Verse from the Veda about Not Harming Others

The Gutenberg Bible, the first printed Bible

The Gutenberg Bible, the first printed Bible

When I look around the world, I notice far too much killing. There is killing being done by terrible people to satisfy some depraved desire, and killing being done by people claiming to be religious. There is killing being done by all kinds of people. Even the Pope of the Catholic Church has come out in favor of killing. Pope Francis recently said that military force was justified to halt the advance of ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant).

The Sacred Teaching of our Father in Heaven is very clear and says do not harm any living breathing creature. The message of nonviolence is contained in the original texts of the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, contained in the Holy Quran, and in the ancient Sanskrit Texts holy to Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, and so on. The same Divine Ordinance is at the root of all the major earthly religions, and if you deem to be an adherent, the teaching is not killing, and further, do not hurt any creature living upon the breath, and there are no conditions under which hurting or killing another is justified. The First Commandment in Christianity is, “Do not kill.”

Around this time of the year, people enjoy making New Year’s Resolutions, or promises, to do or not do such and such for the coming year, or ever again. A very important pledge a person aspiring to be religious, or spiritual, can make is to commit to not kill another person. There is no justification for killing in the Holy Scripture of the Bible, the Quran, or the Bhagavad-Gita; in fact, the texts promote kindness toward all. Therefore, a further commitment would be not hurting, killing, or eating the flesh of any breathing creature of the land, water, or the air.

If you have the aspiration to follow the Sacred Teaching of the Maker and enjoy Heavenly Bliss, you will need to hold to that. To go beyond to be with the Supreme Absolute you will need the breath, and the Karma, or action, of taking it away from another creature, diminishes the breath necessary for the journey. The Maker says it best, so here are a few words to take to heart.

Here is a verse from the Veda, Words of Brahma, for all the people of the earth.

To destroy a wind and to go across to be a little without, and to call on the wind to go towards a little, both are the result of that, and connected with for a mover is death to devour.

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One thought on “Verse from the Veda about Not Harming Others

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