What Is Your Answer to Genocide?
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Indian man: I am very much thankful to you for giving this divine knowledge to our crippled people, who are suffering in this material world. But... And I'm also convinced by this of (indistinct) of Kṛṣṇa. I am somewhat surprised, and I feel very much grateful about... Or the world, it is not grateful for Kṛṣṇa consciousness(?). And there were many Kṛṣṇa devotees in that part of the world which is now called Bangladesh. And millions of Kṛṣṇa devotees, all sons of Kṛṣṇa, are being butchered by the (indistinct) of their family or... I'm talking about West Pakistan. What is your answer to this sort of the genocide, or greatest man-made disaster?

Prabhupāda: That is going on since the creation. How can you stop it? The history repeats itself. This butchering, this attack by one country by another or by one king to another, that is going on. This is the nature; therefore it is called duḥkhālayam aśāśvatam (BG 8.15). This is a place simply for suffering. Therefore everyone's business is how to get out of it. You cannot stop what is going on in Bangladesh. It may be in Bangladesh or it may be in Vietnam or it may be in some other places—this is nature's law; it will go on. You cannot stop it.

The best thing is to get out of the scene. That is your business. You cannot stop it. Even if you show sympathy, that is useless. Because this is the way of nature. Yadā yadā hi dharmasya glānir bhavati... (BG 4.7). Paritrāṇāya sa..., vināśāya ca duṣkṛtām (BG 4.8). The vināśa (annihilation) is there. The two things are going on: maintenance and dissolution, and creation.

So you cannot stop the process. And in the Bhagavad-gītā it is said, yaṁ hi na vyathayanty ete puruṣaṁ puruṣarṣabha (BG 2.15): all these ephemeral things which come and go, if one is not disturbed by all these things, then he is the right candidate for liberation.

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, London, August 3, 1971)
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