Thursday, 1 December 2011

Vote for Krishna

Saturday, 18 May 1974

Melbourne's Age "Quote of the Week" cited Sabhapati's reply to the question "What's the first thing you would do if you're elected to the House of Representatives?"

Sabhapati's answer was to the point: "I would abolish the bar in Parliament House -- how can you rule the country if you're intoxicated?"

The results of the Federal Elections, although not exciting, showed promise. Out of 52,982 possible votes, Sabhapati received 593 -- including 134 absent votes and 68 postal votes -- a total of a little over one per cent.

Sabhapati was not immediately inclined to continue his political career, but was satisfied that he had put in a good effort. It would take some time, he reasoned, for Krsna consciousness to become widely accepted amongst the community, who, on the whole, were still addicted to so many bad habits.

When news of the election results were later brought to Srila Prabhupada's attention, however, he was very positive and encouraging. As usual, Prabhupada saw from a unique, transcendental perspective. Those persons who had supported Sabhapati, he explained, had made tangible, spiritual advancement which would accrue and benefit them immensely in the future. Thus, despite apparently small results, the campaign had yielded positive spiritual gain.

"Every vote," Prabhupada explained with confidence, "was a vote for Krsna."

- From "The Great Transcendental Adventure" by HG Kurma Prabhu

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