: Shree Hari:
29th May, 2009, Friday; Jeshtha Shukla Panchami, Vikram Samvat 2066, Shukravaar
Question: What is the solution to improving the Society?
Swamiji: By improving ourselves, the Society, the World will automatically improve, because each individual is one of the many limbs of this Society. If our own lives is not proper, but we speak of great things, then neither we will improve, nor will this Society, nor the World at large will improve. A prostitute that gives a lecture on being a chaste, a faithful wife, will it hold any weight ? What we say does not have to be great, but our lives have to be great. Not focusing on the desire to improve the Society, we must stay focused on desiring to improve ourselves. We will improve when we give up selfishness and pride. Also we improve by doing things that benefit others, for their welfare.
Question: Killing an evil person for our and other’s protection, is that sinful?
Swamiji: Although, this is work of a Kshatriya. When anarchism spreads in the Country, when the leaders are not listening to the callings, the complaints of their people, when even though our actions are just but in return we are receiving injustice and accusations, then in such situations all four varnas can pick up their weapons and fight for justice. However the intention should only be to protect ourselves and the women in the society, it should not be to kill or harm others. While fighting to protect, if the evil person is killed, then it will not be a sinful act. The entire world will be benefited by the death of an evil person and he too would be benefited, as he will be saved from commiting further sins.
In reality, violence is a result of your intent, not the actions itself. A doctors cuts of a diseased limb of a sick patient; a soldier an enemy during war, these are not considered as violence because in both of them there is the intention or feeling of the other’s well-being, of their benefit.
Question: In this society there are many different rules, regulations and customs – of these, which are proper and which are improper, how are we to make that determination?
Swamiji: That in which we sacrifice our selfishness and that in which we see to what is beneficial to others are proper.
From “Prashnouttermailmala” in Hindi by Swami Ramsukhdasji, Page 46 and page 136
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