Yogi Bhajan on America's Defective Democracy
Yogi Bhajan speaking in Espanola, New Mexico, November 26-28, 1982
For the last six months, I get up in the morning with a feeling: I have lost my job. What I will do? I have nothing to eat. Where I will go? I don't dream, but it was so real. So I would get up in the morning and put the chant at “Har bolo, Har bolo” and listen to it, but the feeling was very sure, very deep.
One day in the afternoon, I was sitting in Guru Ram Das Ashram and I said, “What job? Who am I? What is going on?” So I decided next morning when I will meditate I will keep myself in an awakened stage rather than just in the constant infinity in which we meditate so I meditate as a human.
I saw surprisingly millions of people who have been unemployed in this country who are praying, and I was getting the effect of it. And the feeling was so real and so painful. And these are very graceful people. I went through it. I saw families praying together in one of the wildernesses, I saw it. And they are not living in the city because they are ashamed they don't have some type of food. And these are graceful, honourable Americans. These are not, you know, bums who want to live off this, live off that. And it is continuous. I sometimes feel there is a fun to block it. What is the idea? But then sometimes I feel very happy about it and I start praying myself...
Look at the beautiful statement our president made. He said, “I am convinced the economy shall change. I am convinced, but there are little hardships.”
Now from an economy life the United States of America where $500 billion are being taken away from the economy just to build new warheads... We already have enough. We can destroy the U.S.S.R. and its allies and everybody else. Almost we can destroy the whole world twenty-eight times over. And they can destroy us fourteen times over.
Now what we are going to do? We are going to revise the whole destructive course, rebuild the whole system. For what?
That is how our democracy has failed because of the lobby of the corporations. It is millions of dollars to become a president. It is no more an honest, simple democracy. Television ads and PR and papers and news and this and that, and that money has to come from donations. Donations come from lobbies. Lobbies has vested interests. Vested interests have corrupted the whole country.
The nation is suffering. 20 million people at this time are without jobs so the situation is very rough.
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