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Inherent Contradictions

Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2008 23:21:52 -0600 To: AM-GLOBAL From: "Paul Paltrow" Subject: Inherent Contradictions Baba "Tamasa' ka't'iche bihag d'akiche, purva toran'e khuliche dva'r..." (P.S. 4647) Purport: By His grace, today in the eastern horizon the sun has come, the birds are chirping with full joy, the darkness has gone. The crimson dawn is rising-- everything is beautiful; everything is charming. The door of a new era has opened. O' my brothers and sisters, everyone get ready. Do not remain drowsy and in a state of slumber-- Arise, awake. O' children, boys, and girls of the world, break the jail of dogma and staticity and come out. Now it is our duty to fulfill those great tasks which were started by sages in the past. We have to remain vigilant and keep the lamp of neo-humanism effulgent forever. By Baba's grace today all the darkness and staticity has gone; a new brilliant era has come….
Namaskar, In the wake of the current economic meltdown, to some degree capitalism is coming under fire, yet the glory of democracy is still soaring. However, we know that this is short-lived. Prout is the ultimate socio-economic system, this we all know; yet in this present era still "everyone" is running after democracy-- mistakenly thinking that "D" is the panacea. Of course we A'nanda Ma'rgiis are aware that on so many points Baba has openly exposed the loopholes & weaknesses of democracy. So the theory itself is faulty. And, in the practical realm also, here in this present world, the 'bastion of democracy' itself is riddled with hypocrisy-- therefore making it nothing but a 'Mockery of Democracy'.
Here are two points that are raided in this letter. The first revolves around voting rights and the second centers on indigenous cultural expression.
At the same time the greater overall picture is that the US again & again likes to herald itself as one of the 'great civilisations'-- the essence of modern democracy. However, those living within and without the US and especially those living in so-called Third World nations should not naively view the US as being on some high pedestal. It is not like that: The USA is not a great nation. Rather each and every day more of its loopholes and failures are getting leaked onto the scene.
Everyone on the planet knows this essential fact that the most fundamental point of any democracy is the right to vote. Indeed the world democratic leaders pride themselves on this ideal and when toppling any totalitarian regime or guerilla-style government, those same US / world leaders proclaim that 'let the people vote in their new representatives and / or president'. How far those elections are fair and just is another matter. Here the basic point is that democracy and voting go hand in hand. One is inextricably linked with the other. Where there is no voting there is no democracy; and where there is no democracy, voting is not a way of life.
These days one after another fire is being lit on the US political stage. All of which undermine the "sanctity" of the US democracy. One such point is voting rights and why certain citizens in the US are not granted the right to vote. In particular the discussion is roaring how those behind bars-- i.e. those in jail-- in most cases are totally denied the right to vote. According to US policymakers, just because those citizens did a big or little crime, then they have totally lost their most basic democratic right: Their right to vote. And then, interestingly enough there is another splinter in all of this. Namely that many behind bars are falsely accused and wrongly sentenced to US prisons. And in that case also they lose the right to vote. Of course the US is comprised of 50 states and this debate of whether prisoners are allowed to vote or not is whipping all around from east to west & from west to east. And the laws vary from state to state. In the large majority of states those in prison automatically lose their franchise-- that is they cannot vote if they are behind bars. But not only that some states take it one step further: Even after those prisoners have completed their jail term and are now free to live in society, still they are not given the right to vote. Such ex-cons remain disenfranchised. Here is but one classic case from a recent study: "In 2000, the study says, [the state of] Washington disenfranchised an estimated 160,000 felons, of whom 144,000 were out of prison." (Seattle Post Intelligencer, Jan 30 2006) And like that in each and every state there is some sticking point whereby in countless cases US citizens are denied the right to vote. It is no different from how things were in the past. Contemporary politicians are quick to laud and praise the US as being the greatest and longest standing democracy in the present world. Yet what they fail to say is that at the beginning only white land-owners were given the franchise-- no one else could vote. And it took nearly 200 years for the ball to come full circle (or nearly so) where women, blacks, and youths (18-21 years old) could vote. And still today the same claims are being made: That the US is the greatest democracy of all time yet now our prisons are more full than ever before and nearly all those inmates are disenfranchised, i.e. denied the right to vote. Hence in all the circumstances the US is besieged with hypocrisy and contradictions. Then how can anyone think that the US is the greatest democracy on earth, past or present. Yet this is the false billing that the US gets as it convinces more and more developing nations to formulate a democratic system based on the glory of the US.
In contrast there are many, many nations around the globe which openly grant voting rights to prisoners and encourage the democratic electoral process. These countries include: Israel, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, plus dozens and dozens of other nations.
Yet not only is the retraction of voting rights indicative of the US's tainted effort in establishing a true democracy. The US also has a horrific track record with regards to the treatment of native peoples. Everyone is well aware that in the contiguous 48 states of the US, the red-skinned native peoples (i.e. 'Indians' )were savagely and brutally destroyed. And up in the state of Alaska the same genocide was carried out against the Eskimos. The ruling elite of the US not only burned the bodies of those native peoples but also buried their songs, dance, history, and all their cultural expressions. This is the well-known and proven fact. And now the leaders and chiefs of these indigenous communities are trying again to raise their flag and point out the outrageous sins committed against them by the US government. Unfortunately it is a little too late. Already permanent damage has been done. The US has effectively wiped out those native societies and severely broken their backbones. Yet in their hypocritical stance, nowadays as the "spokesman" of democracy, the US strongly condemns leaders like Mugabe and the Chinese government which cracks down on ethnic minorities. So wearing their big boots of justice the US firmly proclaims that local and native communities should have their rights represented and protected in those countries. So in the world arena the US is quick to point their fingers at others in hopes of making themselves look good. But on their own homefront, the US is shackled by their own dogma and hypocrisy. Hence on numerous accounts and multiple ways the US democracy just cannot stand on its own two feet. Externally the US tells one thing and within their own borders the opposite is going on.
So from head to toe, Baba's Proutistic form of government is far more advanced and unquestionably more neo-humanistic than the present day democratic systems. For starters, included in Prout is Baba's samaj system which automatically honors and preserves the cultural expressions of all peoples. Native linguistic expression is looked upon as the cornerstone for preserving their legacy. And in totally all the 'ways of doing' of indigenous communities is given deep value. Hence on this point and many others Prout is the model of social justice-- far better than any of the standing democracies like the US.
So while the US likes to bask in being the originators of democracy, in one of His epic discourses on democratic life, Baba has revealed the first democracy was formed in India in the state of Bihar by the Licchaviis. Baba says, "The Licchaviis of Vaishali abolished the monarchy and established the first republic about 2500 years ago. The representatives of the people were known as Licchaviis, and they formed an executive body known as Mahalicchaviis through elections. The Mahalicchaviis controlled the power in Vaishali that was previously controlled by the monarchy." (PNS) Thus where is there scope for the US to go pounding its chest and proclaiming themselves as the torchbearers of democracy.
Here following is Baba's divine blessing that the day is not far when a Proutistic form of government will take shape on this dusty earth. Baba says, "PROUT is the panacea for the integrated progress of human society. It aims to bring about equilibrium and equipoise in all aspects of socio-economic life through totally restructuring economics. Without PROUT, socio-economic emancipation will remain a utopian dream. Only PROUT can save the world." (PE) Namaskar, Punya'tman
'Prisoner voting: world views'
"Overall, 48 states [out of 50 in the US] deny the vote to serving prisoners, 33 disqualify parolees from voting, and eight even bar ex-convicts from the ballot box. Only two states - Maine and Vermont - place no restrictions on prisoners." "Conviction rates among ethnic minorities in the US are much higher than rates among white people. As a result, a much higher proportion of black and Hispanic people are excluded from the vote." "This has prompted criticism and even several lawsuits claiming racial discrimination - particularly in Florida, where it is estimated almost one-third of black people are denied the vote." "The state was crucial in deciding the 2000 presidential election in favour of George W Bush and his Republican Party. Many in the defeated Democrat Party blamed the disqualification of ethnic minorities - traditional Democrat voters - for their loss." (BBC, 28 April 2005)
****************************************** Jada (Crude) Samadhi
Baba says, "Suppose, one is a great yogii but if there is no love for his goal, then those suspended propensities are finally converted into crude matter, that is, the subtle human existence becomes like iron, it becomes like wood, it becomes like sand. What a deterioration! What a downfall! This particular type of yoga where a yogii does not bear love for the Supreme Entity is called 'hat'ha yoga' in Sam'skrta. It is dangerous for the human elevation." (AV-2, p.18)

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