeem their unfortunately less than flattering public impression (as perceived in America at least). The devotees would become known as heroes to the masses who they work hard to save from the brink of starvation. “I really like them Hairy Krishna people. Cuz of them my family didn’t starve. Don’t know what we woulda dun without em.” The atmasphere would be filled with the people in general praising the “Krishna’s” for their selfless efforts on behalf of God, Guru and all humanity. And the temples would erupt like golden volcanoes of prasadam showering profuse blessings on all the lands for everyone’s real benefit. At last.
What follows is an excerpt from a letter by His Divine Grace which to me at least addresses his real vision for his temples and Who it is that really manages temples that are true to such an extremely vast conception of Divine Mercy, while also not tolerating false egotistical nonsense masquerading as real Krishna Consciousness.
“Please accept my blessings. Now you must arrange in each temple there must be sufficient stock of prasadam for distribution. You can keep first-class cooks, two or three, and they should always be engaged. Whenever any guest comes, he must get prasada. This arrangement must be made, that the cooks prepare ten-twenty servings at a time, of puris and sabji, and you can add halavah and pakoras, and the visitors must be supplied immediately. Whenever a gentleman comes, he must be served. As the twenty servings are being distributed, immediately the cooks prepare another twenty servings and store it. At the end of the day, if no one comes, our own men will take, so there is no loss. You cannot say, ‘It is finished. It is not cooked yet. There is no supply for cooking, etc.’ This must be enforced rigidly. The temple is managed by Srimati Radharani, Laksmiji; so why should there be want? Our philosophy is, if anyone comes, let him take prasada, chant Hare Krishna and be happy. Everything is being supplied by Krishna, Krishna is not poor, so why should we deny them? This should be done at any cost. There is no difficulty, it simply requires nice management. At the end of the day you may sell or give away. If we believe that Krishna is providing and maintaining everyone, then why should we be misers. This means losing faith in Krishna and thinking that we are the doers and suppliers. We are confident Krishna will supply! Let the whole world come, we can feed them. So, please, do this nicely, begin at once.” (Srila Prabhupada letter to all ISKCON, 1-18-1977)
There’s werk ta be dun! And a whole world of hungry people just waiting for them “hairy Krishna fellers and gals” to help Krishna feed them all. Let’s get to it! Now is the time for Love! And more than ever before there’s no time to waste. For everyone’s sake.


Jagabandhu das

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    Bhaktivinode Td ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You better hurry up with the vegetable garden… The upa-devas seem to have more elaborate purging plan…

    HR 875 The food police, criminalizing organic farming and the backyard gardener, and violation of the 10th amendment

    HR 875

    This bill is sitting in committee and I am not sure when it is going to hit the floor. One thing I do know is that very few of the Representatives have read it. As usual they will vote on this based on what someone else is saying. Urge your members to read the legislation and ask for opposition to this devastating legislation. Devastating for everyday folks but great for factory farming ops like Monsanto, ADM, Sodexo and Tyson to name a few.

    I have no doubt that this legislation was heavily influenced by lobbyists from huge food producers. This legislation is so broad based that technically someone with a little backyard garden could get fined and have their property siezed. It will effect anyone who produces food even if they do not sell but only consume it. It will literally put all independent farmers and food producers out of business due to the huge amounts of money it will take to conform to factory farming methods. If people choose to farm without industry standards such as chemical pesticides and fertilizers they will be subject to a vareity of harassment from this completely new agency that has never before existed. That’s right, a whole new government agency is being created just to police food, for our own protection of course.

    DO NOT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, READ THIS LEGISLATION FOR YOURSELF. The more people who read this legislation the more insight we are going to get and be able to share. Post your observations and insights below. Urge your members to read this legislation and to oppose the passage of this legislation.

    Pay special attention to

    * Section 3 which is the definitions portion of the bill-read in it’s entirety.
    * section 103, 206 and 207- read in it’s entirety.

    Red flags I found and I am sure there are more………..

    * Legally binds state agriculture depts to enforcing federal guidelines effectively taking away the states power to do anything other than being food police for the federal dept.
    * Effectively criminalizes organic farming but doesn’t actually use the word organic

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