Dec 25

Dharma, War, and Love

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“What is the significance of women in relationship to dharma? If we think
about the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, both of these involved war
– and what was the cause of those wars?” Sripad Puri Maharaja asked.
“Greed and dharma,” Shoba responded. “Yes, both involved dharma but
in the case of the Ramayana, it was Sitadevi whose chastity was being
provoked by Ravana (demon) and in the case of the Mahabharata, it was
Draupadi whose sanctity was being violated by the Kuruvas. What is the
connection of the sanctity and chastity of women with dharma?” Sripad
Puri Maharaja asked then responded that “These are attributes of lust
(exploitation) that are opposed to love (devotion) that is the principle of
dharma. Exploitation, activities of self-centered lust, drag us away from
our dharma, so those tendencies have to be fought. This is the cause of
war in the defense of dharma, as is being illustrated in the epics of India.”

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