Hindus/Ahimsa

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If a Hindu was a soldier, would it be against his ahimsa to kill, even though it may be necessary?

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Dear Dominik,

It is not against the idea of non-violence in hinduism to reply with full force if one is attacked or in defense of justice. Not doing so would be cowardice and a sin. That is the whole message of one of the most important of the hindu scriptures - Bhagawat Gita. Lord Krishna said:

"Atha chet tvam imaḿ dharmyaḿ, sańgrāmaḿ na kariṣyasi;
tataḥ sva-dharmaḿ kīrtiḿ cha, hitvā pāpam avāpsyasi."

(Therefore, if you do not perform your this religious duty of fighting, then loosing your duty and reputation, you will incur sin.) http://www.vedabase.org./bg/2/33/en

Hinduism is a practical religion. With best regards,

Yours sincerely,

Aupmanyav

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Especially religious history of India. I follow 'advaita' philosophy (non-duality) and am an atheist. My answers would be consistent with science and practicality.

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Explaining Hinduism for about 8 years.

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Science graduate. Extensive studies of hindu scriptures.

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