Many believe war is unavoidable when all attempts at peacemaking have failed, whereas some believe war is never right. Hindu perspectives on war and peace are based on principles of non-violence and duty.
What is war?
The search for a peaceful solution to a problem
Two people who disagree and come to blows
An organised conflict between states
Which of these is a common cause of war?
To defend yourself against an aggressor
To agree with friends about the right thing to do
To pray for your enemies
How does the United Nations try to avoid wars?
By providing weapons for both sides
By remaining indifferent
By getting countries to discuss their problems
What do pacifists believe about war?
Sometimes it might be legitimate and right, though not desirable
It is always a good thing
It is never acceptable
How does the principle of ahimsa affect how some Hindus view taking part in war?
They believe it is morally wrong to harm another living being
They believe it is good action and would take part in any war
They believe taking part in war is fun
Who is in despair about taking part in war in the Bhagavad Gita?
Why do some Hindus agree with taking part in war sometimes?
They believe it is good action to fight and kill
They believe it is a duty to protect the innocent - dharma
No Hindus agree with taking in part in war, ever
Which of these is not allowed according to rules about war in the Rig Veda and Laws of Manu?
Using any weapons
Hurting women and children
Hurting enemy soldiers
How do beliefs about the atman affect the way some Hindus view killing in war?
It is eternal and will be reborn so the death is only of a body
It can never be replaced so death is the total end
Which of these does NOT explain Mahatma Gandhi's views about war and violence?
War is sometimes the only way
The force generated by non-violence is infinitely greater than the force of all the weapons invented by human ingenuity
An eye for an eye and the world will soon be blind