Hindus/Ahimsa

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Does Ahimsa still apply for someone fighting in a war who's purpose is to protect and fight back?

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Dear Molly,

Thank you for your question.

Dharma, duty, differs according to one's inner nature and station in life. A soldier whose duty it is to fight others would be derelict in his duty if he refused to do that. The idea is that soldiers and those like them protect the innocent and fight the wicked who would harm them. Refusing to fight those who would harm the innocent is then a form of himsa, "harm." Therefore, for a soldier fighting when necessary is the best practice of ahimsa.

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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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