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This Blog is a collection of excerpts from talks given by Sri Swami Vishwananda. Please note that this Blog does not focus on dates, background and the exact original way of how Swamiji delivered the speech. We edit the talks slightly, presenting them in a kind of “poetic” format. This means we choose certain paragraphs from a talk which reflect a particular theme.
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Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Whenever you do your duty, do it properly- Gita

Today we are talking about our duties and if it is our responsibilty if we hurt somebody, while performing our duty or not. An interesting question indeed.

Devotee 14: Swamiji, we say not to hurt somebody. When somebody is doing some duty and during the course of having all the duty, if he or she has to hurt someone, then He is not responsible for it. Is it?

Sri Swami Vishwananda:
No, it is said in the Gita [Bhagavad Gita] that whenever you do your duty, do your duty properly.
Even if it hurts somebody, it doesn’t matter.

That’s how it is for the soldiers.
When they go to war, they are serving their country and they are protecting their country, their duty is to serve and to protect their country.
And they don’t create any Karma, even when they are fighting.

Krishna spoke Bhaghavat Gita to let Arjuna realise his Duty as he says "If you will not fight this righteous war, then you will fail in your duty, lose your reputation, and incur sin.People will talk about your disgrace forever. To the honored, disgrace is worse than death. You will go to heaven if killed in the line of duty, or you will enjoy kingdom on earth if victorious. Therefore, get up with determination to fight, O Arjuna.Just do your duty to the best of your ability without becoming discouraged by the thought of the outcome which may be success or failure, gain or loss, victory or defeat. By doing your duty with this attitude, you will not incur sin or Karmic bondage"

Watch here an very interesting excerpt of the movie "Mahabharata" from Peter Brooks:
It is the scene when Arjuna drops his bown, ready to give up and then gets a lecture of Sri Krishnaji. Enjoy:

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