By Niraj Bidawatka
This is the peculiar quality of Kaliyuga, the present age of quarrel and hypocrisy, that innocent people are attacked whereas the ruffians are protected. The government, whose job is to protect the pious and punish the rogues, is employing the police to attack a saint who wants the government to take action against the corrupt. If there would have been, in place of the holy man, a person from some other background leading the agitation, the scoundrel rulers wouldn’t have dared to attack him. Scoundrels cannot tolerate saints and are always on a lookout for an excuse to attack them.
Prahlada Maharaja, an innocent five year old boy was attacked by his own demon father, because he was engaged in chanting the holy name of Krishna. Haridas Thakur was flogged in twenty-two market places because the rulers could not tolerate his chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. Jesus was crucified and Mohammad was also attacked because they were preaching the glories of the Supreme Lord. So the demons are always looking out for an opportunity to attack the saints.
But when it comes to taking action against the corrupt and the criminals, they diligently follow the rules of the Constitution. They express their inability to take law into their hands and let the law take its own course. There are ministers who have deliberately allowed tonnes of foodgrains to get destroyed, abetted price-rise of essential commodities; there are businessmen who have fleeced the government of billions of dollars and policemen who have commited rapes and killed innocent men in false encounters; the list is endless. These are the people who should be attacked and killed instantaneously. But scoundrels will not attack someone of their own flock. Therefore, two of the wealthiest tycoons of India, are not arrested in the 2G telecom scam, although top-level executives of their respective companies have been put behind bars.
They want to accuse the saints of possessing assets running into billions in order to distract the attention of the innocent public. They however do not know that the assets are meant for the spiritual upliftment of the general populace unlike the possessions of the worldly man, who wants to build a twenty-two storied mansion for his family of five souls to stay in.
As far as dealing with the scourge of corruption is concerned, it can be completely eradicated if even twenty five percent of the present world population takes up the chanting of the Hare Krishna mahamantra. The root cause of corruption is the dirty heart and only the Hare Krishna mantra has the potency of cleaning the heart of all impurities such as greed and lust. A person possessing a clean heart does not indulge in corrupt and sinful activities.
Therefore the governments across the world do not want to give whole-hearted support to the activities of the Hare Krishna movement because they know that if this movement grows, then their corrupt activities will come to an end. The rule of Lord Rama (rāma-rājya) will come into effect. But ironically, demons like Ravana do not want the Lord to rule.