Politicians are elected leaders of the society or a country. We find hardly any politician today following the principles of Truth. If there is a stray politician who wishes to be truthful, the majority will soon reject him. Is there any one who is not a victim of lust, greed or name and fame? How can a man serve under any one of these gates to hell as referred to by the Gita and all other religions?
Most grow extremely rich during their tenure. Corruption, deception and
lies are openly known, but little is done or can be done by the ignorant
masses who support the system. They replace one bad system by another,
and therefore, find no difference in the state of the country. Who is
prepared to sacrifice his life for others? When Lincoln so nobly spoke
of a government of the people, by the people and for the people, he
truly prescribed the creed, but it remains only in philosophy today.
How can a lustful, greedy man who cares for wealth, pleasures and name
and fame sacrifice for others? Rather, he sacrifices others.
Politics without principles is truly a sin that is openly acceptable
under the burden of the system. Instead of man ruling the system or
society, they rule him. Yet, we find many justifications
and excuses to continue with the same old system. Can our "progress" do
something about solving this menace remains to be answered.
Spirituality can certainly help us resolve this problem, but
unfortunately, it is divorced from everyday dealings. Religions and
rituals have taken over to propagate "not rocking the boat."
When Krishna, Buddha, Mahavir, Jesus and other prophets tried to rock
the boat, they were openly despised in their times. Yet, they alone
have pointed out a way to solve all our problems -- only if we listen to
them and follow them, only if we can sacrifice ourselves for our own
ultimate good and the good of all. Politics can be a clean, noble and respectable profession, and it should be. Politicians have great
responsibilities, not only to their electorate, but to their own
conscience. That Infinite Power, though tolerant, will demand justice
sooner or later from each one of us. Let us hope that vanity may not
rule our hearts, rather true love may shine through every creature as
this is our real nature.
Love is God and god or love is ingrained in
all of us Eternally. Without true love we are no different than other
creatures. Man alone is endowed with this awareness that he can be
Godlike and no branch of our life should be devoid of love of God, not
withstanding politics, which provides the maximum opportunity for selfless