Sin And Ahimsa





Bhagavatham in skandham 5


यस्त्विह वै भूतानामीश्वरोपकल्पितवृत्तीनामविविक्तपरव्यथानां स्वयं
पुरुषोपकल्पितवृत्तिर्विविक्तपरव्यथो व्यथामाचरति स परत्रान्धकूपे तदभिद्रोहेण
निपतति तत्र हासौ तैर्जन्तुभिः पशुमृगपक्षिसरीसृपैर्मशकयूकामत्कुण
मक्षिकादिभिर्ये के चाभिद्रुग्धास्तैः सर्वतोऽभिद्रुह्यमाणस्तमसि विहतनिद्रा
निर्वृतिरलब्धावस्थानः परिक्रामति यथा कुशरीरे जीवः ॥१७॥



Meaning :
SB 5.26.17, Translation and Purport:

By the arrangement of the Supreme Lord, low-grade living beings like bugs and mosquitoes suck the blood of human beings and other animals. Such insignificant creatures are unaware that their bites are painful to the human being. However, first-class human beings—brāhmaṇas, kṣatriyas and vaiśyas—are developed in consciousness, and therefore they know how painful it is to be killed. A human being endowed with knowledge certainly commits sin if he kills or torments insignificant creatures, who have no discrimination.


Vanara Dharma


From this very instructive verse we learn that lower animals, created by the laws of nature to disturb the human being, are not subjected to punishment. Because the human being has developed consciousness, however, he cannot do anything against the principles of varëäçrama-dharma without being condemned.

Although a tiger is not sinful if it attacks another animal and eats its flesh, if a man with developed consciousness does so, he must be punished. In other words, a human being who does not use his developed consciousness but instead acts like an animal surely undergoes punishment in many different hells.


Now let us look at this from another angle:

KOUSIKA-DHARMAVYAADA UPAAKYAANAM'' in Mahabharata in Aranya Parvam, we read about this story.


The Kousika who was a Brahmin, who did Penance asks Dharmavyaadha, a butcher, after a lot of conversation between them (Spiritual of course), is it possible to live a life with AHIMSA (Without injuring/causing pain/or killing any other Creatures in life?

Dharmavyadha replied '' NO. It is Impossible for any one to live even an hour without harming or killing some creatures.

He told Kousika, that while we breathe we take in so many thousands of unseen creatures and kill them. While we walk, under our feet so many millions of small creatures die. While we drink a handful of water from a river, we take in several thousand creatures, unseen by us and kill them.

When we till the land for Cultivation, the Till goes into earth almost 2 feet deep and in the process, humans kill several thousand creatures that live underneath the earth.



So we unknowingly kill so many creatures.

Next regarding the mosquitoes and other insects which are harmful to us.

it is our duty to see that our body is a Temple (Deho Devaalayam Proktaah) is kept in good health by all means, because if the body is healthy, then only one can realize God (Shareeram Adyam Khalu Brahma Saadanam)

So it is important to protect our body and in that process kill harmful bacteria carrying creatures like mosquitoes, then it is not a sin.

What is Ahimsa

“A fundamental principle of environmental protection is widely recognized today to be a variation of the theme of ahimsa (non-violence)

one must define right or justifiable himsa, and unjustifiable himsa.

HINDU SCRIPTURES CONSIDER UNAVOIDABLE VIOLENCE (HIMSA) RELUCTANTLY
UNDERTAKEN FOR THE PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING A RULE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS


(DHARMA SANSTHAAPANA) FOR THE BETTERMENT OF SOCIETY AND FOR SUSTENANCE
OF ONE'S BODY AS JUSTIFIABLE AND CALL IT AS AHIMSA ALSO.

When a great demon, or snake or scorpion, is destroyed, everyone becomes happy. Prabhupada explained in Srimad-bhagavatam (7.9.14, purport):



Like any animal, humans kill in order to eat. This is true for vegetarians as well, since the sowing, harvesting and transport of vegetables involves killing myriads of small creatures.

Every time we eat, build, make cloth etc, we favor the ‘higher’ being over many ‘lower’ beings.

Even boiling water involves killing many thousands of bacterias.


Buddhism acknowledges our interdependence on all creatures and our collective karma in creating this planet as it is.

We human beings had to take personal responsibility for the future; we are responsible to protect our environment, to eliminate harmful insects from spreading diseases and killing animals and humans. And if we fail on this aspect, we will be reaping more bad Karma, than by killing those harmful insects. God gave us dominion and rule over everything in the earth that includes saving other humans.

Why does a cow swat flies with its tail? Evolution programmed it to do so. Why do we swat a mosquito when it lands on us? Evolution programmed us to do so. Fortunately we were blessed with a nervous system that tells us what is best for our survival and we intuitively react in a way that is best for us; the spread of disease has also been hardwired into us.

We kill lot of harmful bacteria’s while boiling water. If we think it is a sin to kill those bacterias, are we not going against protecting our own life and also against law of nature?

Killing bugs is not a sin. (In the Old Testament.)

In Islam killing harmful insects is not a sin.

http://msapubli.com/islam-qa/Volume_22/Chapter_13.htm


In simple terms it is prakruthi dharma

Mooshika as the vaahana of Sri Ganesha
Naaga as the Sayana of Sri Vishnu
and Garuda is the Vaahana of Sri Vishnu

naaga can not survive without eating rats.


similarly garuda cannot survive without consuming snakes.,
A cow cannot digest flesh and a lion cannot digest grass
This is called prakruthi Dharma


http://sjmayank.blogspot.com/2010/02...rian-food.html



What is a Sin?

Hinduism does not view sin as a crime against God, but as an act against dharma - moral order -
Sin is an adharmic course of action which automatically brings negative consequences.
The term sin carries a double meaning, as do its Sanskrit equivalents:
1) A wrongful act,
2) The negative consequences resulting from a wrongful act.


http://www.masalawoods.ru/a/Sin/id/62060

Is culling disease carrying birds and animals are a Sin?

We humans have greater responsibility in protecting our race as well as to safe guard other animals, than to view our act as “a wrongful act”

If you agree culling such animals and birds are not sin, then you must also agree killing disease spreading mosquitoes and other insects are also not SIN.

Malaria and Dengue fever are prominent in mosquito born disease.

Birds, just like people, get the flu. Bird flu viruses infect birds, including chickens, other poultry and wild birds such as ducks. Most bird flu viruses can only infect other birds. However, bird flu can pose health risks to people.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/birdflu.html

CLASSICAL SWINE fever (CSF), otherwise known as hog cholera (also sometimes called pig plague based on the German word Schweinepest), is a highly contagious disease that comes from pigs and wild boar. It is caused by Pestivirus, which belongs to the family Flaviviridae.

Swine fever causes fever, skin lesions, and convulsions particularly in young animals and


fatality within 15 days. The disease is endemic in much of Asia, Central and South America and parts of Europe and Africa.

http://www.merinews.com/article/swin...15768096.shtml

Approximately 300 million people worldwide are affected by malaria and between 1 and 1.5 million people die from it every year. Previously extremely widespread, the malaria is now mainly confined to Africa, Asia and Latin America. Malaria parasites are transmitted from one person to another by the female anopheline mosquito.

http://www.microbiologybytes.com/int...n/Malaria.html


Puranic Period


Were there any great Epidemics and people died when scriptures were written? Was there any scientific knowledge to access the cause of those epidemics in those days?

Was Malaria/ Chicken pox were eradicated in those days? In Kaliyuga it is said, more harmful insects will take birth than previous yugas.

Humans have responsibility


Unlike olden days, we have responsibility towards our Kith and kin, society, village, country and world. We just can not keep quite saying killing those harmful insects are sin, and let the disease spread across the world.

When we read “the Buddhist Idea of Karma it says:

For instance, if you crush a bug, you will in turn someday be crushed. If that were true, wouldn't a great many of us die from boulder related incidents?

One of the arguments I often hear against Karma is, in fact, this very scenario with an insect. There are even certain monks who sweep the ground in front of them because they do not want to smash an insect as they walk. People hear about this and think, "Oh, Buddhists don't like to crush bugs. That's stupid." It is a misunderstanding of our philosophy. If you swat a fly while thinking, "A fly! How disgusting! I hate flies!" then you've created bad karma. If, however, one swats a fly while thinking, "Flies spread disease. If I don't kill this fly, it will make me and other people ill," then he has created good karma. While the concepts of "good and bad" karma are actually incorrect concepts, I use them to make the illustration easier to understand.
Here we read: if we think that flies spread disease and need to be killed, it is not bad!!!

http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Buddhist-Idea-of-Karma

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