At present, despite impressive advances in science and technology,
the world is faced with a crisis of unremitting violence
in the shape of war, terrorism, murder, vandalism, child abuse,
More than 140 wars have been fought since the
United Nations was formed in 1945, and in America alone,
over 20,000 people are murdered each year. With social and
political solutions conspicuously failing, perhaps it's time to
analyze the problem from a different perspective.
The Law of Karma
The callous and brutal slaughter of countless helpless
animals must be considered as a powerful causative factor in
this wave of uncheckable violence.
My guru and Spiritual Preceptor Srila Prabhupada has written:
"Widespread violence among humans is a karmic reaction to animal slaughter. In this age the propensity for mercy is almost nil. Consequently there is always fighting and wars between men and nations. Men do not understand
that because they unrestrictedly kill so many animals, they
must also be slaughtered like animals in big wars.
This is very much evident in the Western countries. In the West, slaughterhouses are maintained without restriction, and therefore every
fifth or tenth year there is a big war in which countless people
are slaughtered even more cruelly than the animals. Sometimes
during war, soldiers keep their enemies in concentration camps
and kill them in very cruel ways. These are reactions brought
about by unrestricted animal-killing in the slaughterhouse and
by hunters in the forest."
The question is sometimes raised that if the Atma (soul) is
completely transcendental to the material body, why should
killing, if great pain is avoided, be considered wrongful violence?
Even the Bhagavad-gita states, "For the soul there is neither birth nor death. He is not slain when the body is slain."
In his writings, Srila Prabhupada addresses this question.
"All living entities have to fulfill a certain duration
for being encaged in a particular type of material body.
They have to finish the duration allotted in a particular body
before being promoted or evolved to another body. Killing an
animal or any other living being simply places an impediment
in the way of his completing his term of imprisonment in a certain
body. One should therefore not kill bodies for one's sense
gratification, for this will implicate one in sinful activity."
In short. killing an animal interrupts its progressive evolution
through the species. By killing animals, one also imbibes a violent mentality, and thus many human lives are cut short in the never-ending cycle of action and reaction.
Posted by Kurma on 9/3/06; 9:50:40 AM
from the Travel dept.