The Root Cause of Tribulations - Part 4

Hare Krishna Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

This is in continuation of the previous offering discussing the root cause of our tribulations based on the conversation between Dharma, the personality of religious principles in the form of a bull and the earth in the form of a cow in Srimad Bhagavatam first canto sixteenth chapter, verses 19-24. In the previous offering we saw the following six points:

1. Internal diseases
2. The separation of the family members
3. The loss of the principles of religion
4. Unlawful meat eating - exploiting the body of the bull and the cow
5. Non performance of sacrifices
6. Sufferings due to famine and drought

7. Neglect of women and children: According to Vedic civilization, everyone has the responsibility for taking care of brahmanas, old men, women, children and cows. But in Kaliyuga women and children are not given proper protection and they are grossly neglected. This is mainly because now marriage is only on the basis of verbal agreement. This is predicted by Srimad Bhagavatam in 12.2.5, svīkāra eva codvāhe. We see the increase in the concept of living together without formal marriage and the children born of such arrangements are left forlorn. All this has caused so much chaos and unhappiness in the society. Maharaj says that if you cannot take care of those who deserve to be taken care of, you will be disturbed, dejected and depressed.

Srila Prabhupada says, "Woman requires protection by the father, by the husband and by the elderly children. But that is now finished. Practically no protection. They are, under the name of so-called freedom, loitering in the street. It is a very abominable condition of life. In the vedic system, the father gives protection to the woman, child, and up to sixteen years, utmost. Then she must be married. The father's duty will be finished when the daughter is given to a suitable boy to take charge. That is marriage system. Marriage system is that it is necessary, necessary for social equilibrium. And it is the duty of the father to get the daughter married to a suitable boy. And when she is married, then the father’s duty is finished. Unless she is married, the father’s duty is not finished. This is Vedic culture. It is called kanya-daya. Kanya means daughter, and daya means obligation. Kanya-daya. so far the debts of the daughter, it is not debt, it is called daya, kanya-daya. Debt you can take insolvency, but daya means it is so obligatory, there is no such question that you can get relief from it. It must be... Therefore the word is used, kanya-daya. Still in India, the process is as soon as the girl is grown up the father is very anxious to find out a suitable boy and hand her over." In the absence of all this Vedic traditions illegal abortions are going on. With so much sinful activity, how can we expect to be happy? So it is only Krishna consciousness movement which is trying to bring back Vedic culture so that people may be very happy. It is not a business; it is not a religious sentiment. It is a program to make everyone happy. sarve sukhino bhavantu. This is Vedic culture.

8. Brahmanas acting against the principles of religion: In this age of kali, Srimad Bhagavatam has predicted that the brahmanas are traditionally intelligent men, and thus they will be able to pick up modern education to the topmost rank, but as far as moral and religious principles are concerned, they shall be the most fallen. SB 12.2.3 says, vipratve sūtram eva hi - a man will be known as a brahmana just by his wearing a thread. Education and bad character go ill together, but such things run parallel today. The real qualification of a brahmana is to control the mind and the senses, and to cultivate tolerance, simplicity, cleanliness, knowledge, truthfulness, devotion and faith in the Vedic wisdom. Not only must a brahmana be qualified, but he must also engage in actual brahminical activities. Simply to be qualified is not enough; one must engage in a brahmana's duties. The duty of a brahmana is to know the param brahma, Krishna. Hence it is very important to train the people to become first class brahmanas in the real sense of the term and that is the purpose of the Krishna conscious movement.

9. Brahmanas taking shelter of administrative heads, condemning vedic wisdom: Srila Prabhupada writes that the administrative heads as a class, condemn the tenets of Vedic wisdom and they prefer to conduct a so-called secular state, and the so-called educated brahmanas are purchased by such unscrupulous administrators. Even a philosopher and writer of many books on religious principles accept an exalted post in a government which denies all the moral codes of the shastras. The brahmanas are specifically restricted from accepting such service. These are some of the symptoms of the Kali age which are harmful to the general welfare of human society. Srimad Bhagavatam warns in SB 7.15.19,

asantuṣṭasya viprasya tejo vidyā tapo yaśaḥ
sravantīndriya-laulyena jñānaṁ caivāvakīryate

Because of greed for the sake of the senses, the spiritual strength, education, austerity and reputation of a devotee or brahmana who is not self-satisfied dwindle, and his knowledge gradually vanishes.

If the rulers or the administrative heads carry out their duties under the guidance of the perfectly qualified brahmanas, then everyone can be happy.

Krishna willing, we shall see the other causes of our tribulations and their remedial measures in the ensuing postings.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.