Social Orders: Kshatriya or Administrative Class

                                                                  Q. 1. What do the scriptures including the Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam have to say about "collective karma"? Our individual karma is generated by our own intentional and unintentional actions but what about the actions we perform as part of a group or as a society? Does responsibility get assigned to each one of us? Particularly, in the context of the planetary environment, we have collectively made impacts on the earth and are now seeing the consequences.

                                                                  Q. Who was Yudhisthira in his previous birth? I am trying to reconcile why he had gambling tendencies.

                                                                  You said, "By this prideful and independent-minded spirit, he actually proved that Drona's assessment was correct: Ekalavya was unfit to receive ksatriya training."

                                                                  Q. I always thought that the spiritual and dharmic role of a person is to be calm and never get angry, under any circumstance, and sacrifice one's own life before resorting to violence. However, in the Mahabharata, Krishna keeps saying so many times that it is a coward that backs down from a war. At the same time, He says that war is inevitable when all other options are exhausted. However, I don't understand this because whenever He says this, the war is referring to protecting one's honor.

                                                                  Q. While there are clear references by Lord Krishna against killing animals, why was killing of animals still taking place during Lord Krishna's time? Why did Pandu and Arjuna kill animals for sport? Why does Lord Rama hunt for a deer, etc?