Friday, May 25, 2012


Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 2 Text 31

sva-dharmam api caveksya
na vikampitum arhasi
dharmyad dhi yuddhac chreyo 'nyat
ksatriyasya na vidyate

sva-dharmam--one's own religious principles; api--also; ca--indeed; aveksya--considering; na--never; vikampitum--to hesitate; arhasi--you deserve; dharmyat--for religious principles; hi--indeed; yuddhat--than fighting; sreyah--better engagement; anyat--any other; ksatriyasya--of the ksatriya; na--does not; vidyate--exist.


Considering your specific duty as a ksatriya, you should know that there is no better engagement for you than fighting on religious principles; and so there is no need for hesitation.


In his purport Srila Prabhupada makes this comparison; Therefore, killing on the battlefield on religious principles and killing animals in the sacrificial fire are not at all considered to be acts of violence, because everyone is benefited by the religious principles involved.

At first I was surprised by this statement but then I remembered how many times he has told us that war was caused by meat eating. So, in my odd way of thinking, the two do seem to go hand in hand.

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