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himsa versus ahimsa

NAGARAVE_at_fin.gov.on.ca
Date: Fri Jul 06 2001 - 18:28:59 PDT

I don't think it is that simple mani.  As you correctly pointed out I 
did omit the act that is neither selfless nor selfish; however, for 
acts motivated by selflessness, selfishness, or a combination of both 
(which would also be denoted selfish) the standard outlined in the 
post is applicable.  In the case of the cold-blooded killer the act 
is selfish.  The reasoning is as follows.  The act is obviously not 
selfless as it is not for the broader public benefit.  Nor is it 
inadvertent.  Thus, it must be selfish.  Ultimately however, only the 
individual committing the act and the ordainer know of the true 
nature of the motivation.  

I will try to outline the standard in greater detail over the weekend 
(including looking at the relationship between the standard and the 
principle of dharma.) 

ramanuja dasan,
Venkat



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