leaders followed a long tradition including Shivaji, Ranjit Singh,
Rana Pratap, and such avatars as Rama and Krishna, who took up arms
to defend the Dharma. Aurobindo also supported the allied cause
against Hitler in World War II and the American cause against the
communists in the Korean War, which were quite ungandhian positions.
This was not because his mentality was unspiritual. He knew the
circumstances in which non-violence could work and those in which it
would be self-defeating.
was because he himself came from a Kshatriya background and never
lost the common sense of that class. Gandhian non-violence, however,
like his asking of the Jews to offer themselves to Hitler's furnaces
in order to melt Hitler's heart, however idealistic, lack common
sense and clearly can lead to disaster. Absolute
non - violence is no more appropriate for everyone than are monastic
rules like celibacy or complete renunciation of family and
To impose an artificial standard of
non-violence on a society as a whole undermines the Kshatriya
Dharma, or the political Dharma, and can damage the social order.
Not upholding the Kshatriya Dharma, it can undermine the will of a
people to defend itself and weaken its sense of community identity.
Those who have families and homes have a natural instinct to defend
them when attacked.