Devant l’ampleur en France des commémorations du 70e anniversaire du débarquement de Normandie de la deuxième guerre mondiale, le 6 juin 1944, le sujet de la guerre m’est naturellement venu à l’esprit. Je me suis souvenu alors du texte intitulé « War and Karma »,(La guerre et le karma), une compilation de propos tenus par Srila Prabhupada réalisée par Mayesvara das – à partir de ses conversations, ses promenades matinales, ses interviews, ses classes et ses livres – sur le sujet de la guerre en relation avec le karma.
C’est un sujet qui ne manque pas d’intérêt car il concerne certainement notre situation actuelle à tous. Malgré les commémorations du débarquement et leur aspect souvent festif et joyeux, et les souhaits de paix et de fraternité entre les hommes que chacun ne manque pas d’exprimer chaleureusement en de telles occasions, tout le monde sait au fond de lui-même que les menaces d’une nouvelle guerre mondiale ne sont jamais très éloignées.
La présence des deux « ennemis de toujours », le président américain et le président russe, à la cérémonie, et leurs sérieux désaccords actuels face à la question ukrainienne, contribuent certainement à renforcer cette inquiétude.
Dans « War and karma » Srila Prabhupada nous entretient de divers sujets d’importance : l’imminence d’une troisième guerre mondiale, les causes karmique de la guerre, les conséquences de la guerre, « l’abattoir » qu’est le monde matériel, l’impossibilité de la paix sans conscience de Krishna, Dieu veut-il la guerre ?, etc.…
Le texte est en anglais c’est-à-dire sous sa forme originale (pour ceux malheureusement qui ne lisent pas l’anglais, comme le texte est assez simple, l’utilisation de Google traduction devrait suffire à le comprendre).
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Gloires à Srila Prabhupada !
Hare Krishna !
(1) KARMIC CAUSES OF WORLD WAR THREE
IN KALI-YUGA NOBODY IS SAFE
The whole atmosphere is epidemic, whole atmosphere, this Kali-yuga. And still, by the superior orders we have to preach this Krishna consciousness movement. Therefore our only shelter is Krishna. Krishna, krishna, krishna, krishna, krishna, krishna, raksha mam. Very dangerous position. The foolish people, they are thinking that « We are very happy and we are very safe. » But nobody is safe. Nobody is safe.
(Srimad Bhagavatam 6.2.1-5 Calcutta, January 6 1971)
WAIT FOR THE ACCUMULATION OF YOUR SINFUL ACTIVITIES AND THERE WILL BE WAR
So you are suffering. You are maintaining so many slaughterhouses, and when it will be mature, there will be war, the wholesale murder. Finished. One atom bomb—finished. You’ll have to suffer. Don’t think that « Innocent animals, they cannot protest. Let us kill and eat. » No. You’ll be also punished. Wait for accumulation of your sinful activities, and there will be war, and the America will drop the atom bomb, and Russia will be finished. Both will be finished. Go on now enjoying. It takes time. Just like even if you infect some disease, it takes time. Not that immediately you infect, and immediately the disease is there. No. It takes a week’s time or so. What is called? A quarantine, quarantine…
Devotee: Period of incubation.
Prabhupada: Ha? Incubation. So from Africa, if anyone goes anywhere, they require yellow fever injection. So if you haven’t got yellow fever injection, then even in the airport, there is arrangement, you have to wait in the quarantine area for six days. You’ll not be allowed. So this is… As you have got the laws and the punishment in this government, so why do you think there is no punishment and there is no God? This is utopian. Don’t think like that. Utopian. There is God, there is his government, there are his agents, there are witnesses…
… You can imagine that « There is no God, there is no Yamaraja, there is no punishment. Let me do. » That is your fancy. But it is not the fact. Fact is, if we commit some sin we must suffer from it, and there is nobody in the world who can check it.
(SB 6.1.32 May 31 1976 Honolulu)
THE WHOLE WORLD IS AWAITING NUCLEAR DISASTER
So everyone is after Lakshmiji. The Ravana’s philosophy. The whole world is after material acquisition, lakshmi. Money is called lakshmi. Everyone is after money but nobody knows that money can be properly utilized when there is Narayana. Lakshmi can stay when there is Narayana. Lakshmi-Narayana. You cannot keep Lakshmi alone without Narayana, that is not possible. Then you’ll be finished, just like Ravana. He wanted to kill Sita without Rama; therefore he was finished with his whole family.
That is awaiting. The whole world is awaiting that disaster. The America has got atom bomb and Russia has got atom bomb. As soon as there is another war, the whole world will be finished. So this is the ajnana. Mayaya-apahrita-jnanah. They do not know that we cannot keep Lakshmi without Narayana. That is not possible. Lakshmi can be kept at home with Narayana, but she cannot leave Narayana. So if you want to enjoy false lakshmi, that is different thing.
(Bhagavad-gita 13.14, October 7 1973, Bombay)
THEY MUST BE USED
Paramahamsa: The theory nowadays is that by the proliferation of atomic weapons, that Russia has so many weapons, China has so many weapons, the United States has so much…
Prabhupada: Everyone now. India has also.
Paramahamsa: They’re all afraid of using them.
Prabhupada: They must use it. That is nature’s arrangement.
Paramahamsa: Yeah, right. History.
Prabhupada: Yes. That is nature’s arrangement (chuckles) that you all die. That is nature’s arrangement.
Tamala Krsna: When someone gets some power he wants to try it out. Just like there was that demon. Lord Siva gave him power: whoever head he touched, the head would fall off.
Prabhupada: Just like in your country there are so many cars so that a poor man like me has car always, not an inch move on leg. So because there is so many. There are so many cars. So there are so many weapons now. That must be used. That is a natural sequence. They must use it.
Bahulasva: That is why they have wars, just so they can use up the weapons.
Prabhupada: Oh yes.
Paramahamsa: The only difficulty is that if one person uses the atomic weapon, that means entire, it would be entire waste of mankind. So everyone’s afraid of using the ultimate.
Prabhupada: Well, anyway, they must be used. There is no doubt about it. Therefore we can say there will be war. It is no astrology. It is natural conclusion.
Tamala Krsna: Common sense.
Paramahamsa: That’d mean total destruction.
Prabhupada: Well, total or partial, that we shall see. But they must be used.
(Morning Walk July 18, 1975, San Francisco)
RAVANA CIVILIZATION WILL CERTAINLY BE FINISHED BY NUCLEAR WAR
Your country is fortunate enough by the grace of Goddess of Fortune. Goddess of Fortune or Laksmi Devi is eternally engaged in service of the Lord. Therefore, the favor of Goddess of Fortune which is bestowed upon the American people may be fully engaged in Krishna’s service. That will be a finishing touch to this material advancement. If people do not take to Krishna and simply want to utilize the Goddess of Fortune for sense gratification as it was the policy of the demons like Ravana and Hiranyakasipu, then the finishing touch will certainly culminate in releasing the nuclear weapon exactly like Ravana was vanquished by such policy. I have every hope on you as well as your wife and associates. Please organize your center in such way that the local people may take advantage of the great boon that we want to give them.
(Letter to Bhagavan, Los Angeles, 2 January, 1970)
YOU MUST BE KILLED IN WAR
The desire is never satiated that « You have killed so many animals. Now you don’t… » No, he will go on, go on killing, killing, killing, killing, killing, killing. He is never satisfied, « Now I have killed so many. No more, stop. » No, there is no stoppage. That will go on. Kamadinam kati na katidha. The injunction is « Thou shalt not kill, » but he will kill and kill and kill and kill, and still, he want to be satisfied. Just see. The Bible says, « Thou shalt not kill, » and they are simply engaged in killing business, and still they want to be happy. Just see the fun. Therefore Krishna says, « Yes, you be killed by occasional world war. You must be killed. You have created this situation. You must be killed. You may be American or Englishman or German or this or that. You may be very proud of your nationality. But you must be killed. » This is the position. Isvarasya viceshtitam. « You have killed so many animals. Now wholesale killing, one bomb. One atom bomb. Be killed. »
So these rascals they do not know how things are going on. Isvarasya viceshtitam. « Tit for tat. » There must be. If in ordinary laws, in the state laws, that if you have killed somebody you must be hanged, so do you think you can simply bluff the Supreme Authority, Krishna, that you are going, killing, killing, killing, and you will be saved? No. You will be killed in pestilence, in famine. Even within your mother’s womb, you will be killed, where it is supposed to be good protection, there also you will be killed. The human nation being degenerated in such a way, the killing business is increasing daily, daily, daily. Isvarasya viceshtitam.
So we therefore must submit to Krishna. Sarva-dharman parityajya… [Bg. 18.66]. Because we cannot become free. We cannot go out of the laws of God. That is not possible. Therefore we must surrender that « Krishna, God, I have acted freely so many births. I did not become happy. Neither I am happy at the present moment. So now I surrender unto You. You say that ‘I give you protection.’ So kindly give me protection. » This is Krishna consciousness movement.
(Srimad Bhagavatam 1.15.24 Los Angeles December 3 1973)
THE KILLING MACHINE IS COMING; DON’T TAKE THIS WARNING AS A JOKE. IT IS A FACT
Just like a practical example: a child or a man, you weigh him. When he’s alive you will find one weight, and when he’s dead you will find another weight. That is practical. It will be heavier. Why heavier? Because there is no more spirit soul. So the more people will be materialistic, the world will be burdened. Therefore there must be war, pestilence, famine, to clear these rascals, clear out. You’ll find these things. In Europe, every ten years, twenty years, there is a fight, war. It is the history. From the Greece history, Roman history and Seven Years War, Hundred Years War-wars. There must be war, because they are sinful. The same sinful, killing animals continually. So there is war, reaction. So what is that war? To lessen the burden. To lessen the burden. It becomes very heavy, unbearable by the earth. And to reduce the weight there is natural… And when there is still more power required, then Krishna comes: « Arrange for a war in the battlefield of Kurukshetra and bring all the rascals and finish within eighteen days. » Within eighteen days sixty-four crores men died. This is… But why? It is Krishna’s arrangement…
…When people become too much sinful, too much godless, the world becomes overburdened, and there must be some machine to kill. Prakriteh kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvasah ahankara [Bg. 3.27]. They are thinking independently. No independence. As soon as you become sinful, there is reaction immediately. Immediately there will be war, pestilence, famine, flu, and so on, so on…
…So this will be punishment. In the Kali-yuga, the more people will be godless, and this punishment will be there: no water, no food supply. And over and above that, government taxation. You’ll be harassed. Three things will go on…
…One side, I am suffering—no food; another side—whatever money I have got, it will be taken by taxation. Now see what is your position. The position will be people will become mad, so much troubled. Acchinna-dara-dravina gacchanti giri-kananam. People will be so much harassed that voluntarily they’ll give up their family, home, and go to the forest, hopeless. This will be done. Don’t think that Krishna consciousness is a joke, is a jugglery. It is the only remedy if you want to save yourself. Otherwise, you are doomed. Don’t take it, I mean to say, as a joke. It is a fact.
…It is a question how to become Krishna conscious. Otherwise, everything will be finished.
So don’t take it very lightly. Take it seriously. Take to Krishna consciousness. Krishna has come, avatara, and His instruction should be followed. Then we’ll be happy. Everything is there in Krishna’s instruction for our benefit. But because we are rascals, mudha, dushkritina, naradhama, we have no knowledge, we refuse to accept. This is our qualification.
na mam dushkritino mudhah
asuram bhavam asritah
Because we have become rakshasas, asuras, we deny to surrender Krishna, to surrender to Krishna, and we must suffer the (con)sequence. This is Krishna consciousness movement.
(Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.25, Vrindavana, September 22, 1976)