Here is why HOuse Resolution 417 is necessary. And Tulsi Gabbard, whose family guru is Chris Butler, who identifies herself as Hindu, tabled it.
Caste hatred in India - what it looks like
]Why are India's Dalit students taking their lives?
Gabbard took her oath of office on the Bhagavad Gita -- which justifies the Indian caste system.
Upper caste status exists because someone must be the outcastes - the Dalits.
The caste system is an engine of human exploitation and oppression totally
opposite to the beliefs that created the United States of America and its laws and institution.
When the chips are down, when oaths of office are sworn, who and what is Tulsi Gabbard's ultimate loyalty?
By which text does she orient her moral values, and make her policy decisions?
The Bhagvad Gita, the text used to justify the hindu caste system and the Krishna sect which write non believers off as mere karmis, inhabitants of a demonic world?
Or the Declaration of Indendpendance and the Constitution of the United States of America?
Because friends, there is a big difference in the values and world view presumed by the authors of those texts.
*Bhagavad Gita: God in Krishna created the 4 classes of people. You attain liberation by doing your duty in each lifetime according to which class you are in. Very different from America, eh? But this is the book on which Tulsi took her oath of office.
Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 4, Sloka 13, part 1
CHATUR VARNYAM MAYAA SRISHTAM GUNA KARMA VIBHAGASHAHA
TASYA KARTARAM API MAAM VIDDHI AKARTARAM AVYAYAM
The four-fold caste system has been created by Me according to the differentiation of qualities and actions. Though I am the author, know Me as non-doer and eternal.
multiple lifetimes, those who are unfortunate deserve what they suffer because they earned bad karma through bad actions in a former lifetime.
Tulsi was in an education that teaches that you are not your body. Bodies incur suffering and bodies include hearts that ache in relationships, amid love, joy birth and death -- and sufferings of one's children.
When you are taught and believe you are not your body, that you have multiple lifetimes not just one this has consequences:
This removes the urgency to do justice for all as expeditiously as possible.
This removes urgency to reform social abuses - just let people live it out lifetime after lifetime until we are all pure spirit and free from bodies that incur suffering and lust.
This runs against principles that undergird the foundation documents of the United States of America -- and the duties of public office as Americans understand public office.
Declaration of Independance - "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
No caste system is presumed here. It is presumed we have just one lifetime
in which to look for fulfillment and in which to demand justice.
BTW Shri Shim! Justice for Shri Shim!
The Declaration was written by Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner who was a brutal profiteer, financially and sexually.
But these words and the belief system behind it led, decades later, to a civil war to free slaves and undergirds our continuing American revolution today which is a push for justice.
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