Non-Violence in the Bhagavad-gita

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Non-Violence in the Bhagavad-gita

Postby vgopikrishna » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:24 am

Question: Non-Violence in the Bhagavad-gita

What is the place of non-violence in the Bhagavad-gita?


Answer: Distributing Real Knowledge

Non-violence or ahimsa is recommended in the Bhagavad-gita. Nonviolence is generally taken to mean not killing or destroying the body, but actually nonviolence means not to put others into distress. People in general are trapped by ignorance in the material concept of life, and they therefore perpetually suffer material pains. So unless one elevates people to spiritual knowledge, one is practicing violence. One should therefore try his best to distribute real knowledge to the people, so that they may become enlightened and leave this material entanglement. That is real nonviolence.

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