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Violence according to the codes of justice (Chapter 2 Text 21)

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    Hare Krishna Friends, Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized                                                     
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      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized
                                   
                                   

                                                      TEXT 21

                     
                 

                                            vedavinasinam nityam
                                          ya enam ajam avyayam
                                         katham sa purusah partha
                                          kam ghatayati hanti kam

                                                    SYNONYMS

      veda--in knowledge; avinasinam--indestructible; nityam--always; yah--one who; enam--this (soul); ajam--unborn; avyayam--immutable; katham--
      how; sah--he; purusah--person; partha--O Partha (Arjuna); kam--whom; ghatayati--hurts; hanti--kills; kam--whom.

                                                  TRANSLATION

      O Partha, how can a person who knows that the soul is indestructible, unborn, eternal and immutable, kill anyone or cause anyone to kill?

                                                      PURPORT

      Everything has its proper utility, and a man who is situated in complete knowledge knows how and where to apply a thing for its proper utility. Similarly, violence also has its utility, and how to apply violence rests with the person in knowledge. Although the justice of the peace awards capital punishment to a person condemned for murder, the justice of the peace cannot be blamed because he orders violence to another person according to the codes of justice. In Manu-samhita, the law book for mankind, it is supported that a murderer should be condemned to death so that in his next life he will not have to suffer for the great sin he has committed. Therefore, the king's punishment of hanging a murderer is actually beneficial.

      Similarly, when Krsna orders fighting, it must be concluded that violence is for supreme justice, and, as such, Arjuna should follow the instruction, knowing well that such violence, committed in the act of fighting for Krsna, is not violence at all because, at any rate, the man, or rather the soul, cannot be killed; so for the administration of justice, so-called violence is permitted. A surgical operation is not meant to kill the patient, but to cure him. Therefore the fighting to be executed by Arjuna at the instruction of Krsna is with full knowledge, so there is no possibility of sinful reaction. 

       Source:Bhagavad Gita As It Is by HDG. A.C. BhaktiVedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada


        
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