WHY MODERN STATESMEN CANNOT BANISH CORRUPTION?

ByHis Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Srila-Prabhupada-Speaks-Out

The principles of Mahārāja Parikshit can be still continued, and human society can still be improved if there is determination by the authorities. We can still purge out from the state all the activities of immorality introduced by the personality of Kali if we are determined to take action like Mahārāja Parikshit. He allotted some place for Kali, but in fact Kali could not find such places in the world at all because Mahārāja Parikshit was strictly vigilant to see that there were no places for gambling, drinking, prostitution and animal slaughter. Modern administrators want to banish corruption from the state, but fools as they are, they do not know how to do it. They want to issue licenses for gambling houses, wine and other intoxicating drug houses, brothels, hotel prostitution and cinema houses, and falsity in every dealing, even in their own, and they want at the same time to drive out corruption from the state. They want the kingdom of God without God consciousness. How can it be possible to adjust two contradictory matters? If we want to drive out corruption from the state, we must first of all organize society to accept the principles of religion, namely austerity, cleanliness, mercy and truthfulness, and to make the condition favorable we must close all places of gambling, drinking, prostitution and falsity. These are some of the practical lessons from the pages of Srimad-Bhāgavatam.

[An excerpt from the Bhaktivedanta Purport to the Srimad Bhāgavatam 1.17.43-44]

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