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Awaken Bharata
Index

Preface

Keys To The Awakening Of Bharata A Call For An Intellectual...
The Importance Of Kshatriya... 

The Two Wings Of Dharma

Anti-Brahmanism Sarva Dharma Samabhava...
The Danger Of Hindus.... Hinduism Under Siege...
Devic And Asuric ... Sufis And Militance
Hindu Dharma And ...

The New Masks...

Hindu Political And ... The Hindu Renaissance...
Vedic Dharma And ... A Hindu Call...
Major Sections
Books By David Frawley
Arjuna

Awaken Bharata

From The River Of Heaven How I Became A Hindu
The Myth Of Aryan Invasion Of India

Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition, Sanatana Dharma

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THE IMPORTANCE OF KSHATRIYA DHARMA
Vedic Non-Violence

In this regard we should contrast the Gandhian view of non-violence with that of the older Hindu tradition, particularly the teachings of Sri Krishna and the Mahabharata. This great epic contains many chapters on the role of the Kshatriya class and its need to apply force in order to uphold right behavior in society. Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita taught several levels of teaching, not only the way of renunciation but the Yoga of works, and always honored the Kshatriya Dharma.

Sri Krishna worked throughout his life to create a Dharmic Kshatriya, an order of noble souls who could establish and sustain a Dharmic social order. He was willing to promote a great battle, a civil war among the Kshatriya themselves, to allow his handpicked Dharmic Kshatriya followers to gain power. He purified the Indian Kshatriya with the blood of a Dharmic war. Because of his great achievement a Kshatriya order was established in India that maintained a Dharmic society for many centuries. This example should not be lost on us today. 

The Kshatriya of India today, its social and political leaders, require a similar Dharmic purification, perhaps not a Kurukshetra in the literal sense but a purification from false values and egoistic practices that are rampant everywhere. Sri Krishna repeatedly encouraged Arjuna and his brothers to fight, though they were reluctant to do so. He never tried to turn them into monks against their nature or asked them to suppress their Kshatriya spirit. He raised up the spirit of Arjuna on the battlefield to fight his own kinsmen and gurus to the death for the sake of Dharma. One cannot imagine a more difficult battle than this. Should there be any doubt that absolute non-violence is always better, this would have been the ideal situation in which to employ it.

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About The Importance Of Kshatriya Dharma
The Diverse..Pg1
The Diverse..Pg2
The Diverse..Pg3
Vedic Non-Violence Pg1
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Absolute and Relative..Pg1
Absolute and Relative..Pg2
Absolute and Relative..Pg3
Absolute and Relative..Pg4
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The Decline..Pg1
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The Decline..Pg3
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The Decline..Pg6
The Decline..Pg7
The Need...Pg1
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The Need...Pg5
A Reevaluation...Pg1

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A New Kshatriya

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