Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04, Text 40
By Chaitanya Charan Das
Some people ask, “The Bhagavad-gita is said to be a spiritual book, yet it endorses violence. Isn’t that anti-spiritual?”
No, because the Gita is a spiritual book spoken in an emergency social context. Here’s an example to understand that social context.
Suppose an arrested sex abuser who has shown not the slightest sign of remorse or reformation is released without undergoing the due process of justice — and that abuser goes on a rampage abusing many more people. Naturally, such a release would be a form of violence.
Now turn the situation around and assume that such a criminal is in charge of society. One shudders to think about the kind of atrocities the people under such a ruler would have to undergo. If removing such a ruler requires violence, then violence is necessary for peace. Letting such a ruler continue on in power in the name of peace would allow the reign of violence to continue unabated.