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FTR #991 Hindutva Fascism, Part 4: The Hare Krishna Cult

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This broadcast was recorded in one, 60-minute segment.

Tulsi Gabbard and Hare Krishna fiance Abraham Williams

Introduction: This program continues our FTR series on Hindutva fascism (Hindu nationalist fascism). In previous programs, we highlighted key features of the governance of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose BJP is a political front for the RSS. Formed along the lines of Mussolini’s Blackshirts in 1925, the RSS was the organization that assassinated Mahatma Gandhi. (We have discussed Modi, the RSS and the BJP in numerous broadcasts, including FTR #’s 795, 889, 441, 442, 445, 988 and 989as well as 990.)

In past discussions of the RSS and BJP, we have noted the following:

  1. Modi’s political fortunes were boosted with support and apparent financing from Pierre Omidyar, who also helped finance the rise of the OUN/B fascist successor organizatios in Ukraine.
  2. Modi and his BJP are viewed with great favor by Breitbart kingpin, former Trump campaign manager and adviser Steve Bannon. A number of Trump’s business associates in India are associated with the BJP.
  3. Bernie Sanders’ prospective Vice-Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard helped arrange the details for Modi’s American visit and is networked with the RSS.
  4. Under Modi, anti-Muslim violence has dramatically accelerated, journalistic and civil free speech has been attenuated, opponents of the government have faced various forms of retaliation and oppression, journalists and activists critical of Modi/BJP/RSS have been murdered, a virulently anti-Muslim cleric has been appointed head of Uttar Pradesh (India’s largest province), voting machines have apparently been tampered with, and Indians have expressed positive feelings about martial law. BJP members have celebrated Gandhi’s murder.

In this broadcast, we explore the philosophy of the Hare Krishna cult at greater length. The above-mentioned Tulsi Gabbard is a member of this cult, as are:

  1. Her husband.
  2. Her in-laws.
  3. Her parents.
  4. Her congressional staff.

Hare Krishna cultist Tulsi Gabbard and Hindutva fascist Narendra Modi

Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders

Gabbard is highly regarded by Modi admirer Steve Bannon as well.

This program further details the Aryan/Hindu philosophy that inspired elements of esoteric Nazism.

Key points of interest/analysis include:

  1. Hare Krishna founder and chief guru Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada provided commentary on Hindu religious text “. . . . and often suggested that they had not actually been written by himself, but that God, Krishna, had revealed them to him. . . .” This was in order to “ . . . .underline the absolute position, superhuman qualities, and overall importance of the guru. [Basically, “guru” as “fuhrer”–D.E.] . . . .”
  2.  Bhaktivedanta Swami was fundamentally opposed to democracy. “So monarchy or dictatorship is welcome. . . . Personally, I like this position, dictatorship. Personally, I like this.”
  3. Bhaktivedanta Swami felt that Hinduism was in a “fallen state” and that only his discipline/teachings could restore it to its proper place. In our discussions with Peter Levenda, we have noted that fascism manifests a longing for a bygone time–one that never really existed.
  4. Fascist philosophies frequently invoke a by-gone, mythical “golden age,” which the fascist cadre in question will restore, after the corrupting forces have been neutralized. ” . . . . He too believed that in bygone ages a divine and scientific social system had existed in India, and like Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, he too founded a movement whose express mission was to reestablish what he often referred to as the “perfectional form of human civilization,” varnashram dharma. . . .” Note that “foreigners” or what would be termed in our society today “immigrants,” “migrants,” “Mexicans,”  or “Muslims” are blamed for this degeneration. ” . . . . . . . . Indian civilization on the basis of the four varnas and ashrams deteriorated because of her dependency on foreigners, or those who did not follow the civilization of varnasham. . . .”
  5. Bhaktivedanta Swami valued the traditional position of the Kshatriya warrior caste, to which the Nazi SS considered themselves as successors, according to Kevin Coogan’s brilliant analysis (in Dreamer of the Day: Francis Parker Yockey and the Postwar Fascist International.) “. . . . the kshatriyas should be taught how to fight also. There will be military training. There will be  training how to kill. Kshatriya students in the ISKCON varnashram college were to practice killing: ‘Just like Kshatriyas, they have to learn how to kill.’ . . . . There is no single instance where Bhaktivedanta Swami speaks about kshatriya training without mentioning killing. . . . ‘Learn to kill. No nonviolence. Learn to kill. Here also, as soon you’ll find, the Kshatriya, a thief, a rogue, unwanted element in the society, kill him. That’s all. Finish. Kill him. Bas. Finished. . . .” It is not that because the Kshatriyas were killing by bows and arrows formerly you have to continue that. That is another foolishness. If you have got . . . If you can kill easily by guns, take that gun. All the royal princes were trained up how to kill. . . . A Kshatriya, he is expert in the military science, how to kill. So the killing art is there. You cannot make it null and void by advocating nonviolence. No, That is required. Violence is also a part of the society. . . .”
  6. Tulsi Gabbard’s political vector may be evaluated against the background of Bhaktivedanta Swami’s prognostication that the Hare Krishna cult could infiltrate and take over a key political party and/or government in a democracy. Recall that he viewed democracy with utmost contempt. ” . . . . Bhaktivedanta also thought that he and his movement could take over some government and rule some part of the world: ‘However in Kali-yuga, democratic government can be captured by Krishna conscious people. If this can be done, the general populace can be made very happy.’ . . . .”
  7. Bhaktivedanta Swami’s teachings dovetail superbly with Nazi occult philosophy. ” . . . . Bhaktivedanta Swami, however, speaks extensively about ‘the Aryans’–at least twenty-five of his purports and over a hundred lectures and conversations contain lengthy elaborations on the topic. He places all those whom he calls ‘non-Aryan’ in a category similar to his ‘unwanted population,’ thus dividing humans into two groups: a large group of varna sankara  and non-Aryans on one side, and a small group of Aryans,  ie those who follow varnashram, on the other: ‘Those who traditionally follow these principles are called Aryans, or progressive human beings.’ ‘The Vedic way of life,’ he writes, ‘is the progressive march of civilization of the Aryans.’ ‘In the history of the human race, the Aryan family is considered to be the most elevated community in the world.’ . . . . In more than one fifth of his statements he clearly describes or defines them in racial terms: The Aryan family is distributed all over the world and is known as Indo-Aryan. The Aryans are white. But here, this side, due to climatic influence, they are a little tan. Indians are tan but they are not black. But Aryans are all white. And the non-Aryans, they are called black. Yes . . .”
  8. Bhaktivedanta Swami’s philosophy saw Europeans and Americans as part of, and extensions of, the Aryan race: ” . . . . So we all belong to the Aryan family. Historical reference is there, Indo-European family. So Aryan stock was on the central Asia. Some of them migrated to India. Some of them migrated to Europe. And from Europe you have come. So we belong to the Aryan family, but we have lost our knowledge. So we have become non-Aryan, practically. You French people, you are also Aryan family, but the culture is lost now. So this Krishna consciousness movement is actually reviving the original Aryan culture. Bharata. We are all inhabitants of Bharatavarsha, but as we lost our culture, it became divided.  So on the whole, the conclusion is that the Aryans spread in Europe also, and the Americans, they also spread from Europe. So the intelligent class of human being, they belong to the Aryans. Aryan family. Just like Hitler claimed that he belonged to the Aryan family. Of course, they belonged to the Aryan families. . . .”
  9. It should  come as  no surprise that Bhaktivedanta was pro-Hitler, viewing the Fuehrer as “a gentleman,” who had to kill the Jews because they were “financing” against him. “. . . . So these English people, they were very expert in making propaganda. They killed Hitler by propaganda. I don’t think Hitler was so bad [a] man. Hitler knew it [the atomic bomb] . . . .  He was gentleman. He said that ‘I can smash the whole world, but I do not use that weapon.’ The Germans already discovered. But out of humanity they did not use it. . . . The activities of such men are certainly very great . . . Therefore Hitler killed these Jews. They were financing against Germany. Otherwise he had no enmity with the Jews. . . . Therefore Hitler decided, ‘Kill all the Jews.’ . . . .”
  10.  An in-depth view of Bhaktivedanta Swami’s view of “shudras” reveals the deep racist/fascistic views of social class/caste. Described variously as “black” or “common,” shudras are the focus of deep ideological contempt. This should be seen against the background of the Aryan racial philosophy of Bhaktivedanta Swami. “. . . . ordinary people; the laborer class; once-born; the lowest class of men; non-Aryan; worker; the black man; he must find out a master; one who has no education; almost animal; just like a dog; he becomes disturbed; one who is dependent on others; they are ignorant rascals; unclean; equal to the animal; no training; fools, rascals. . .  According to his understanding, people of black or dark skin color, as well as native Americans, are shudras, are third-class, degraded, and less intelligent: ‘Shudras have no brain. In America also, the whole America once belonged to the Red  Indians. Why they could not improve? The land was there. Why these foreigners, the Europeans, came and improved? So Shudras cannot do this. They cannot make any correction. . . . A first-class Rolls Royce car, and who is sitting there? A third class negro. This is going on. You’ll find these things in Europe and America. This is going on. A first-class car and a third-class negro. . . .”
  11. Bhaktivedanta Swami did not feel that the black American slaves should be freed. ” . . . . Just like in America. The blacks were slaves. They were under control. And since you have given them equal rights they are disturbing, most disturbing, always creating a fearful situation, uncultured  and drunkards. What training they have got? . . .  That is best, to keep them under control as slaves but give them sufficient food, sufficient cloth, not more than that. Then they will be satisfied. . . . ‘So the Kiratas, they  were always slaves of the Aryans. The Aryan people used to keep slaves, but they were treating slaves very nicely.’ And that the Kiratas were Africans, he had explained many times: ‘Kirata means the black, the Africans.’ . . . .”
  12. Bhaktivedanta Swami had some “choice” things to say about women: ” . . . . Generally all women desire material enjoyment.Women in general should not be trusted. Women are generally not very intelligent. It appears that women is a stumbling block [sic] for self-realization. . . . Although rape is not legally allowed, it is a fact that a woman likes a man who is very expert at rape. When a husbandless woman is attacked by an aggressive man, she takes his action to be mercy. Generally when a woman is attacked by a man—whether her husband or some other man—she enjoys the attack, being too lusty. . . .”

We conclude with review Tulsi Gabbard’s networking with Modi, the BJP and the RSS:

  • Gabbard is also a big fan of Narendra Modi, having been involved with the planning of Modi’s U.S. visit and networking with BJP members: ” . . . . Gabbard, a strong supporter of Modi, is a Democrat Congresswoman from Hawaii. . . . She had spoken to Modi after his victory in the Indian general elections and congratulated him and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She has also been involved in the planning of Modi’s US visit and had last month met two BJP leaders Vijay Jolly and MP Rajyavardhan Rathore in that connection. . . .”
  • On a trip to India, Gabbard networked with both the BJP and the RSS, the Hindu nationalist/fascist party for which Modi’s BJP is a cat’s paw. (All of Modi’s cabinet appointments were drawn from the RSS. Modeled on the German Nazi Party and Mussolini’s blackshirts, the RSS killed Gandhi.): “. . . . Speaking at a fundraising event for the BJP in August 2014 . . . Gabbard said that Modi’s election victory was only possible because ‘people stood up, one by one by one by one, and said we will demand that this change occurs.’ . . . Gabbard was treated as royalty on her visit to India last year. As she hobnobbed with the Indian prime minister and foreign minister among others, The Telegraph, a Kolkata-based newspaper, called her ‘the Sangh’s mascot’ in the US. The Sangh, a moniker for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is a right-wing hindutva organisation and the ideological guardian of the BJP party that rules India now. . . .”

Program Highlights Include:

  • Review of the links between “esoteric Nazism,” the Hindu/Aryan myth.
  • Review of Savitri Devi, a key exponent of the Hindu Aryan myth.
  • Review of RSS founder V.D. Savarkar’s embrace of the “Aryan/Hindu” myth as it applied to the British colonial masters of India.

1a. Initially a revolutionary opponent of the British colonial authority, V.D. Savarkar underwent a metamorphosis, in which he came to . . . . hope for an Indo-British alliance based on a shared racial background that would transform the British Empire into the ‘Aryan Empire.’ . . . . he and other revolutionary leaders were now ready and willing to be friends of the British Empire if it equipped India with a form of government vital for her freedom. . . .”

Gandhi and the Unspeakable by James Douglass; Copyright 2012 by James Douglass; Orbis Books [HC]; ISBN 978-1-57075-963-5; p. 48.

. . . . During his solitary confinement at Port Blair, Savarkar’s ideology turned away from rebellion against the empire. In September 1914, he wrote a letter to the British government in India expressing his hope for an Indo-British alliance based on a shared racial background that would transform the British Empire into the “Aryan Empire.” He wrote that he and other revolutionary leaders were now ready and willing to be friends of the British Empire if it equipped India with a form of government vital for her freedom. . . .

1b. The essence and generation of the Nazi/Hindu/”Aryan” mythological dynamic is beyond the scope of the present program. We have covered it in, among other programs, FTR #172, dealing with Savitri Devi, the focal point of a recent BBC podcast. From the description to FTR #172:

From BBC Magazine, attached to the above-named podcast:

“Savitri Devi: the Mystical Fascist Being Resurrected by the Alt-Right” by Maria Margaronis; BBC Magazine; 10/29/2017.

Savitri Devi, a mystical admirer of Hitler and a cat-loving devotee of the Aryan myth, seemed destined to fade into obscurity after her death 25 years ago. But thanks to the rise of the extreme right, her name and her image now crop up online more and more, writes Maria Margaronis.

In 2012, browsing the website of Greece’s Golden Dawn party for an article I was writing, I stumbled on a picture of a woman in a blue silk sari gazing at a bust of Hitler against a blazing sunset sky.

What was this apparently Hindu woman doing on the site of an openly racist party devoted to expelling all foreigners from Greece? I filed her as a curiosity at the back of my mind, until the rising tide of extreme-right politics in Europe and America threw up the name “Savitri Devi” once again.

It isn’t hard these days to find discussions of Savitri Devi’s books on neo-Nazi web forums, especially The Lightning and the Sun, which expounds the theory that Hitler was an avatar – an incarnation – of the Hindu god Vishnu, and Gold in the Furnace, which urges true believers to trust that National Socialism will rise again. The American extreme-right website Counter-Currents hosts an extensive online archive of her life and work.

Her views are reaching a wider public, too, thanks to American alt-right leaders such as Richard Spencer and Steve Bannon, former Trump chief strategist and chair of Breitbart News, who have taken up the account of history as a cyclical battle between good and evil — a theory she shared with other 20th Century mystical fascists.

Dark metal bands and American right-wing radio stations also roar about the Kali Yuga, the Dark Age of Hindu mythology, which Savitri Devi believed that Hitler was once destined to bring to an end.

Who was Savitri Devi, and why are her ideas being resurrected now? Despite the sari and the name she was a European, born Maximiani Portas to an English mother and Greek-Italian father in Lyon in 1905.

From an early age, she despised all forms of egalitarianism. “A beautiful girl is not equal to an ugly girl,” she told an interviewer sent by the Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel in 1978.

Swept up by Greek nationalism, she arrived in Athens in 1923 at the same time as thousands of refugees displaced after Greece’s disastrous military campaign in Asia Minor at the end of World War One.

She blamed the Western allies for Greece’s humiliation, and for what she saw as the unjustly punitive terms imposed on Germany by the Treaty of Versailles. In Savitri’s mind, Greece and Germany were both victims, denied the legitimate aspiration of uniting all their people in one territory. That view, combined with a passionate anti-Semitism which she claimed she learned from the Bible, led her to identify herself early on as a National Socialist.

Hitler was Germany’s champion but, she said, his desire to eradicate Europe’s Jews and restore the “Aryan race” to its rightful position of power made him her “Fuhrer” too.

In common with anti-Semitic thinkers since the 18th century, Savitri blamed Judeo-Christianity for destroying the glory that was Greece and the Aryans’ mythical ancient utopia. In the early 1930s she sailed for India in search of a living version of Europe’s pagan past, convinced that the caste system, by forbidding intermarriage, had preserved pure Aryans there. (Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who visited India in the 1970s, shared her misconception.)

So unusual was the sight of a European woman travelling fourth class by train that she was placed under surveillance by the British colonial authorities. But Savitri had little to do with the British in India until World War Two, when she passed information she gleaned from them to the Japanese. She learned Indian languages, married a Brahmin (whom she believed to be an Aryan like herself), and forged an elaborate synthesis of Nazism and Hindu myth, in which Hitler was a “man against time” destined to bring about the end of the Kali Yuga and usher in a new golden age of Aryan supremacy.

Davitri Devi and focal points of her philosophy. Note the Nazi “Black Sun,” part of the emblem of the Ukrainian Azov Battalion.

In Kolkata in the 1930s, Savitri worked for the Hindu Mission, now a quiet neighbourhood shrine but in those days a centre for Hindu nationalist campaigning and missionary activity. The politicisation of India’s religious communities under the British had helped to foster the growth of the Hindutva movement, which argued that the Hindus were the true heirs of the Aryans and that India was an essentially Hindu nation.

Savitri offered her services to the Mission’s director, Swami Satyananda, who (like many Indians before independence) shared her admiration for Hitler and allowed her to mix Nazi propaganda with her talks on Hindu identity. She travelled the country lecturing in Hindi and Bengali, salting her talks about Aryan values with quotations from Mein Kampf.

In 1945, devastated by the fall of the Third Reich, she returned to Europe to work for its restoration. Her arrival in England is described in her book Long-Whiskers and the Two-Legged Goddess, a children’s fable whose heroine is a cat-loving Nazi like herself.

The heroine, Heliodora, “had no ‘human feelings’ in the ordinary sense of the word,” she wrote. “She had been, from her very childhood, much too profoundly shocked at the behaviour of man towards animals… to have any sympathy for people suffering on account of their being Jews.”

Savitri was always clear that she preferred animals to humans. Like Hitler, she was a vegetarian. She viewed the world as if from a great distance, caring more for what she saw as the deep patterns of nature than for human lives. Visiting Iceland, she spent two nights on the slopes of Mount Hekla as it erupted. “The original sound of creation is ‘Aum’,” she wrote. “The volcano says every two or three seconds, ‘AUM! AUM! AUM!’ And the Earth is trembling under your feet all the time.”

In 1948, Savitri managed to enter occupied Germany, where she distributed thousands of pro-Nazi leaflets, bearing the words: “One day we shall rise and triumph again! Hope and wait! Heil Hitler!”

Emblem of the Ukrainian Azov Battalion

She said years later that she was glad to be arrested by the British occupation authorities because it brought her closer to her jailed Nazi “comrades”. During her imprisonment, which was cut short by her husband’s intervention through the Indian government, she grew close to a former Belsen wardress condemned as a war criminal, “a beautiful-looking woman, a blonde of about my age.” Savitri’s sexuality has been the subject of some speculation. Her marriage to Asit Mukherjee was allegedly celibate because they were not of the same caste; the Nazi financier Francoise Dior, niece of the fashion designer, claimed to have been her lover.

In her later years, Savitri Devi returned to India, where she seemed to feel most at home. Living in a flat above a garage on a quiet Delhi street she devoted herself to the neighbourhood cats, going out every morning to feed them bread and milk bedecked in the gold jewellery traditionally worn by married Hindu women.

She died at a friend’s house in England in 1982. Her ashes were laid to rest with full fascist honours, purportedly next to those of American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell.

Savitri Devi herself is almost forgotten in India now, but the Hindu nationalism she espoused and helped to promote is in the ascendant, much to the concern of her nephew, the veteran left-wing journalist Sumanta Banerjee.

“In her book A Warning to the Hindus, which came out in 1939, she advised the Hindus to cultivate a ‘spirit of organised resistance throughout Hindudom,'” he says. “The targets of this resistance were the Muslims, who were a threat, according to her, to the Hindus. And this is the same fear that is being echoed today.”

Hindutva is the official ideology of Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which claims that Muslims and secularists have undermined the strength of the Hindu nation. Though the party’s official spokesmen condemn violence, the riots that led to the tearing down of the Babri Mosque at Ayodhya in 1992 and the current waves of attacks – sometimes fatal – by vigilante groups on Muslims and dissenters tell a different story.

In the US, racism, anti-communism and Christian fundamentalist notions about the impending apocalypse have together prepared the ground for the far right’s flirtation with occult Nazism and Hindu prophecies.

And as in India, the traditional ruling majority’s fear of losing power has been an effective recruiting tool.

“Since the middle of the Obama administration the single most important factor in the minds of people who joined the Tea Party was the idea that white people were being shoved aside,” says researcher and writer Chip Berlet. “The far right and organised white supremacist groups have both been buoyed up by fear among many white citizens in the United States that they’re being displaced and humiliated.”

Savitri Devi’s work forms part of the history of both India’s Hindu nationalists and the European and American extreme right. Her flamboyant, eccentric writings contain – unvarnished and uncensored – all their key ideas: that human beings can be divided into “races” which should be kept separate; that certain groups are superior to and more entitled than others; that these groups are under threat; and that the dark times in which we live will only end when they again take power, returning us to a mythical golden age.

2. Prabhupada (Bhaktivedanta Swami) provided commentary on Hindu religious text “. . . . and often suggested that they had not actually been written by himself, but that God, Krishna, had revealed them to him. . . .” This was in order to “ . . . .underline the absolute position, superhuman qualities, and overall importance of the guru. [Basically, “guru” as “fuhrer”–D.E.] . . . .”

This positioning is ideal from a fascist schematic perspective and will underscore the fascist nature of much of Bhaktivedanta Swami’s pronouncements.

The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of A Religious Transplant edited by Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand; Columbia University Press [HC]; Copyright 2004 by Columbia University Press; ISBN 0-231-12256-X; pp.113-114.

. . . . It appears that in order to formulate his own commentary on a given stanza of the Bhagavata Purana, he would first glance at the notes of two or three of the earlier commentators, paraphrase fragments of their glosses, and then add his own elaborations.  He called his commentaries “Bhaktivedanta purports” and often suggested that they had not actually been written by himself, but that God, Krishna, had revealed them to him. . . .

. . . . Not everything in the purports builds upon the earlier commentaries. There are many passages wherein Bhaktivedanta Swami clearly presents his own views—for example, when he dismisses the reports of the Moon landing in 1969, debates scientific theories like Darwin’s theory of evolution, or condemns contemporary culture and morals when discussing the miniskirt fashion. . . .

. . . . While the earlier commentaries also occasionally quote these aphorisms, Bhaktivedanta Swami employs them significantly more often, especially to underline the absolute position, superhuman qualities, and overall importance of the guru. [Basically, “guru” as “fuhrer”–D.E.] . . . .

 3a. Bhaktivedanta Swami was fundamentally opposed to democracy. “So monarchy or dictatorship is welcome. . . . Personally, I like this position, dictatorship. Personally, I like this.”

The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of A Religious Transplant edited by Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand; Columbia University Press [HC]; Copyright 2004 by Columbia University Press; ISBN 0-231-12256-X; pp. 367-369.

 “. . . .  The so-called democracy under party politics is nonsense. Monarchy . . . . I have said. That day I was in remarking that ‘This democracy is the government of the asses,’ because  the population are asses and they vote another ass to be head of the government.”

On some occasions, Bhaktivedanta Swami would denounce democracy as “demoncracy” or “demon-crazy.” Referring to Indira and Rajiv Gandhi, he asks ‘She and her son are the destiny of India? A woman and a debauch? They can do whatever they like. [Both Indiara and Rajiv Gandhi were eventually assassinated-D.E.] It’s a farce condition. That so-called democracy is nonsense ‘demoncracy.” Two months later he asserts that democracy had not yet arrived in India:

This democracy is a demon-crazy. It has no value. It is simply waste of time and effort and no feeling, demon-crazy. I do not know who introduced this. . . . Everyone is taking part in politics. What is this nonsense? It is meant for the Kshatriyas. They can fight and defend.” . . . .

. . . . In numerous purports in his Shrimad Bhagavatam he describes the advantages a varnashram-based monarchy would have over democratic govenments:

“ . . . . Monarchy is better than democracy because if the monarchy is very strong the regulative principles within the kingdom are upheld very nicely.

In such dealings, a responsible monarchy is better than a so-called democratic government in which no one is responsible to mitigate the grievances of the citizens, who are unable to personally meet the supreme executive head. . . .

. . . . The modern democratic system cannot be exalted in this way because the leaders elected strive only for power and have no sense of responsibility. . . .

. . . . Gradually the democratic government is becoming unfit for the needs of the people, and therefore some parties are trying to elect a dictator. A dictatorship is the same as a  monarchy, but without a trained leader. Actually people will be happy when a trained leader, whether a monarch or a dictator, takes control of the government and rules the people according to the standard regulations of the authorized scriptures.”

Statements like the last one, in which Bhaktivedanta Swami declares that he favors even a dictatorship above democracy, are by no means rare:

“So monarchy or dictatorship is welcome. . . . Personally, I like this position, dictatorship. Personally, I like this.”

3b. Bhaktivedanta’s views dovetail with those of the John Birch Society and the American far right.  . . . . Robert Welch had been the vice president in charge of sales for his brother’s company until 1956, when he left the business ‘to put his whole life into the fight against Communsm.’ He founded the John Birch Society in 1958. Like H.L. Hunt, Welch despised democracy and decried it as ‘merely a deceptive phrase, a weapon of demagoguery, and a perennial fraud,’ and claimed that it was ‘the worst of all forms of government.’ . . . .

General Walker and the Murder of President Kennedy by Jeffrey H. Caufield; Moreland Press [HC]; Copyright 2015 by Jeffrey H. Caufield; ISBN 13: 978-0-9915637-0-8; pp. 525-526.

 . . . . Robert Welch had been the vice president in charge of sales for his brother’s company until 1956, when he left the business “to put his whole life into the fight against Communsm.” He founded the John Birch Society in 1958. Like H.L. Hunt, Welch despised democracy and decried it as “merely a deceptive phrase, a weapon of demagoguery, and a perennial fraud,” and claimed that it was “the worst of all forms of government.” . . . .

4. Bhaktivedanta Swami felt that Hinduism was in a “fallen state” and that only his discipline/teachings could restore it to its proper place. In our discussions with Peter Levenda, we have noted that fascism manifests a longing for a bygone time–one that never really existed.

The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of A Religious Transplant edited by Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand; Columbia University Press [HC]; Copyright 2004 by Columbia University Press; ISBN 0-231-12256-X; p. 359.

 . . . . In “The Lowest of Mankind” he declares that 99.9 percent of all humans are morally despicable . . . because they do not follow the regulations of varnashram dharma. . . .

. . . . he argues in “Purity of Conduct” that Hinduism lost its special significance since varnashram dharma is no longer followed.

The Garbhadhan Samskara is also a checking method for restricting bastard children.

We do not wish to go into the details of the Garbhadhan Samskara or any such reformatory processes but if need be we can definitely prove that since we have stopped observing these reformatory processes—the whole Hindu society has lost its special significance in the matter of social and religious dealings. . .

5. Bhaktivedanta Swami’s teachings dovetail superbly with Nazi occult philosophy. ” . . . . Bhaktivedanta Swami, however, speaks extensively about ‘the Aryans’–at least twenty-five of his purports and over a hundred lectures and conversations contain lengthy elaborations on the topic. He places all those whom he calls ‘non-Aryan’ in a category similar to his ‘unwanted population,’ thus dividing humans into two groups: a large group of varna sankara  and non-Aryans on one side, and a small group of Aryans,  ie those who follow varnashram, on the other: ‘Those who traditionally follow these principles are called Aryans, or progressive human beings.’ ‘The Vedic way of life,’ he writes, ‘is the progressive march of civilization of the Aryans.’ ‘In the history of the human race, the Aryan family is considered to be the most elevated community in the world.’ . . . . In more than one fifth of his statements he clearly describes or defines them in racial terms: The Aryan family is distributed all over the world and is known as Indo-Aryan. The Aryans are white. But here, this side, due to climatic influence, they are a little tan. Indians are tan but they are not black. But Aryans are all white. And the non-Aryans, they are called black. Yes . . .”

The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of A Religious Transplant edited by Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand; Columbia University Press [HC]; Copyright 2004 by Columbia University Press; ISBN 0-231-12256-X; pp. 361-362.

 . . . . The sanskrit word aryah is not uncommon in the stanzas of the Bhagavata Purana

It is mainly used in the sense of “noble” or “respectable,” but never as a racial designation. Bhaktivedanta Swami, however, speaks extensively about “the Aryans”–at least twenty-five of his purports and over a hundred lectures and conversations contain lengthy elaborations on the topic. He places all those whom he calls “non-Aryan” in a category similar to his “unwanted population,” thus dividing humans into two groups: a large group of varna sankara  and non-Aryans on one side, and a small group of Aryans,  ie those who follow varnashram, on the other: “Those who traditionally follow these principles are called Aryans, or progressive human beings.” “The Vedic way of life,” he writes, “is the progressive march of civilization of the Aryans.” “In the history of the human race, the Aryan family is considered to be the most elevated community in the world.”

. . . . In more than one fifth of his statements he clearly describes or defines them in racial terms:

      The Aryan family is distributed all over the world and is known as Indo-Aryan.

The Aryans are white. But here, this side, due to climatic influence, they are a little tan. Indians are tan but they are not black. But Aryans are all white. And the non-Aryans, they are called black. Yes

Dravidian culture, Dravida. They are non-Aryans. Just like these Africans, they are not Aryans . . . . Shudras, black. So if a Brahmin becomes black, then he’s not accepted as Brahmin.

On other occasions Bhaktivedanta Swami presents a mixture of both racial and sociocultural views regarding Aryans, such as when he appealed to his young western audiences:

 So we all belong to the Aryan family. Historical reference is there, Indo-European family. So Aryan stock was on the central Asia. Some of them migrated to India. Some of them migrated to Europe. And from Europe you have come. So we belong to the Aryan family, but we have lost our knowledge. So we have become non-Aryan, practically.

 You French people, you are also Aryan family, but the culture is lost now. So this Krishna consciousness movement is actually reviving the original Aryan culture. Bharata. We are all inhabitants of Bharatavarsha, but as we lost our culture, it became divided.

 So on the whole, the conclusion is that the Aryans spread in Europe also, and the Americans, they also spread from Europe. So the intelligent class of human being, they belong to the Aryans. Aryan family. Just like Hitler claimed that he belonged to the Aryan family. Of course, they belonged to the Aryan families. . . .

6. Fascist philosophies frequently invoke a by-gone, mythical “golden age,” which the fascist cadre in question will restore, after the corrupting forces have been neutralized. ” . . . . He too believed that in bygone ages a divine and scientific social system had existed in India, and like Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, he too founded a movement whose express mission was to reestablish what he often referred to as the “perfectional form of human civilization,” varnashram dharma. . . .”

The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of A Religious Transplant edited by Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand; Columbia University Press [HC]; Copyright 2004 by Columbia University Press; ISBN 0-231-12256-X; pp. 362-363.

 . . . . Bhaktivedanta Swami used the expressions “Vedic  civilizaion,” “Aryan civilization,” and “varnashram dharma” as practically synonymous, and said that the purpose of his movement was “to make the people Aryan.” . . . .

 . . . . He too believed that in bygone ages a divine and scientific social system had existed in India, and like Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, he too founded a movement whose express mission was to reestablish what he often referred to as the “perfectional form of human civilization,” varnashram dharma. . . .

 7. More on the “degeneration” or “degradation” of Hindu society and the need to return to a mythological past. Note that “foreigners” or what would be termed in our society today “immigrants,” “migrants,” “Mexicans,”  or “Muslims” are blamed for this degeneration. ” . . . . . . . . Indian civilization on the basis of the four varnas and ashrams deteriorated because of her dependency on foreigners, or those who did not follow the civilization of varnasham. . . .”

The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of A Religious Transplant edited by Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand; Columbia University Press [HC]; Copyright 2004 by Columbia University Press; ISBN 0-231-12256-X; p. 365.

 . . . . Indian civilization on the basis of the four varnas and ashrams deteriorated because of her dependency on foreigners, or those who did not follow the civilization of varnasham. Thus the varnasharam system has now been degraded into the caste system. . . .

8. Like SS chief Himmler, occult fascist Evola saw the SS as the successors to the Kshatriya class (the Hindu warrior caste.) Seeing Germany and Europe as succumbing to “barbarian invasion,” Evola saw a pagan, anti-Christian mysticism as necessarily antithetical to the Judeo-Christian culture which, he felt, had led the West to decline before the “Bolshevik hordes” of the Soviet Union and the “chewing gum imperialism” of the United States.

Dreamer of the Day: Francis Parker Yockey and The Postwar Fascist International by Kevin Coogan; Autonomedia [SC]; copyright 1999; ISBN I-57027-039-2; pp. 320-321.

. . . . For years, Evola had been fascinated by knightly orders as expressions of the Kshatriya caste of warrior aristocrats. In the formal structure of the SS, he saw the precursor to a new Ordenstaat, a State ruled by an Order. He also understood the great advantages provided by medieval orders of chivalry due to their transnational composition. Crusading orders, like the Knights Templar and the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, were pan-European, with separate ‘national’ sections (‘langues,’ or tongues) unified through a Council presided over by a Grand Master. After the collapse of fascist state power, a new Order, an ‘invisible college’ of sorts, was needed not only to manipulate bank accounts and travel schedules but to have policy-making functions. Nor could it simply be run under the auspices of the Vatican, since Evola believed that Rome’s downfall had been caused by the acceptance of Christianity by the dominant faction of the Roman elite. The Emperor Constantine’s official embrace of the ‘gentle Nazarene’ in 313 A.D. had culminated, a hundred years later, in Alaric’s sack of Rome. With the American chewing-gum imperialists threatening in the West, and the new Huns sweeping in from the East, was the situation in1945 really so different? The Order was a vessel for those ‘Hermetic’ elements of the conservative Revolution, old ruling class, and new Nazi elite not entirely beholden to the political, cultural, and religious ‘Guelf’ wing of the European aristocracy which remained ideologically committed to the continued propagation of the ruling Christian mythology.

9. Bhaktivedanta Swami valued the traditional position of the Kshatriya warrior caste, to which the Nazi SS considered themselves as successors, according to Kevin Coogan’s brilliant analysis (in Dreamer of the Day: Francis Parker Yockey and the Postwar Fascist International.)

The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of A Religious Transplant edited by Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand; Columbia University Press [HC]; Copyright 2004 by Columbia University Press; ISBN 0-231-12256-X; pp. 366-367.

. . . . When asked by a disciple how the kshatriya training in the planned varnasharam college was to be organized, he replied:

“. . . . the kshatriyas should be taught how to fight also. There will be military training. There will be  training how to kill.”

Kshatriya students in the ISKCON varnashram college were to practice killing:

“Just like Kshatriyas, they have to learn how to kill. So practically, they should go to the forest and kill some animal. And if he likes, he can eat also.”

There is no single instance where Bhaktivedanta Swami speaks about kshatriya training without mentioning killing. While he might not have considered it to be the most important aspect of that education, he does stress this aspect:.

“ . . . . Some disturbing elements you can kill you can kill some tiger. Like that. Learn to kill. No nonviolence. Learn to kill. Here also, as soon you’ll find, the Kshatriya, a thief, a rogue, unwanted element in the society, kill him. That’s all. Finish. Kill him. Bas. Finished.

 It is not that because the Kshatriyas were killing by bows and arrows formerly you have to continue that. That is another foolishness. If you have got . . . If you can kill easily by guns, take that gun.

 All the royal princes were trained up how to kill.

 The killing is there, but the Brahmin is not going to kill personally. . . .

Only the Kshatriyas. The Kshatriyas should be so trained up.

 A Kshatriya, he is expert in the military science, how to kill. So the killing art is there. You cannot make it null and void by advocating nonviolence. No That is required. Violence is also a part of the society. . . .”

10. Tulsi Gabbard’s political vector may be evaluated against the background of Bhaktivedanta Swami’s prognostication that the Hare Krishna cult could infiltrate and take over a key political party and/or government in a democracy. Recall that he viewed democracy with utmost contempt. ” . . . . Bhaktivedanta also thought that he and his movement could take over some government and rule some part of the world: ‘However in Kali-yuga, democratic government can be captured by Krishna conscious people. If this can be done, the general populace can be made very happy.’ . . . .”

The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of A Religious Transplant edited by Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand; Columbia University Press [HC]; Copyright 2004 by Columbia University Press; ISBN 0-231-12256-X; p. 373.

Bhaktivedanta also thought that he and his movement could take over some government and rule some part of the world: “However in Kali-yuga, democratic government can be captured by Krishna conscious people. If this can be done, the general populace can be made very happy.” . . . .

11. It should  come as  no surprise that Bhaktivedanta was pro-Hitler, viewing the Fuehrer as “a gentleman,” who had to kill the Jews because they were “financing” against him. “. . . . So these English people, they were very expert in making propaganda. They killed Hitler by propaganda. I don’t think Hitler was so bad [a] man. Hitler knew it [the atomic bomb] . . . .  He was gentleman. He said that ‘I can smash the whole world, but I do not use that weapon.’ The Germans already discovered. But out of humanity they did not use it. . . . The activities of such men are certainly very great . . . Therefore Hitler killed these Jews. They were financing against Germany. Otherwise he had no enmity with the Jews. . . . Therefore Hitler decided, ‘Kill all the Jews.’ . . . .”

The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of A Religious Transplant edited by Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand; Columbia University Press [HC]; Copyright 2004 by Columbia University Press; ISBN 0-231-12256-X; pp. 369-370.

“. . . . So these English people, they were very expert in making propaganda. They killed Hitler by propaganda. I don’t think Hitler was so bad [a] man.

 Hitler knew it [the atomic bomb] . . . . everything, but he did not like to do it. . . . He was gentleman. But these people are not gentlemen. He knew it perfectly well. He said that ‘I can smash the whole world, but I do not use that weapon.’ The Germans already discovered. But out of humanity they did not use it.

 Sometimes he becomes a great hero—just like Hiranyakashipu and Kamsa, or, in the modern age, Napoleon or Hitler. The activities of such men are certainly very great . . .

Therefore Hitler killed these Jews. They were financing against Germany. Otherwise he had no enmity with the Jews. . . . And they were supplying. They want interest money–”Never mind against our country.” Therefore Hitler decided, “Kill all the Jews.” . . . .

12. An in-depth view of Bhaktivedanta Swami’s view of “shudras” reveals the deep racist/fascistic views of social class/caste. Described variously as “black” or “common,” shudras are the focus of deep ideological contempt. This should be seen against the background of the Aryan racial philosophy of Bhaktivedanta Swami. “. . . . ordinary people; the laborer class; once-born; the lowest class of men; non-Aryan; worker; the black man; he must find out a master; one who has no education; almost animal; just like a dog; he becomes disturbed; one who is dependent on others; they are ignorant rascals; unclean; equal to the animal; no training; fools, rascals. . .  According to his understanding, people of black or dark skin color, as well as native Americans, are shudras, are third-class, degraded, and less intelligent: ‘Shudras have no brain. In America also, the whole America once belonged to the Red  Indians. Why they could not improve? The land was there. Why these foreigners, the Europeans, came and improved? So Shudras cannot do this. They cannot make any correction. . . . A first-class Rolls Royce car, and who is sitting there? A third class negro. This is going on. You’ll find these things in Europe and America. This is going on. A first-class car and a third-class negro. . . .”

The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of A Religious Transplant edited by Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand; Columbia University Press [HC]; Copyright 2004 by Columbia University Press; ISBN 0-231-12256-X; pp. 371-373.

 . . . . On the whole, Bhaktivedanta Swami’s attitude toward shudras appears to be rather negataive. While he depicts the other three varnas in positive or at least neutral terms. His description of shudras sounds harsh, spiteful, and condescending. Most of his remarks begin with the words “Shudra(s) means,” typically followed by:

“. . . . ordinary people; the laborer class; once-born; the lowest class of men; non-Aryan; worker; the black man; he must find out a master; one who has no education; almost animal; just like a dog; he becomes disturbed; one who is dependent on others; they are ignorant rascals; unclean; equal to the animal; no training; fools, rascals. . . .”

. . . . According to his understanding, people of black or dark skin color, as well as native Americans, are shudras, are third-class, degraded, and less intelligent:

 “Shudras have no brain. In America also, the whole America once belonged to the Red  Indians. Why they could not improve? The land was there. Why these foreigners, the Europeans, came and improved? So Shudras cannot do this. They cannot make any correction.

A first-class Rolls Royce car, and who is sitting there? A third class negro. This is going on. You’ll find these things in Europe and America. This is going on. A first-class car and a third-class negro. That’s all.

But his bodily feature, he was a black man. The black man means Shudra. The Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, they were not black. But the Shudras are black. . . .

. . . . It looks like Bhaktivedanta Swami considered having black skin color and being evil to be closely related features. He certainly considered black people to be ugly: “Such action of the cupid is going on even on the negroes and beastly societies  who are ugly looking in the estimation of the civilized nations.”

In a February 1977, less than a year before his death, Bhaktivedanta Swami expressed regret about the fact that America had abolished slavery. In a room conversation, which later received the title “Varnashram System Must Be Introduced,” he referred to African Americans as follows:

“Shudra is to be controlled only. They are never given to be freedom [sic!]. Just like in America. The blacks were slaves. They were under control. And since you have given them equal rights they are disturbing, most disturbing, always creating a fearful situation, uncultured  and drunkards. What training they have got? They have got equal right? That is best, to keep them under control as slaves but give them sufficient food, sufficient cloth, not more than that. Then they will be satisfied.” . . . .

It was probably not at all unusual for Bhaktivedanta Swami to reason in these ways, for, as he had once  told his disciples: “So the Kiratas, they  were always slaves of the Aryans. The Aryan people used to keep slaves, but they were treating slaves very nicely.” And that the Kiratas were Africans, he had explained many times: “Kirata means the black, the Africans.” . . . .

13. Bhaktivedanta Swami had some “choice” things to say about women:

The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of A Religious Transplant edited by Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand; Columbia University Press [HC]; Copyright 2004 by Columbia University Press; ISBN 0-231-12256-X; p. 123.

. . . . While Bhakivedanta Swami often made generalizing statements regarding Mayavadins, he issued even more such broad generalizations about women:

Generally all women desire material enjoyment.Women in general should not be trusted.

Women are generally not very intelligent.

It appears that women is a stumbling block [sic] for self-realization.

Other statements that are not supported by the earlier commentators are Bhaktivedanta Swami’s views on rape:

Although rape is not legally allowed, it is a fact that a woman likes a man who is very expert at rape.

When a husbandless woman is attacked by an aggressive man, she takes his action to be mercy.

 Generally when a woman is attacked by a man—whether her husband or some other man—she enjoys the attack, being too lusty. . . .

14. As discussed in FTR #’s 941 and 942, former Deputy Chair of the DNC, Bernie Sanders backer and prospective Vice President Tulsi Gabbard, her parents, her husband, her inlaws and her congressional staff are members of this cult! Here is her fawning tribute to Bhaktivedanta Swami, the ripe piece of fruit whose philosophy we detailed above.

Tulsi Gabbard, Cult Born And Raised.

15. The program reviews networking between the milieux of Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard and Narendra Modi:

  • Trump’s Indian partners in his real estate projects overlap the milieu of Modi’s BJP (a cat’s paw for the Hindu nationalist and fascist party the RSS.) ” . . . . Mr. Trump’s partner in the Trump Tower Mumbai is the Lodha Group, founded by Mangal Prabhat Lodha, vice president of the Bharatiya Janata Party — currently the governing party in Parliament — in Maharashtra State. The Lodha Group has already negotiated with the United States government; it announced a landmark purchase of a property, known as the Washington House, on tony Altamount Road, from the American government for 3.75 billion rupees, almost $70 million. His partner in an office complex in Gurgaon, near New Delhi, is IREO, whose managing director, Lalit Goyal, is the brother-in-law of a Bharatiya Janata member of Parliament, Sudhanshu Mittal. Mr. Mittal, in an interview, has denied having any connection with the real estate company. . . .”
  • Trump Considered Gabbard for a cabinet position: “. . . . Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a high-profile Bernie Sanders supporter during the Democratic primaries, is “under serious consideration” for various Cabinet positions in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, according to a senior official on the transition team. According to the official, the 35-year-old Hawaii congresswoman is being looked as a candidate for secretary of state, secretary of defense or United Nations ambassador. If selected, Gabbard will be the first woman as well as the youngest pick for Trump’s Cabinet. . . .”
  • Trump’s “alt-right” advisor Steve Bannon is a fan of Gabbard’s: ” . . . .  Stephen Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, reportedly likes Gabbard because of her stance on guns, refugees and Islamic extremism along with her ability to invoke strong anti-establishment populist sentiment on the left. . . .”
  • Bannon is also a fan of Narendra Modi and has followed his political rise closely: ” . . . . Mr. Trump may be largely indifferent to the reasons behind his Hindu loyalists’ fervor, but his most senior advisers are not. The campaign’s chief executive, Stephen K. Bannon, is a student of nationalist movements. Mr. Bannon is close to Nigel Farage, a central figure in Britain’s movement to leave the European Union, and he is an admirer of India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist Mr. Bannon has called ‘the Reagan of India.’ It may be pure coincidence that some of Mr. Trump’s words channel the nationalistic and, some argue, anti-Muslim sentiments that Mr. Modi stoked as he rose to power. But it is certainly not coincidental that many of Mr. Trump’s biggest Hindu supporters are also some of Mr. Modi’s most ardent backers. . . .”
  • Gabbard is also a big fan of Narendra Modi, having been involved with the planning of Modi’s U.S. visit and networking with BJP members: ” . . . . Gabbard, a strong supporter of Modi, is a Democrat Congresswoman from Hawaii. . . . She had spoken to Modi after his victory in the Indian general elections and congratulated him and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She has also been involved in the planning of Modi’s US visit and had last month met two BJP leaders Vijay Jolly and MP Rajyavardhan Rathore in that connection. . . .”
  • On a trip to India, Gabbard networked with both the BJP and the RSS, the Hindu nationalist/fascist party for which Modi’s BJP is a cat’s paw. (All of Modi’s cabinet appointments were drawn from the RSS. Modeled on the German Nazi Party and Mussolini’s blackshirts, the RSS killed Gandhi.): “. . . . Speaking at a fundraising event for the BJP in August 2014 . . . Gabbard said that Modi’s election victory was only possible because ‘people stood up, one by one by one by one, and said we will demand that this change occurs.’ . . . Gabbard was treated as royalty on her visit to India last year. As she hobnobbed with the Indian prime minister and foreign minister among others, The Telegraph, a Kolkata-based newspaper, called her ‘the Sangh’s mascot’ in the US. The Sangh, a moniker for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is a right-wing hindutva organisation and the ideological guardian of the BJP party that rules India now. . . .”

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