thoughts of violence on MLK Day



... we all know the non-violent preaching
of Dr. Martin Luther King, but why is violence
even needed in this world, and what are we
supposed to do?

... in my Srimad Bhagavatam reading today,
Prabupada states the following:
Another significant phrase in this verse is
natihimsrena (with minimum violence or sacrifice of life).
Even if a devotee has to commit violence, it should not be
done beyond what is necessary. Sometimes the question is
put before us: "You ask us not to eat meat, but you are
eating vegetables. Do you think that is not violence?"
The answer is that eating vegetables is violence and
vegetarians are also committing violence against other
living entities because vegetables also have life.
Nondevotees are killing cows, goats and so many other
animals for eating purposes, and a devotee who is
vegetarian is also killing.

But here, significantly, it is stated that every living entity
has to live by killing another entity; that is the law of nature.

Jivo jivasya jivanam: one living entity is the life for another
living entity. But for a human being, that violence should be
committed only as much as necessary.


... It's funny that today, I see an uproar brewing over
the movie American Sniper, saying that it glorifies killing,
especially in the context of invading another country.

... What's a soldier to do? He signs up to defend
his country's interests, then is critisized for
his killing. In the Srimad Bhagavatam, Prabupada states:

We have to commit violence; that is a natural law.
We should not, however, commit violence extravagantly,
but only as much as ordered by the Lord. Arjuna engaged
in the art of killing, and although killing is, of course,
violence, he killed the enemy simply on Krishna's order.
In the same way, if we commit violence as it is necessary,
by the order of the Lord, that is called natihimsa.
We cannot avoid violence because we are put into a
conditional life in which we have to commit violence,
but we should not commit more violence than necessary
or than ordered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead.


... so the ugly truth about the material world is that
all creatures live off of killing others

... who would want to stay here in the material world?



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