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Political Power

Charismatic Leadership

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Kings and Kingpins

the glitterati - the politerati

" After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box."

~~ Italian Proverb

" Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others."

~~Be Here Now 1931-2019 Baba Ram Dass


Genghis Khan's enthronement in 1206 CE

"One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."

~~Plato, The Republic

" First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way."

~~ 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV)

"Few businessmen are capable of being in politics.

They don't understand the democratic process.

They have neither the tolerance nor the depth that it takes.

Democracy isn't a business."

~~ Malcolm Forbes

Political Activists

  • Newspapers 1863-1951 plutocrat William Randolph Hearst * USA Congressional Representative 1903-1907, pro-fascist

  • Principia Mathematica 1872-1970 philosopher Bertrand Russell * lifetime peace protestor, anti-war, anti-nuclear-weapons, regularly jailed

  • USA Black Power 1925-1965 Nation of Islam Malcolm X

  • USA Civil Rights 1929-1968 Rev. Martin Luther King * Social-justice activist, theologian

  • Moral Majority 1933-2007 Rev. Jerry Falwell * televangelist, political activist fundraiser

  • Dittoheads 1951-2021 radio polemic Rush Limbaugh * conservative reactionary demagogue

  • Ms. Magazine 1934- women's rights Gloria Steinem * influential journalist and public speaker. Lifetime advocate for women's rights and human rights



POTUS-44 Audacity of Hope 1961- Barack H. Obama

+ + POTUS-43 Decision Points 1946- George W. Bush

+ + POTUS-42 My Life 1946- Bill Clinton

playing golf together in Sep-2017


The Pocket Dalai Lama, compiled and edited by Mary Craig (p.92)

" There is an Indian saying: if you are struck by a poisonous arrow, it is important first to pull it out, there is no time to ask who shot it, what sort of poison it is and so on.

First handle the immediate problem, and later we can investigate.

Similarly, when we encounter human suffering, it is important to respond with compassion rather than question the politics of those we help.

Instead of asking whether their country is enemy or friend, we must think,

  • " These are human beings, they are suffering,

  • and they have a right to happiness equal to our own." "

Our attitude towards suffering is very important because it can affect how we cope with it when it arises. Our usual attitude consists of an intense aversion and intolerance of our own pain and suffering.

However, if we can transform our attitude, adopt an attitude that allows us greater tolerance of it, this can do much to help counteract feelings of mental unhappiness, dissatisfaction and discontent."

Jaimini Sutram , Sarga-1, Shloka-35

"If from the lords of the first and seventh houses from the Atmakaraka,

the fifth house has Jupiter, Venus, or the Moon,

the native has political or governmental power or authority."

QUOTATION from ~~ Be Here Now 1931-2019 Baba Ram Dass

" The most exquisite paradox:

as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all.

As long as you want power, you can' t have it.

The minute you don' t want power, you' ll have more than you ever dreamed possible."

QUOTATION ~~ Gore Vidal

"We only have one political party in the U.S., and that is the property party, which has two right wings."

World Leaders and Kala-Sarpa Yoga

Whether beneficent humanitarians or repressive tyrants, world leaders often (not always) have some version of Kala-Sarpa Yoga.

A classic Kala-Sarpa with all planets hemmed in between Ketu and Rahu (Version 1)

All planets hemmed in between Rahu and Ketu [version 2] confirmed as a kala-sarpa configuration in 300 Important Combinations by Shri B.V. Raman

or, an equally strong pattern of a modified KSY with one, and only one, planet outside the Rahu-Ketu axis [typically that one graha is Shani].

Dalai Lama defends Politicians


365 Dalai Lama: Daily Advice from the Heart, by Tenzing Gyatso . (2004). compiled by Matthieu Ricard (Ed.)

" In defense of politicians , they are necessarily the products of a society.

  • If it is a society that thinks only of money and power, without any concern for moral values, we should not be surprised if politicians are corrupt,

  • and should not therefore consider that the responsibility for such a situation lies entirely with them."

Dalai Lama says: Yes (Virginia) there are Human Rights


Kindness, Clarity, and Insight, 25th Anniversary Edition. by Tenzing Gyatso . (2006, rev. and updated, 25th anniv. ed.). Jeffrey Hopkins (Trans. and Ed.), Elizabeth Napper (Ed.).

" If you ask"Do humans have rights?" [I respond] yes, there are human rights.

How is it that humans have rights?

  • It is on the basis of the valid innate appearance of an I to our consciousness

  • that we Naturally, want happiness and do not want suffering,

  • and that wanting of happiness and not wanting of suffering itself .

With this appearance as its basis,

is the very reason for there being human rights."

Politicians Need Religion


Path of Wisdom, Path of Peace . Tenzing Gyatso with Felizitas Von Schonborn. (2005). Foreword by Wei Jingsheng; Crossroad Publishing Cor.

" I consider it very important for religion to have an influence on politicians. Politicians need religion much more than pious people who have withdrawn from the world need it.

There is a constant increase in the scandals in politics and business that can be traced back to the lack of self-discipline on the part of the responsible parties.

In India, the minister-president of West Bengal once said to me, with what he considered a humble attitude, that he was a politician and not a religious person. I responded to him:

  • politicians need religion more than anyone else.

  • When hermits in solitude are bad persons, the result is that they harm themselves alone and no one else.

  • But when such influential people as politicians are full of bad intentions, they can bring misfortune to many.

  • This is why religion, as continuous work on our inner maturity, is important for political rulers.

A politician must have moral principles .

I am convinced of this. Seen in this light, politics and religion belong together.

In the United States, church and state may be separate,

  • but when the president takes office, he makes a vow in the name of God with his hand on the Bible.

This means that God should be the witness that the president will conscientiously fulfill his official duties."

Compassionate Society Begins at Home


Many Ways to Nirvana: Reflections and Advice on Right Living, Tenzing Gyatso . (2005). Renuka Singh (Ed.)

" ...We can't blame one individual for what happens in our world. I think we should blame our entire society.

Society produces our leaders and politicians,

and if we try to develop a more compassionate and affectionate society ,

we will have human beings with a more peaceful nature.

  • Leaders, politicians, and businesspeople coming from such a society would offer hope for a better world.

  • Our long-term responsibility -- everyone's responsibility, whether they are believers or nonbelievers

  • -- is to find ways to promote a peaceful and compassionate society.

I think one way is quite simple.

  • Each individual must try to ensure peace and compassion in his [or her] family.

  • Put together ten peaceful, compassionate homes, or one hundred, and that's a community.

  • The children in such a society would receive affection in their family and in their schools from the educators concerned.

We might have one or two setbacks, but Generally, i think we could develop a sensible society.

Sensible here means a sense of community, a sense of responsibility, and a sense of commitment."


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