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$.178 Billion Lawyer Fee for Single Court Case

Date: Sun 05 Sep 2010 22:08:36 To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: $.178 Billion Lawyer Fee for Single Court Case From: "Ishvara" Baba "A'so na', ja'o na' kabhu, chile, a'cho, tha'kibe tumi..." (P.S. 590) Baba, You neither come nor go. You were, You are, and You will remain forever with everyone. You are liila personified; You go on playing Your liila like this. In the last so many millions and millions of years, those who were existing in Your infinite bosom, still today they are and they will remain there. Everyone's abode is within You. And whoever will come in future up to thousands and millions of years, they will also never get destroyed. They will always remain within You. Having everyone together You go on playing Your liila in this beginningless to endless way. Baba, because of this Your infinite quality I do sastaunga pranam again and again at Your lotus feet. Those who are millions of light years away from You, they will also never be lost in oblivion. They are dancing within You. With Your love You are tying everyone close to You. Baba, because of Your infinite charm and grace my whole existence is surrendered at Your alter...
Namaskar, In the aftermath of the Twin Towers attack, i.e. 9/11, thousands of rescue workers arrived to the scene to help those trapped inside - in that course some rescuers died and many got sick, hurt or injured. In the aftermath, years later, 10,000 people now claim illnesses from rescue, recovery and debris removal following the attack. Such victims suffered from all kinds of health hazards and diseases like blood cancer, severe asthma, upper respiratory illnesses, lung cancer, throat cancer and so many other horrible conditions and syndromes. Indeed their lives were devastated and totally ruined: They lost their jobs, suffered innumerable health problems like cancer and depression, became alienated, and underwent mental anxiety and economic hardship. In order to get compensation from the government, those 10,000 people collectively filed a court case. And government awarded them 712.5 million dollars in total. Immediately, the law firm demanded $237 million ($237,000,000 or 1/4 of a billion dollars) from the victims - an absolutely huge amount whereas, on average, each victim will receive just $53,450. Needless to say there is a huge disparity between the lawyer fees and what those victims were awarded. If those lawyers were true human beings their hearts would have been touched by the pain, agony and torment of those victims - as their lives will never be the same again - and with that sympathy those lawyers would have accepted a small fee or donated their time entirely. Instead those lawyers are demanding and getting a lion's share of the settlement amount. Not only are they unsympathetic but they are exploiting the situation to a maximal degree. Baba says the following about the mentality of such lawyers.
Baba says, "The popular allegation that lawyers earn their living by deceiving others and by encouraging litigation...we can say that in general most lawyers would like disputes in society to continue." (HS-1) In His above teaching, Baba clearly states that lawyer thrive on social discord because by this way they earn more money. Similarly, those lawyers in the 9/11 case are eager for human disasters and accidents as they are able to earn a hefty fee. And indeed Baba's below story leads in this same direction. Baba says, "After the abolition of the zamindary system in a certain state of India, a lawyer complained to me, “Before the abolition of the zamindary system, there were constant lawsuits between one zamindar and another as well as between a zamindar and the people under his jurisdiction, and we used to earn money from this. But now the people who used to be under the jurisdiction of a zamindar do not have to come to court, and the number of civil and criminal cases has declined.”...the nature of his profession encouraged him to support disturbances, feuds and murder." (HS-1) Hence, just as the lawyer in Baba's above example benefited from the exploitative era of that old zamindary system and craved disputes between the zamindars in order to make money, the lawyers in the aforementioned 9/11case viewed that human catastrophe as an opportunistic moment to secure a huge fee of 237 million dollars.
Here below Baba describes more about how many lawyers earn a living. According to Baba, very often, lawyers earn money in two basic ways. In the first approach, they get guilty people acquitted. Baba says, "Though they understand the magnitude of their clients’ crimes, competent lawyers, due solely to financial greed, use their intelligence and clever arguments to get criminals honourably acquitted. Such actions certainly do not help to preserve the purity of society. Are not those who lead society into the quagmire of sin in order to further their individual interest and for financial gain as guilty as criminals? If, in the eyes of the law, associating with evil people is regarded as an evil, the attempt to help criminals avoid corrective most certainly an antisocial action." (HS-1) Thus Baba groups such lawyers as being "as guilty as criminals". In the next category, Baba states how lawyers get innocent people charged with a crime. Baba says, "Sometimes criminal leaders derive sadistic satisfaction from seeing innocent people victimized. Cunning lawyers, when they become directly responsible for the victimization of innocent people, definitely commit a greater crime than criminals." (HS-1) Those lawyers who resort to this nasty tactic are actually worse than criminals, according to Baba.
Now let's revisit what has occurred in this recent 9/11 court case. So many rescuers suffered terribly and their lives have been shattered. In response, the judge issued a $712.5 million verdict for the 10,000 workers who claim illnesses from rescue, recovery and debris removal following the attack. It sounds like a perfect outcome as those suffering will get much needed economic support. But those lawyers immediately demanded $237 million, or 1/4 of billion dollars. That is an absolutely huge amount of money. Seeing this, the judge admonished the law firm and ruled that they should "only" get 25% of the settlement, not the usual 33%. Thus in the end the legal team got $178 million. If we look at the big picture, it is quiet evident that the judge hardly changed the lawyer fees at all. $178 million is still an outrageous amount of money for one single case. That means those lawyers received exponentially more than the victims. Because there were 10,000 victims who suffered terrible due to 9/11 and they were awarded peanuts in comparison to those lawyers. The victims who suffered major or life-threatening health problems received on average 53,450, a mere fraction of near quarter billion dollars given to those lawyers. That law firm earned 3,330 times what each victim got. That's right not double or triple but 3,330 times more than the amount given to the victims. And what about this: those victims with no qualifying injury but who fear becoming sick received $3,250. In that case the lawyers earned 5,375 times what those victims got. In their entire lifetime, after working 40 years, the average American will never save 1 million dollars, yet in one court case that law firm received 178 million dollars. Perhaps the most dramatic point of all is that the entire US and the American court system has tremendous sympathy for those who suffered from the 9/11 attacks, hence those lawyers did not have to work hard on that case. It was inevitable that those victims would receive a big verdict. In fact, there was probably no need for a law team at all. But now that law firm is taking 178 millions dollars from the victims verdict - that is money which those victims will not get. The fact that the judge reduced the legal fee from 33% ($237 million) to 25% ($172 million) was just a token action. It hardly changed anything. That firm is profiting greatly from others' suffering. In certain circumstances, Baba says lawyers do indeed have work in the society such as bringing culprits into justice. But in this case that opportunistic law firm is taking $`178 millions dollars from those who suffered terribly and will suffer so long as they are alive. The outcome of the case was obvious - it was a winning case from the outset. The lawyers involved need not do much or convince anybody. Already the plaintiffs (i..e those 9/11 victims) had the sympathy of the entire American public. Such lawyers are themselves criminals for taking money away from those suffering victims. Baba in no way supports such astronomical lawyering fees. Such greedy lawyers are exploiting humanity and the judge involved did not stop this from happening by reducing the fee by a mere 8 percentage points. Let us once again review Baba's teaching: Baba says, "The popular allegation that lawyers earn their living by deceiving others and by encouraging litigation..." (HS-1)
By Baba's grace He is setting a new pathway in all realms of life - include law and the way lawyers operate. The present manner - wherein lawyers create social discord and tension in order to get a big salary or rake in huge profits on human suffering like the 9/11 case - is not to be tolerated. By educating the public about Ananda Marga ideals, such injustices and exploitation will come to a halt. Lawyers will not be granted scope to get such payments - rather people will understand such lawyers for whom they are. Baba says, "People’s means of livelihood should not depend on the quarrel of individuals, as in the case of lawyers. Lawyers usually set one person against another and in this way they serve their personal interests...the scriptures stipulate that people should not accept food from such people, because their occupations are despicable." (SS-11) Namaskar, Ishvara
At present, now in the USA, most high government officials are lawyers. Here Baba points out their self-serving ways. Baba says, "Most of them [lawyers] do not aim to serve their country but simply to solve their personal problems. They think, “It would be good if I could further my political ambition. One day I may be elected a member of parliament or even become a minister. If this does not happen it does not matter, because my work situation will still improve due to the political support of my party.” Today educated people can easily understand the motives behind their fiery lectures. Very little investigation is required to reveal that in democratic countries politics is full of lawyers who were unable to secure briefs. No other profession than this has so much scope to exploit people in the name of public service." (HS-1)
********************************************* Ajapa - Japa & Adhyana - Dhyana
Baba says, "If a man constantly chants his japa mantra or meditates ceaselessly, then the rhythm of this japa, the rhythm that adores the Guru during dhyana, will act as auto-suggestion during the time of sleep, although he does not remember it...A sadhaka with this capacity continues his dhyana and japa even in sleep. This kind of japa is called "Ajapa' Japa"; that is to say, without performing japa, one is actually performing it. And it is called "Adhya'na' Dhyana", which means that without actually meditating, the act of meditation is going on." (YP, 1991 Edn, p. 150-51)

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