"...Gambling of all description, even speculative business enterprise, is considered to be degrading, and when gambling is encouraged in the state, there is a complete disappearance of truthfulness."
Here in Maryland there is a vote in the upcoming election to vote to legalize gambling as it will bring tax revenue to schools.
So they will tax 7 percent that will go for schools, have education to create future gamblers?Or parents that will gamble and loose everything and not be abel to care for their kids
"Four kinds of sinful activities--associating with woman for illicit sex, eating meat, intoxication and gambling--are allowed for the ksatriyas. For political reasons, sometimes they have to take to these sinful activities. Ksatriyas do not refrain from gambling. One vivid example is the Pandavas. When the Pandavas were challenged by the opposite party, Duryodhana, to gamble and risk their kingdom, they could not refrain, and by that gambling they lost their kingdom, and their wife was insulted. Similarly, the ksatriyas cannot refrain from fighting if challenged by the opposite party. Therefore Prthu Maharaja, taking consideration of all these facts, inquired whether there is any auspicious path. Grhastha life is inauspicious because grhastha means consciousness for sense gratification, and as soon as there is sense gratification, one's position is always full of dangers. This material world is said to be padam padam yad vipadam na tesam
, dangerous in every step (Bhag. 10.14.58)."
Srimad-Bhagavatam 4:22:13 Purport
Wether to legalize Gay marriage and legalize gambling is up in the next election...I am voting no to both....
I am also opposed to the Bingo hall in ISKCON Brooklyn.It brakes Prabhupadas rules of no gambling, but Ramabhadra wants to make money by hook and by crook.
Srila Prabhupada made it very clear, BINGO IS MAYA:
Prabhupada: So there will be no scarcity of acarya, and people will understand Krsna consciousness very easily. So make that organization. Don’t be falsely puffed up. Follow the acarya instruction and try to make yourself perfect, mature. Then it will be very easy to fight out maya. Yes. Acaryas, they declare war against maya’s activities, that maya instructing that “here is wine, here is cigarette, here is tha”t, in your country these advertisements are very prominent, holding both ways, wine advertisement, cigarette advertisement, naked woman advertisements, and sometimes gambling also, advertisement. What is that? Congo?
Prabhupada: Bingo. (laughter) Yes. So this is maya. And our declaration of war with maya no intoxication, no meat-eating, no bingo (laughter) these are our declaration of war. So we have to fight in that way because nobody can understand Krsna without being free from all sinful activities. These are sinful activities
Lord Balarama killed Rukmi when cheating in chess but never played bingo.
May Lord Balarama protect ISKCON from illegal gambling such as take place at ISKCON Brooklyn.
GBC rule of 1996 is:
functions listed above (
1.A-E), provided that the public understand clearly that the function is not being sponsored or conducted by
ISKCON. However, no function on
ISKCON property shall include any activity contrary to the four regulative principles. The
GBC recommends that temples provide outside groups rental contracts clearly stipulating the above restrictions.
vaisnava das anu das