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"Generosity" of the United States

Date: Thu 21 Jan 2010 06:11:29 -0000 (GMT) From: Pradiip Bauer Subject: "Generosity" of the United States To: Baba "Toma'r saunge mor paricay, ek-a'dha yuger katha' nay..." (PS 2303) Purport: Baba, by Your grace my closeness with You is not only since the last few hundred or even thousands of years. Nor is it only since the last one or two epochs or ages. Baba, from before the beginning of time You have been along with me; by Your grace I have always been in Your shelter. Baba, I have been singing Your divine glory since eternity. It is Your grace. Baba, by being ensconced in Your divine love, my heart became satiated and fulfilled. All my needs and longings have become completely quenched and satisfied. Baba, by constantly ideating on You-- day and night, all the time-- by Your grace my mind may become one with You. Baba, please be gracious and do not keep me distant. Always keep me close to Your lotus feet-- under Your shelter. Baba, please remain along with me constantly-- all the 24 hrs. And please grace me and saturate my mind with Your divine nectar. Baba, make my life full by utilising me all the time in various deeds, in whatever way You like. Baba, by Your grace our intimacy and relation has been since eternity. And, by Your divine krpa', it will go on up to infinity...
Namaskar, At present, the US is giving huge aid to Haiti in response to the terrible earthquake that hit. The US has pledged 100 million dollars, and sent tons of food, thousands of military personnel, huge numbers of relief workers, and much, much more. Other countries are also supporting the cause - but none as much as the United States. From the outside then it looks like the US is spearheading a great humanitarian effort - with no ulterior agenda or motive. Those thinking like this are not aware of the deeper aspects behind the US relief effort. Many common citizens fall in this category. They are not aware about the psychology behind the big capitalists. As Ananda Margiis, it is our duty to take a step back and critically analyse how far the capitalist enterprises like the US government are really generous in their ongoing relief efforts etc. In the height of this vaeshyan era, we must know their psychology in order to educate the masses and bring about the turn of the social cycle.
Baba guides us in so many discourses that capitalists always keep sharp eyes on their own agenda. That is their chief aim. The main question that has to be investigated is how far the US relief efforts are drowned in that capitalist paradigm. As Ananda Margiis, we should have our eyes clearly open and understand that when the US goes into an area to offer aid, it is not for the long-term welfare of that besieged region or nation - rather the US is just investing in its own future and prosperity. It is as if they are putting money in their own bank account knowing that it will yield a high interest rate. That is the psychology behind the US's involvement in such relief works. Now let's take a look at how this has happened over the course of the last half-century as well as how this applies to the situation in Haiti today. We have to be ready to pointedly expose the capitalist mind-set - whether such capitalists reside in the US, China, Mexico City, London, or New Delhi.
One critical example that is easily discernible is what happened in 1947 when India was divided. Up until that point India had similar capacities in the various states - just relatively small variances. But in 1947 Pakistan was created and Pakistan fell under the tutelage and so-called care of the USA. And now - sixty three years later, anyone can see the world of difference between India and Pakistan. India has grown in many regards: roads, education, industry, and so many other emerging arenas. In comparison, Pakistan is a beleaguered place ravaged by terrorism, killing, poverty, corruption and more. Such is the long-term effect of having relations with the US. Basically, wherever the US goes, whether it be Ethiopia, the Middle East, Mexico, or Haiti, the long-term results are never good for that nation. In the short-term, that country may receive relief money, arms, military training, or protection, but in the long-term they will be hobbled by US economico-cum-politico interests. That is the way it goes. We have all seen it time and again.
The way capitalist mind-set is like that of the slave owner and slave relation. The slave owner does not want to kill the slave as he needs work done, but at the same time he does not want that slave to become educated and independent either. So he gives the slave the bare minimum to survive and at the same time the slave will remain in a lowly, easily exploitable position. Similarly economically wealthy nations do the same with economically poorer nations. They want to use them as pawns for their own agenda. Hence "wealthy" nations are willing to help "poorer" nations. But their help is not help in the true sense of the term - rather top capitalists hobble those "poorer" nations. Such is the vaeshyan mentality. Baba says, "In the present world, capitalists accumulate increasing wealth and possessions for themselves, leaving others to suffer acute pangs of hunger. They force people to wear tattered rags so that they can parade in ostentatious clothing. To increase their own strength, they even suck the vital juice of others." (PNS-21)
We should be aware because the above scenario matches the situation now in Haiti. The US is giving huge money in aid to help Haiti but in truth the way that money is used will only further ensnare Haiti and keep Haiti totally dependent and in debt to the US. US capitalists are doing this out of their own self-interest. The US is motivated in such scenarios by its military strategy, gain of natural resources, financial power, and political interest. In particular, the US does not want Haiti to become a puppet of any other nation. Haiti is too close to the US and the last thing the US needs is for Haiti to become a second "problem state" like Cuba. So for military purposes and for the gain of natural resources, the US has great interest in keeping Haiti under its control. Haiti is the poorest nation in North America and right now the capital of Haiti and other areas are in ruins due to the natural calamity. The US has gone in under the pretenses of saving the people, but it is sure the their greater US aim is to protect their own interests. The US uses Haiti as a pawn in its capitalistic exploitative machinery. The money the US is giving now they will get back with interest. That is the way of the capitalist. * From 1990 to 2003, Haiti received more than $4 billion in aid. The United States alone had provided Haiti with 1.5 billion in aid. * In 2005 Haiti's total external debt reached an estimated US$1.3 billion, which corresponds to a debt per capita of US$169. And that debt to Haiti is now rising - and along the way the US has gotten and will continue to get all kinds of political and economic benefits. Consider this: the literacy rate in Haiti is 50%. That means half the country cannot read. Yet 80% of the college graduates from Haiti have emigrated to the US. Plus various poor Haitians emigrate as well. In total, there are at minimum 600,000 Haitians living in the US. So the US gives money to Haiti to protect the growth of its own workforce. The college educated elite of Haiti will become a purchased brains in the US economy and the hoards of poor Haitian who come to the US are needed sweep the streets, do the laundry, wash the windows and clean the toilets - i.e. cheap labor to do all the things that ordinary US citizens would refuse to do. So by giving Haiti money today, the US has much to gain - just like the slave owner. Plus giving aid is a great public relations stunt. Most of the common people get duped into thinking that the US really is generous.
Haiti is a proud nation with a glorious yet bloody history. Imperialistic nations like France and the US pummeled Haiti over the course of the last two centuries or more. Haiti fought hard for its independence in 1804 - so they have a long standing belief and desire for self-rule. Theirs was but a few short decades after the US independence (1776) and the French Revolution (1789). Even then, those very two nations, France and the US, pillaged, suppressed and ravaged Haiti to no end - never letting that nation out of their grip. The French bloodied the soil of Haiti through the 1800s and then came the US occupation from 1915 - 1934. Hundreds of thousands of innocent Haitian people died during these struggles. The country was just torn - never given the opportunity to grow. And when the US finally left in 1934, the Haitian island was far worse off than before the US arrival. In total, there have been 32 coups in Haiti in 200 years. Such is the instability, mostly hampered by outside agents. Today again we see the US involved in Haitian affairs. Instead of entering with swords and canons the US is coming with food, bandages, and emergency supplies. Tragically, although the tools are different and seem benign or even helpful, the result will be the same. Haiti will be bound by US capitalistic imperialism.
For these reasons and more Baba warns us to be aware about the negative ways of such capitalists and not get duped by the seeming US generosity with regards to the earthquake relief in Haiti. Baba says, "These capitalists are the unworthy sons and daughters of the Cosmic Father because they go against the principle of cosmic inheritance. They should be cured of their ailments. To fight capitalism is therefore within your goal. The seed of infinite expression lies within dharma, but you must nourish it. Capitalists create hindrances on the path of human beings to prevent them from becoming one with the cosmos – to prevent them from becoming great. So capitalism is anti-dharma and the actions of capitalists are also anti-dharma." (PNS-15)
All capitalist countries will do like this. They will do anything and everything to protect their own interests. They will not give help unless they think they have more to gain then those whom they are helping. That is their crooked mentality. Thus when the US is giving huge dollars and resources to Haiti, it must be kept in mind that the US is planning to get twice the return or more - i.e huge profit. Without that greedy incentive, the US would not act like "the good and generous neighbor". That is why many say that creating "friendships" with capitalistic nations like the US is just an invitation for ruination. That country being helped will not grow strong. It will neither become independent nor self-sufficient. Just it will be a pawn in the hands of those top capitalists, each day become more bound into slavery. There is not a single case where US built a better society in a country they "helped". Scan the globe and see for yourself: Iraq, Somalia, Cambodia, Mexico, Pakistan, and the list goes on and on. No place got the help they needed in order to stand on their own two feet. Rather each and every place was left in shambles once the US got its grand investment out of the deal.
By Baba's grace, He has entrusted us with the duty of helping liberate society from the heinous grip of the vaeshyan forces. To do that we must educate one and all about the greedy capitalist psychology and modus operendi. The supposed generosity of capitalistic nations like the US must be uncovered and the whole globe should be unshackled from the greedy initiatives of those vaeshyan masterminds. Then, armed with a proper ideology, society can and will progress. Baba says, "This vaeshya-dominated society exists even today, and as a consequence of exploitation, the viprian and ks'atriyan societies have degenerated to the level of shu'dras...No social class should dominate society. If one class is dominant the other classes will surely be exploited. Therefore everyone is to be guaranteed equal opportunities and equal rights. For the progress of humanity a harmonious adjustment in the society is essential...Cunning capitalists have built a fragile nest from their greedy intellect, just as the weaver bird builds a nest. In the collective interest of all human beings this nest must be smashed to pieces. Only then can human beings lead the entire society towards supreme good." (SS-1) Namaskar, Pradiip
*************************************** WT Conduct Rule: Dealings
Baba says, "Supervisory workers will have to take proper care of each of their supervised staff in all respects." (Pt #2 of 'Six Additional Rules') Note: This is a very significant rule but these days supervisory bosses are more focused on emptying the pockets of their subordinates. This is the only "care" they do. In future when standard of devotion in supervisory workers is higher, these rules are likely to be followed in which case the situation will be better.

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