Thursday, January 06, 2011

"No religion teaches violence or intolerance"

"No religion teaches violence or intolerance."

"All religions teach acceptance, forbearance and forgiveness."

Such statements, oft-repeated by generally well-intentioned people, are plain false.


(for just two examples)

"If thy brother ... or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods ... Thou shalt not consent unto him ... neither shall thine eye pity him ... But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people." (Deuteronomy 13:6-10)

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.(Leviticus 20:13)


"Considering your specific duty as a kshatriya, you should know that there is no better engagement for you than fighting on religious principles; and so there is no need for hesitation." (Bhagvad Gita, 2.31)

"O Partha, happy are the kshatriyas to whom such fighting opportunities come unsought, opening for them the doors of the heavenly planets." (2.32)


Choon kar az hama hilte daar guzast
Halaal ast burden ba shamshir dast

(When all avenues have been explored, all means tried, it is right to draw the sword out of the scabbard and wield it with your hand)

And Section 13 of the Sukhmani Sahib describes a great deal of pain and hellfire that the slanderer of a saint will have to endure.


"O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust." (Quran 5.51)


Yayaver said...

yes truly said..

Anonymous said...

The quote from Bhagwad Gita that you refer to is Krishna's plea/message/sermon to Arjuna to remind him that it is duty as a Kshtriya to fight the war of Mahabharata - a war that would establish Truth over evil. I don't think it should be quoted out of context to support anyone's belief that it is okay to fight on religious principles.

Suhas said...


I think the advice context of the war in Bhagwad Gita was quite correct. I cant find fault, given that at times you need to fight to survive (which is exactly what Arjuna was doing, they were refused land to live.) And where did you get the word "religous principles" .. lost in translation I guess

Ravi said...


I see some translations of that B.Gita verse on the web referring to Dharma as religious principle which is misleading.

As a warrior, it is the duty of Arjuna to fight and stand up for what is right. Non-violence would not have worked in this case.