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SB 1.10 - The golden rule of King Yudhiṣṭhira

During the reign of Yudhiṣṭhira, the clouds showered all the water people needed, and the earth produced all the necessities of man in profusion. Due to its fatty milk bags and cheerful attitude, the cow used to moisten the grazing ground with milk. The basic principle of economic development is centered on land and cows. The necessities of human society are food grains, fruits, milk, minerals, clothing, wood etc. With these one can fulfill the needs of the body. During the regime of Yudhiṣṭhira there were regulated rainfalls, which are not under the control of human beings. When the Lord is obeyed by the king, there are regulated rains, which cause all varieties of production on the land. Grains and vegetables can sumptuously feed men and animals, and a fatty cow delivers enough milk that supplies vigor and vitality. When there are enough of these natural resources, there is no need for artificial luxuries like cinemas, cars etc. Thus in contrast with the modern form of government, an autocracy like Yudhiṣṭhira’s is far superior to a so-called democracy in which animals are killed. Human civilizations should depend on the production of material nature without attempting economic development to turn the world into a chaos of artificial greed and power.

The rivers, oceans, hills, mountains etc paid their tax quota to the king in profusion since the king was under the protection of the Lord. Without the Lord’s sanction, nothing can be possible. The rivers, oceans, forests and mountains are not creations of man but are creations of the Lord. So one is allowed to make use of the property of the Lord for the service of the Lord. If the Lord is pleased every part of nature will be pleased. The river will flow profusely to fertilize the land; the oceans will supply sufficient quantities of minerals, pearls and jewels; the forest will supply sufficient wood, drugs and vegetables, and the seasonal changes will effectively help produce flowers and fruits in profuse quantity.

King Yudhiṣṭhira had no enemy and because of this the living beings were not disturbed by mental agonies, diseases or excessive heat or cold. Thus they were free from anxieties caused by nature, by other living beings or by themselves. In this age innocent animals are being killed and therefore the poor creatures are always anxious. This reaction is being forced on human society and thus there is always the threat of wars. But Yudhiṣṭhira kept all his citizens free from anxiety, diseases and excessive heat and cold. They were economically well to do and undisturbed by supernatural power, by enmity from other living beings and by disturbance of bodily and mental agonies. This was all possible because the king was pious and obedient to the Lord and sages, and so the citizens were also directly protected by the Lord and His authorized agents.