A few times someone here said something like, “fight if you want to fight but do not fight in the name of religion, or do not say that the religion says to fight.”
So, let me address the issue here. First let me define ‘religion’ and ‘dharma’. Islam, Christianity and Judaism, are religions. Hinduism is not. Hinduism is dharma – eternal.
Islam (Koran) clearly says to invade and conquer non Muslim countries and convert or kill non Muslims. The total history of Islam proves that they did nothing but this, and the Hindus have suffered the most from Islam for 1000+ years.
. Islam is not compatible with any other religion on this earth. Xians are very aggressive and organized to wipe out all the cultures of the world from the face of earth. Previously they did go to wars for that. Now they use political and money power to achieve that end. Xians say there is no soul in animals and non human lives. Xianity is focused on possessing and exploiting this earth and its people. It says we all are sinners and anything other than the bible is Devil’s work. So, to them gita is Devil’s work.
Hinduism (Sanaatana dharma or Varnasrama dharma) is not like Islam or Xianity that are with a set of beliefs. Hinduism is about the truth, eternal truths about god, us, and his creation. Krishna shows all possible ways, scientifically, how one can go to him. Hinduism is not an organized dharma, that is, Hindus do not have any interest to convert the whole world to Hinduism. This is because Krishna says in gita to not tell anyone about dharma if one is not interested or is envious to Krishna.
So, basically, Hinduism is inherently tolerant to all and the religions are not. this tolerance however has a limit. Adharma cannot be tolerated.
When Arjun, all of a sudden on the battle field of Kurukshetra, decided to tolerate adharma, Krishna said him in gita to fight, even with the great souls like Drona and Bhishma. No one should miss to understand this fact.
So, you can see here why Hindus (need to) fight.
The reasons why Hindus fight are totally different from why Muslims or Xians fight. Dharma is not a ‘religion’. Dharma is universal religion for mankind.
So, if you understand this, then you can see that Islam and Xianity will go to wars for religion because their books say so.
Hindus have no choice but to fight with adharmis because Krishna says so. It is dharma to fight with asuras.
This brings to another point:
Some say: “Fight with asuras only if you are a pure Kshatriya.” Mostly the HKs say this to the Hindus.
So, this implies the HKs are “pure” Brahmans.
So, then it is the duty of pure Brahmans to raise pure Kshatriyas. Brahmans are the ‘head’ of a Vedic society.
Like Drona and Chanakya muni, the HK’s need to be expert not only in shaastras, but also shastras – the modern weapons and the art of war. Then they must teach dharma of Kshatriyas and teach how to fight to win over the asuras.
To win over the asuras, you need to know your enemy and their ideology well. If you give free political field to the asuras, then they will rule over the suras and you.
Therefore, the pure Brahmans must enter politics and place suras in political positions.
This activity of raising pure Kshatriyas cannot happen by slandering and fighting with the Hindus. Be one of them, and encourage them to become pure Kshatriyas by example, as Krishna has said to do.
You need to learn and practice and preach Chanakya niti also.
Also remember that HKs’ freedom to do bhakti is protected by Kshatriyas only, no matter how impure they are.
So, realizing the fact that the asuras have raised hell (terrorism) everywhere, the priority of the time is to fight and win over the asuras and kill their ideology (intellectual fight).
So, the bottom line is:
Those who follow a ‘religion’ do fight with infidels. Those who follow dharma have no choice but to fight asuras and win over them.
There is no shame in saying, “I will fight asuras because Krishna says so in gita.” If the “pure” Brahmans do not expose the asuras and encourage the Kshatriyas to fight, then they will do a great dis-service to the society.
jai sri krishna! -maadhav
“yuddhAya krita nischaya…” -Krishna
The Vedas say: अहिंसा परमो धर्म । धर्म-हिंसा तथैव च॥
Why dharma-himsaa is also supreme dharma? It is because Krishna says in Gita:
द्वौ भूतस्वर्गौ लोके अस्मिन् दैव आसुर एव च । – Gita 16.6
Gita/Krishna says that in this matrial world there are two types of people – suras and asuras – divine and demoniac.
These demoniac or asura people have no hesitation in doing violence in taking away the lives, wives, property, land, honor, dignity or freedom of the suras. The asuras have no respect for any just, non-violent demands of the unarmed suras. Millions of unarmed and non-violent suras demads cannot cause any fear (or love for suras) in the mind of even a single armed and violent asura. So therefore, non-violent and unarmed suras cannot win even a single asura. Therefore, to uphold dharma (that is, to maintain law and order; and protect the freedom, lives and property of the suras – the righteous people) and to keep the asuras in control, the suras need to remain armed and willing to fight. This is the reason why every country has military to fight external enemies, and police to fight internal enemies – asuras.
Ultimately, security (causing pretection per dharma) is everyone’s duty. If the hired kshatriyas, or those who have the duty to uphold dharma and provide protection, do not provide protection and do adhrma, then it is one’s own duty to fight for dharma. To do it effectively one needs to remain armed, and know how to use arms and when to use arms per dharma.
Jai sri Krishna!