Osama Bin Laden In Pakistan: Srila Prabhupada Informs about the Root Cause of Pakistan’s Creation

The killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan has given credence to the supposition that Pakistan is a safe haven for the terrorists. However, till nearly half a century ago Pakistan, did not exist on the world map. It was just India. Had India remained united today, it would have been a different scenario as far as tackling the menace of terrorism is concerned. But the fact is that a portion of India was partitioned off as Pakistan and that is allegedly creating problems of terrorism around the world. We do not wish to discuss politics but would rather delve on the root cause of the creation of Pakistan because had this not happened, the world would have been relatively peaceful. We say relatively because one cannot expect absolute peace in the material world since its nature is to be always agitated.  Hence the Hare Krishna Revolution advises everyone to go back to the spiritual world where one can experience everlasting peace and happiness.

Srila Prabhupada says that Pakistan was created because the hereditary brahmanas neglected the Vedic culture. The Bhagavad Gita says that everyone including the lowborn should be given a chance to go back to Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. However the caste brahmanas invented their own system and discriminated against the low-born sudras, which led to their ostracism. If Krishna consciousness was distributed equitably to everyone, irrespective of his caste or creed, then there would not have been a division or any feeling of enmity and hatred among the Muslims towards the Hindus.

Below is an excerpt from a lecture of Srila Prabhupada given on June 26, 1974 in Rome, Italy, which takes us to the root cause of India being divided into two.

Anyone can take Krishna’s shelter, never mind whether he is the lowest of the lowborn

“Generally, a man is born as an ordinary being, and by the purificatory processes he is born for the second time. This is called dvija, second birth given by the spiritual master. When one sees a new light and seeks direction for spiritual progress, he approaches spiritual master to get instructed by him in the Vedas. This is our process. In the beginning we do not ask anybody to become initiated or become a brahmana. No. We simply invite a person to join the chanting of Hare Krishna. This is our process. We should strictly follow this. In the beginning, we should not ask that “You have to do this, you have to do that.” He cannot do that. That is not possible. But everyone should be given chance because in the Kali-yuga there is no reformatory system. Everyone is born sudra and less than that, candala (dog-eater). So they should not be neglected also. We should not think, “Since all people are fallen—they are less than sudras and candalas—let me neglect them. Let me chant Hare Krishna.” No. This is not the duty of the Vaishnava (devotee). His duty is to reclaim these fallen souls. Just like Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita, mam hi partha vyapasritya ye ‘pi syuh papa-yonayah [Bg. 9.32]: “Anyone who comes under My shelter, never mind whether he is the lowest of the lowborn – the striyah (women) or the vaishya (businessmen) or the sudras (labourers) – can approach the supreme destination.” Formerly, even the woman and the mercantile community and the sudras (labourer class), were all considered as papa-yoni. Papa-yoni means whose brain is not very developed (blunt-headed).

God is inviting everyone, not just the Brahmins

 So the supreme destination, back to Godhead, back to home, is for everyone. God is for everyone. God does not say, “Only the brahmana class of men, please come here. Others are all rejected.” No. He is inviting everyone. Even the lowest of the low-born (papa-yonayah) – women, sudra, or vaishyas – everyone.

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Krishna admits that “Everyone has got the potency of coming to Me.” But, who will make them qualified to go back to home, back to Godhead? The Vaishnava, who is actually a very sincere servant of Krishna, will train them. It is his duty. Krishna says that “Everyone is competent to come to Me if he is following the rules and regulations.” Vyapashritya. What is the meaning of vyapashritya? It means, “Particularly taking shelter.” One should be willing to go back to home, back to Godhead and take shelter particularly of His representative. Such a person can be elevated.

The Muhammadans got a bad experience that the Hindus did not treat them very well

But unfortunately, in India, although Bhagavad-gita is there, they neglect it. The so-called brahmanas and the so-called gosvamis neglected this process. Just like in India, the Muhammadans, who claim to have partitioned Pakistan and Hindustan. There were a number of Muhammadans, who protested that “India is going to be independent, but we do not wish to participate with the Hindus. We must be separate.” Why? Because they have got a bad experience that the Hindus did not treat them very well. In South India, it was such a bad process. If a sudra was passing on the street, he had to cry, “I am a sudra passing on the street. Please close your door.” The brahmanas would close the door so that they may not even see a sudra (the labourer class). They thought that if they saw him, everything will be spoiled – their food grains and everything. So they would close the door. The result is that in South India, the Communists are now in majority. Communist means the so-called low-class people, sudras and candalas. They have formed a government on the principle that as soon as some brahmana comes for government service, he will be rejected.

Jezia tax meant that all the non-Muhammadans would pay a tax

So this negligence is not Vedic culture. These Muhammadans were born and brought up in India, they were not imported from Afghanistan or Turkey or any Muhammadan country. They were Indians. But they were not given any facility for spiritual culture. The brahmanas monopolized it, although they themselves would not follow anything. They were all degraded. But still, they would keep these sudras and the candalas downtrodden and ill-treated. So therefore, when Aurangzeb passed a law, the Jezia tax, these sudras converted into Muhammadans. Jezia tax means that all the non-Muhammadans would pay a tax. So these low-class people, who were so neglected, naturally thought that “Why should we pay this tax? We are not very much well-treated by the Hindus. So what is the use of remaining Hindu and pay the tax?” So in wholesale, this neglected class of men became Muhammadans. This is the history. Otherwise, these Muhammadans did not come from the Muhammadan countries.

So in this way a community was gradually formed – the Muhammadan community. And the British government took advantage of this ill-feeling between Hindus and Muhammadans. So in this way, later on the Britishers thought that, “India is going to be independent, that cannot be checked, so make them smaller, smaller, smaller.” That is the European history also. Formerly, under Roman Empire, all the Europeans were one nation. Is it not? I think it was. But when the empire dismantled, they became different nations – Germany, England, and France. I see the same culture, the same civilization all over Europe. I do not know how they became Germans and Englishmen and this and that. Anyway, this is the policy of the politicians.

Everyone should be given a chance to come back to home and to approach Krishna

So, because they were not given a chance… Our point is that Krishna says everyone should be given a chance to come back to home and to approach Krishna. So whose duty it is? It is the duty of Krishna’s servant. Just like Prahlada Maharaja. Prahlada Maharaja said, “My Lord, I do not wish to go back to home, back to Godhead alone. I want to take all of them who are godless or not devotees. Unless I educate them how to go back to home, back to Godhead, I alone am not prepared to…” This is Prahlada. This is Vaishnava. Para-duhkha-duhkhi krpambudhir yah. A Vaishnava has no problems for himself, but he is very, very morose when he sees others in distressed condition without Krishna consciousness. This is Vaishnava. A Vaishnava has no problem. He can sit down anywhere and chant Hare Krishna. Everything will be supplied to him. Krishna said, yoga-ksemam vahamy aham [Bg. 9.22]. There is no problem. But it is a Vaishnava’s business to execute the will of Krishna. If everyone has got the potency to go back to home, back to Godhead, it is the duty of the Vaishnava to educate the whole world how to go back to home, back to Godhead. This is the Krishna consciousness movement.”

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5 thoughts on “Osama Bin Laden In Pakistan: Srila Prabhupada Informs about the Root Cause of Pakistan’s Creation

  1. Dear Niraj,

    What you have written in the above article about the cultivation of Mummadans and the injustice done to them by another superior community residing in India (South) that time might be correct. But, due to few numbers of Brahmans residing in that location, who has practiced the wrong behaviour towards the low caste community, you can not put blame straight away on the entire Brahman community. I suggest you to correct the words in the article because, being a Brahman myself, I am very much heart and also there will be other Brahmans who will be feeling very bad about such comments. This means that the entire Brahmans are to be blamed due to a small group of Brahmans…this is rediculos and shows total injustice towards the entire community of Brahmans.

    Do the needful immediately.

    Regards,
    Vimal Upadhyay.

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    • Dear Mr. Veemal Upadhyay
      It seems you have misunderstood what Srila Prabhupada is saying. You are thinking that the brāhmanas of South India were responsible for discriminating against the lower castes and therefore, according to you, it is not correct to hold responsible the entire class of brāhmanas across India. But the fact is that discrimination was equally spread across India, notwithstanding north and south. The citation of the south Indian brāhmanas is just an example in the context.

      In fact the Hare Krishna Revolution was started in the sixteenth century by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the holy land of Bengal, to give a chance to everyone to chant the holy name of Krishna. The brāhmanas of the time, in contravention of the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita, did not allow anyone other than the brāhmanas to chant the Vedic mantras. This was roughly a century prior to the reign of Aurangzeb, when millions of Hindus converted to Islam.

      I would like to express my inability in correcting the article because the opinion is not mine but that of a very pure and true brāhmana, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the exalted Acharya of the Hare Krishna Revolution. We strictly follow and accept the words of the Vaishnava Acharyas, without any interpretation. To try to correct a realized soul would tantamount to committing a great offense.

      One who knows Brahman (God) is known as a brāhmana. A true brāhmana is engaged in teaching the ignorant souls about the transcendental science of Godhead. He sees everyone as a part and parcel of Krishna, or God and therefore does not discriminate against anyone. One cannot claim himself to be a brāhmana just because one is born in the family of brāhmanas. He has to develop the qualities of a brāhmana and also practically exhibit them. This is the verdict of the Bhagavad Gita. If a person is born to a high court advocate, he cannot claim to be a lawyer by birthright. Only when he studies law and then starts practicing it, can he be called a lawyer. So is the case with the brāhmana. One who is born in the family of a brāhmana, but does not possess the qualities of a brāhmana, is known as a brahma-bandhu, a friend or relative of a brāhmana.

      I recall our first meeting five years ago, when I approached you for a yearly subscription of our magazine, Back to Godhead, and you readily subscribed to it. This proves that you are a devotee of the Supreme Lord. A devotee of the Lord is considered far more exalted than a brāhmana. But in your case, you are both a brāhmana and a devotee as well. Therefore I am requesting you to join The Hare Krishna Revolution in educating the masses about the real science of God, as contained in the Bhagavad-gita.
      As far as I know, you are presently engaged in the business of Advertising and according to verse no. 4.13 of the Bhagavad-gita, one cannot claim to be a brāhmana as long as one is engaged in the activities of a businessman (vaisya), just as a person born to a lawyer but not practicing law cannot be termed as a lawyer. However there is no restriction for a devotee to engage in any sort of a mercantile activity.

      I would like to assure you that we have no ill feelings against the brāhmanas because The Hare Krishna Revolution is guided by the brahminical principles and is training everyone to become a true brāhmana. We have brought to light some historical facts in the said article and if you rise above the material platform of identifying yourself as belonging to a particular caste or nationality, I am sure you will appreciate the facts mentioned above.

      Thanks and Hare Krishna

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  2. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I
    find this topic to be actually something that I think I would never understand.

    It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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