Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Cairo (AP) - From a bed inside the defendants’ cage, an ashen-faced Hosni Mubarak showed a glimmer of his old defiance. Egypt’s former president wagged his finger in the air and denied all charges against him Wednesday as he went on trial for alleged corruption and complicity in the deaths of protesters who helped drive him from power.  The spectacle, watched live on state television by millions of Egyptians, calmed the fury of those who suffered under his rule - some of them parents of children gunned down during the uprising that toppled the longtime president.  The father of a slain protester, among those sweltering in the heat outside the courtroom on the third day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, was ecstatic.  “The biggest achievement of this revolution is that all these crooks and scum are in a cage,” he said.

The ailing 83-year-old Mubarak laid on a hospital bed as his sons, one-time heir apparent Gamal and wealthy businessman Alaa, stood protectively beside him, at times trying to shield their father from the camera and hundreds of spectators. Dressed in white prison uniforms, the two younger Mubaraks denied charges of corruption.  The sight of Mubarak lying helplessly in bed inside the grim metal and wire cage was a stunning moment for Egyptians - and for a region known more for its presidents-for-life and absolute monarchs than democracy or accountability.  With Arab Spring revolts sweeping the Middle East, the sight of Mubarak during Wednesday’s hearing could serve as a powerful cautionary tale for other autocratic leaders who have long acted as if they alone were fit to rule, the lesson of Mubarak’s predicament may be very simple: Don’t lose.

Egypt’s ex-President Hosni Mubarak has denied charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters, on the opening day of his trial in Cairo.  The 83-year-old is being tried with his sons, who also deny charges against them, ex-Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six other former officials.  Many in Egypt savored the humiliation of the man who ruled with unquestionable power for 29 years, during which opponents were tortured, corruption was rife, poverty was widespread and political life was stifled.  When the atomic soul lives in illusion, sees himself as separate from the Godhead and the desire to be supreme begins.  

The individual self is a minute particle of will or consciousness - a sentient being - endowed with a serving tendency. This self is transcendental to matter and qualitatively one with Godhead, while quantitatively different. A personal, “human-like” Godhead replete with abode and paraphernalia is a perennial notion.  In this conception the explicate order becomes in effect a perverted reflection of the ultimate reality existing in the transcendental realm. The reflection of that realm, appearing as the explicate order, amounts to the kingdom of God without God. It would be without God inasmuch as God, being the center of the ultimate reality, when expressed in reflected form no longer appears as the center. This produces illusion and the necessity for corruption. The basis of corruption is the misplaced sense of proprietorship resulting in the utterly false notions of “I” and “mine”.

Śrīpad Bhakti Bhāvana Vishnu Mahārāja :
“Physics to Metaphysics” - “The Vedic Paradigm”

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