On Friday 5th February 2016, Caturbhuja Prabhu and I went to see Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in Central Hall, Westminster, London, in precisely, the same place where the first United Nations meeting was held in October 1945, some 70 years ago, by the founding fathers of the UN. Caturbhuja Prabhu made all the necessary clearance checks for admittance and entrance to the main hall where Baroness Anelay was just finishing giving her speech to about 1500 people, many of whom were ambassadors and diplomats in their own countries, followed by Sir Jeremy Greenstock, who was just about to introduce H.E. Ban Ki-moon to the packed audience. In broken muffled English, Ban Ki-moon spoke for one hour and took questions afterwards. A few of the things he said were:-
- 125 million people are starving at the present time, that is, if they were all in one country it would be the 11th largest country in the world after Japan.
- Heads of state should stop keep coming up to me for their national interests, and think globally in the interests of everyone on the planet.
- If you put women on the board of your directors, you will make more profits, Forbes 500 companies survey found.
- 99% of the world’s wealth is owned by 1% of the world’s population, actually by just 62 people. Distribute your wealth.
- We, in the UK, have absolutely no idea of what is going in the world outside. I feel psychologically damaged every time I visit some of these countries. A one day trip there takes me 20 days to recover.
- For the first time ever, 150 Heads of state spontaneously got together in one day, the other day.
- We collected $10 billion in one day yesterday for Syria, in London. This is totally unprecedented.
- The UK is to be commended for its international charitable giving.
After the speech, Sir Jeremy wound up the proceedings and Caturbhuja and I (at about 12 noon) walked out the main hall to see if we could distribute my pocket-sized Bhagavad-gita to Ban Ki-moon personally. A lady from Chatham House said she would pass it onto the organizers to give to Ban Ki-moon, but after I gave her the book I was not very satisfied that Ban Ki-moon would actually get the book and read it. So I went in search of Caturbhuja again and when I met him, he said, ‘There will be another opportunity to see Ban Ki-moon at close quarters very shortly and you can give him your other Bhagavad-gita then.’
So we all filed out and went downstairs to a much smaller hall, room, and before I knew it I was face-to-face with Ban Ki-moon himself and shaking his hand a few times and then I offered him my Bhagavad-gita and he took it and said he would read it. I said, ‘Please read the page where I have put the marker Chapter 5 verse 29 – the peace formula.’ And then he passed the book to his security guards, who by now wanted to move me along, but I stood my ground and said I want to ask Ban Ki-moon a question, ‘How can I become a spiritual advisor to the United Nations?’ Ban said, ‘What field do you want to advise in?’ I said, ‘Spirituality’. (I think he may not have heard me say ‘spiritual’ when I said ‘spiritual advisor’ the first time.) He said, ‘There isn’t a field for that yet.’ I said, ‘We ought to have one now, don’t you think?’ And I left it at that .
Lord Krsna’s 3-step peace formula in Bhagavad-gita Chapter 5 Text 29 is :-
jnatva mam santim rcchati
which means if God is the creator of this whole material manifestation, then, logically, He must be its supreme proprietor or the owner of it, not us minute living entities, and then again if God has created this world, He would have done so for some reason, some purpose. Here Krsna explains that reason – for His unlimited pleasure. He is the supreme bhokta, the supreme enjoyer. And finally, Krsna explains that He wishes to share His opulences with His kind and lovable living entities, as the supreme friend of all living entities. So, as soon as we recognize God as, firstly, the supreme proprietor and secondly, as the supreme enjoyer of this world and thirdly, the supreme friend of all living entities, there is immediate peace in this world and no will want to encroach upon another’s property or life. This is the practical peace formula, that few will deny.
About the Firm
This proposal is in four parts, relating to the same location, as above. They are as follows:-
- I would like to create an environment where I can learn the Standard Books of Knowledge, the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the Dharmapada and the Vedic literature, where I can learn to worship the Deity, where I can learn how to give charity and accept charity and where I can learn to teach all the above, to others.
- In this same environment, I would like to learn to advise and train heads of state.
- Again in the same place, I would like to learn to grow my own food, milk my own cows, weave my own cloth, build my own shelter and chant Hare Krsna.
- Lastly, I would like to learn to produce everything that I need, and use everything I produce, by way of cottage industry: self-sufficiency in a nut-shell.
To this end, with the help of Barn Hill Conservation Group, Brent Council, my Community Mental Health Team, local organisations that I have been in touch with, friends, family, devotees and well-wishers, I would like to find out how I can be granted the necessary land at Bush Farm, Fryent Country Park, Kingsbury, London NW9 to achieve the above, and allow anyone who is interested, to do the same.
It is envisioned that a charity will be set up in the next few weeks for the above-mentioned project.
Karanodakasayi Visnu Dasa Adhikari or Man Mohan Gupta
on Friday, 30th November 2012 at 19.43hours
at 101, Marley Walk, Willesden Green, London, NW2 4PY.
Tel: 020-8450-9603, mobile: 07913-897-406.
The groups of people and organisations that are helping me with this Daiva sef-sufficiency Project are as follows:-
- The International Society for Krsna Consciousness
- Marley Walk Residents’ Association
- Queen’s Park Allotment under Capital Growth Programme
- Roe Green Walled Garden
- Barn Hill Conservation Group
- The Gaudiya Mission
- Sri Krsna Caitanya Mission
- Sri Narayana Maharaja’s Matha
- The Cooperative Bank
- CVS Brent
- West London Network
- Sustainable Brent
- Abi Associates, The Grange, Neasden
- The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
- Duddenhill Centre
- Willesden Medical Centre
- Brahma Kumaris
- Sindhi Community House, Cricklewood
- Brent Mind
- Brent Council
- Brent Labour Party
- Brent Housing Partnership
- My brother and carer, Rajendra Gupta, family, friends, relatives, well-wishers and devotees.
These are all people that I have been in touch with over the past month or so and have approved of the project in some shape or form.
I would be grateful if my Community Mental Health Team came on board also and advised me of the next course of action to be taken with regard to this project. I enclose a brief business plan for your perusal.
Typed up on Friday 14th December 2012 at 10 to 1pm.