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81- Politics 


1. Is the present administration unfavorable to the worship of Hari?


May our present empress Srimati Queen Victoria continue to rule freely over India without anxiety. May we continue to relish and preach the pure Vaisnava religion without anxiety under her administration. (Sajjana Tosanl 4/1)


2. How can the friendship between Englishmen and Indians remain intact?


Friendship between Englishmen and Indians is natural. The English are Aryans and the Indians are Aryans. Therefore, relationship between them is brotherly. Where is that natural brotherly affection? Because the Englishmen have become our rulers, why should the natural propensity between us be lost? Actually, the Indians are elder brothers to the younger Englishmen. When the younger brother matures and becomes competent, taking over the family responsibilities, the elder brother has usually become old and therefore weak. Therefore, he lovingly accepts his subordination at the hands of his younger brother. What is wrong with that? When we were young, we also displayed authority over other castes. Now due to old age, we are incapable. Therefore, what could be more pleasing than to spend our lives under the care of our younger brothers? What could be more fortunate than blessing our younger brothers and constantly relishing the nectar from the ever-blissful lotus feet of Hari? The younger brothers will always  protect us from all disturbances. We no longer have to undergo miseries on the battlefield. We will sit at home and chant Hari's holy names. If while working hard for the family the younger brothers sometimes become dissatisfied and express anger, then we as elder brothers will tolerate them and make them happy again by our sweet words and affectionate dealings. In this way,  we will command their respect. We will not fail to commit monetary help to the best of our ability to our younger brothers if they ever require such help in the course of fulfilling their family duties. We will follow the same procedure for showing affection a well-to-do pious householder would show to his younger brother. We will never display opposition. O my nationalistic brothers! This is my advice to you. Please act in this way. (Sajjana Tosanl 2/5)


3. Is it possible to attain peace and prosperity in human life if there is enmity between Indians and Englishmen?


I appeal to both the Englishmen, who are endowed with good qualities and power, and my fellow Indians. O brothers! Give up your enmity. There is no profit in it. If you give up your aversion to one another, then my well-known Santi-devi, the goddess of peace, will award you with happiness. Everyone hankers after happiness. Find that happiness in the shelter of the goddess of peace. Originally all human beings were brothers. The Supreme Personality of Godhead does become pleased by your mutual aversion. You are all spirit souls. We are all constantly afflicted by various miseries, accidents, and scarcities. If we maintain universal brotherhood we can decrease our miseries to some extent. By mutual cooperation, fulfillment of scarcities, and by joint effort, natural calamities can be taken care of. If we oppose one another in such a situation, then there is no hope of mitigating the miseries. Happiness will leave the world forever. Therefore, O brothers, give up envy, hatred, and false ego, and love one another. (Sajjana Tosanl 2/5)


4. Can the former glory of the Indians be protected, even if they refrain from war?


Due to old age, the Indians have retired from fighting in wars. Still, they are living happily by acting as instructors of the other castes. (Caitanya-siksamrta 2/3)


5. What kind of war do religious scriptures approve?


All wars to expand one's kingdom are unlawful and harmful to the world. No war other than extremely legitimate war has been recommended in religious scripture.

(Sajjana Tosanl 2/5)