Karma: Judging Karma

                                                                  Q. 1. Does a child who is forced to eat meat by his parents incur negative karma? Does the logic change for a mentally unstable adult?

                                                                  The laws of karma are very intricate, subtle and stringent. It is not easy to always determine a one-to-one correspondence between a particular action and what exact reactions are incurred as a result, and what proportion is assigned to whom.

                                                                  Q. My question is about Arjuna's softhearted, devotee-like nature, and not so Ksatriya-like nature. Varnashrama divisions are based on nature and not by birth. Though one may be born in any one of the varnas, one can be elevated to the position of a Vaishnava by practice of devotional service. Right?

                                                                  Q: Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to BG 18.47, “Similarly, if a ksatriya engaged in his own occupation kills an enemy, there is no sin incurred.”

                                                                  But then in the Mucukunda story, a little different slant is given in the Krsna book:

                                                                  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. If a person is addicted to drinking alcohol, for example, this is a result of an individual's past choices of association and action. With such an understanding, it seems that we are the doer, at least in terms of the choice being our doing. One might argue that it is ego to think that way.

                                                                  I understand that each of our endeavors must have the blessing of the Great One to make it happen.

                                                                  So, good or bad is it ok to say/understand that we do have a small part to play - making that choice?