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IMPORTANCE OF KSHATRIYA DHARMA
even if one accepts Gandhi's teachings as a necessary modern
reformation of an older more militant tradition, one cannot dismiss
alternative points of view within the fabric of the rich Hindu
tradition that is never defined by the teachings of any one person,
however great. Nor can one deny the spiritual greatness of yogis
like Aurobindo who did not embrace Gandhian non-violence.
It could be argued that Gandhi did not entirely understand the
yogic principle of non- violence, a point that Aurobindo has made.
Gandhi's non-violent resistance is not the same as the non-violence
outlined in traditional texts like the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali,
which is not a form of resistance employed on a social level but a
spiritual principle applied in individual sadhana. Gandhi put
people, including himself, in situations where they would draw the
violence of others upon themselves.
This was done in order to make others feel guilty about the
violence they were forced to perpetrate upon passive victims, so
that their bad conscience would force them to change their ways.
Such passive resistance is a political weapon - and can be a very
useful one-as many groups throughout the world have learned since
Gandhi. It was Gandhi's genius that he developed and learned how to
effectively use non-violence in the political sphere.