Hindus/Ahimsa

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Dear Brother William

My question about Hinduism, Ahimsa is:
Is you weren't born into a Hindu family and become a Hindu, do your past aggressions and violence effect your karma?  Or if you are a Hindu child who still doesn't understand ahimsa, and you were in a situation where you fought back, would this effect your karma since you don't understand ahimsa and therefore it wasn't intentionally defying your duty, Dharma?

Thank you
Charlotte

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Dear Charlotte,

Thank you for your question. Karma means "action" and also "the consequences of action." Causality is not the sole property of Hindus. Any action performed with the sense of doer-ship creates karma, good or bad.

Best wishes,

Brother William

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William Schindler, a.k.a. Brother William

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I can answer questions about Vedanta philosophy, Patanjali Yoga philosophy and practice, Tantra, Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Vivekachudamani (Shankara`s Crest-jewel of Spritual Discrimination), Advaita (non-dualism), the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda tradition, Goddess worship, meditation practice, Hindu monasticism (sannyasa), and Sanskrit.

Experience

I've been studying and practicing Vedanta and Tantra since 1969.

Organizations
I'm the founder and spiritual director of Ashram West, a gay spiritual community based on traditional Hindu Tantra. I have been a member of the Vedanta Society of Southern California since 1969.

Publications
I have three books in print: GAY TANTRA, ESSAYS ON GAY TANTRA, BLOOD OF THE GODDESS.

Education/Credentials
I hold a B.A. in Sanskrit (UC Berkeley 1975) and an M.A. in clinical psychology (Antioch University 1986).

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