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The Law of Justice



Sometimes war is necessary — but don't ever let creeps like this tell you it's fun. War is pointless. War is evil. WAR IS HELL!

(Judge Dredd)


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We have a responsibility to bring peace and harmony to our lives and the world.

(Miranda Kerr, ~2009)


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All forms of violence, especially war, are totally unacceptable as means to settle disputes between and among nations, groups and persons.

(Tenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama)

I am a steadfast follower of the doctrine of non-violence which was first preached by Lord Buddha, whose divine wisdom is absolute...

(Tenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama)


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"Sin will overcome us if we slay such aggressors. Therefore it is not proper for us to kill the sons of Dhrtarastra and our friends. What should we gain, O Krsna, husband of the goddess of fortune, and how could we be happy by killing our own kinsmen?"

According to Vedic injunctions there are six kinds of aggressors: 1) a poison giver, 2) one who sets fire to the house, 3) one who attacks with deadly weapons, 4) one who plunders riches, 5) one who occupies another's land, and 6) one who kidnaps a wife. Such aggressors are at once to be killed, and no sin is incurred by killing such aggressors. Such killing of aggressors is quite befitting for any ordinary man,...

Bhagavad Gita as it Is, Translation and Purport 1:36 (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, 1968) - http://www.asitis.com/1/36.html


"O Pārtha, how can a person who knows that the soul is indestructible, eternal, unborn and immutable kill anyone or cause anyone to kill?"

Everything has its proper utility, and a man who is situated in complete knowledge knows how and where to apply a thing for its proper utility. Similarly, violence also has its utility, and how to apply violence rests with the person in knowledge. Although the justice of the peace awards capital punishment to a person condemned for murder, the justice of the peace cannot be blamed, because he orders violence to another person according to the codes of justice. In Manu-saṁhitā, the lawbook for mankind, it is supported that a murderer should be condemned to death so that in his next life he will not have to suffer for the great sin he has committed. Therefore, the king's punishment of hanging a murderer is actually beneficial. Similarly, when Kṛṣṇa orders fighting, it must be concluded that violence is for supreme justice, and thus Arjuna should follow the instruction, knowing well that such violence, committed in the act of fighting for Kṛṣṇa, is not violence at all because, at any rate, the man, or rather the soul, cannot be killed; so for the administration of justice, so-called violence is permitted. A surgical operation is not meant to kill the patient, but to cure him. Therefore the fighting to be executed by Arjuna at the instruction of Kṛṣṇa is with full knowledge, so there is no possibility of sinful reaction.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Translation and Purport 2:21 (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, 1968) - http://www.asitis.com/2/21.html


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In Aikido we never attack. An attack is proof that one is out of control. Never run away from any kind of challenge, but do not try to suppress or control an opponent unnaturally. Let attackers come any way they like and then blend with them. Never chase after opponents. Redirect each attack and get firmly behind it.

The real Art of Peace is not to sacrifice a single one of your warriors to defeat an enemy. Vanquish your foes by always keeping yourself in a safe and unassailable position; then no one will suffer any losses. The Way of a Warrior, the Art of Politics, is to stop trouble before it starts. It consists in defeating your adversaries spiritually by making them realize the folly of their actions. The Way of a Warrior is to establish harmony.

Aikido can be summed up like this: True victory is self-victory; let that day arrive quickly! "True victory" means unflinching courage; "self-victory" symbolizes unflagging effort; and "let that day arrive quickly" represents the glorious moment of triumph in the here and now.

Each and every master, regardless of the era or the place, heard the call and attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit - love.

(Morihei Ueshiba)


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An-eye-for-an-eye-for-an-eye-for-an-eye ... ends in making everybody blind.

The Life of Mahatma Gandhi (Louis Fischer, 1950)


No cause, however just, can warrant the indiscriminate slaughter that is going on minute by minute.

Open letter "To Every Briton" (Mohandas Gandhi, 1940)


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It was We who revealed the law: therein was guidance and light. By its standard have been judged the Jews, by the prophets who bowed to God's will, by the rabbis and the doctors of law: for to them was entrusted the protection of God's book, and they were witnesses thereto: therefore fear not men, but fear me, and sell not my signs for a miserable price. If any do fail to judge by what God hath revealed, they are Unbelievers.

We ordained therein for them: "Life for life, eye for eye, nose or nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal." But if any one remits the retaliation by way of charity, it is an act of atonement for himself. And if any fail to judge by what God hath revealed, they are wrong-doers.

And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear God.

Let the people of the Gospel judge by what God hath revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by what God hath revealed, they are those who rebel.

To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what God hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee. To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way. If God had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to God; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute;

Al Quran 5:44-48 al-ma'idah, the food - http://word.nipl.net/x/quiki/quran/arabic,tlt,literal,y ali/5.al ma%27idah.the food.html#44


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You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'

But I tell you, don't resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.

Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

Give to him who asks you, and don't turn away him who desires to borrow from you.

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.'

But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,

that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.

For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?

If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

the Gospel of Matthew 5:38-48 http://word.nipl.net/x/quiki/bible/alex,kjv,web,basic/40.matthew/5.html#38


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Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

(Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha)


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He who strikes any man mortally shall surely be put to death.

He who strikes an animal mortally shall make it good, life for life.

If anyone injures his neighbor; as he has done, so shall it be done to him:

fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as he has injured someone, so shall it be done to him.

He who kills an animal shall make it good; and he who kills a man shall be put to death.

Leviticus 24:17-21 - http://word.nipl.net/x/quiki/bible/hebrew,kjv,web,basic/3.leviticus/24.html#17


One witness may not make a statement against a man in relation to any sin or wrongdoing which he has done: on the word of two or three witnesses a question is to be judged.

If a false witness makes a statement against a man, saying that he has done wrong,

Then the two men, between whom the argument has taken place, are to come before the Lord, before the priests and judges who are then in power;

And the judges will have the question looked into with care: and if the witness is seen to be false and to have made a false statement against his brother,

Then do to him what it was his purpose to do to his brother: and so put away the evil from among you.

And the rest of the people, hearing of it, will be full of fear, and never again do such evil among you.

Have no pity; let life be given for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Deuteronomy 19:15-21 - http://word.nipl.net/x/quiki/bible/hebrew,kjv,web,basic/5.deuteronomy/19.html#15


"If men fight and hurt a pregnant woman so that she gives birth prematurely, and yet no harm follows, he shall be surely fined as much as the woman's husband demands and the judges allow.

But if any harm follows, then you must take life for life,

eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

burning for burning, wound for wound, and bruise for bruise.

Exodus 21:22-24 - http://word.nipl.net/x/quiki/bible/hebrew,kjv,web,basic/2.exodus/21.html#22


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Prince Satyavan says: Sometimes virtue assumes the form of sin and sin assumes the form of virtue. It is not possible that the destruction of individuals can ever be virtuous.

King Dyumatsena replies: If the sparing of those who should be killed be virtuous, if robbers be spared, Satyavan, all distinction between virtue and vice will disappear.

Satyavan responds: Without destroying the body of the offender, the king should punish him as ordained by the scriptures. The king should not act otherwise, neglecting to reflect upon the character of the offence and upon the science of morality. By killing the wrongdoer, the King kills a large number of his innocent men. Behold by killing a single robber, his wife, mother, father and children, all are killed. When injured by wicked persons, the king should therefore think seriously on the question of punishment. Sometimes a wicked person is seen to imbibe good conduct from a pious man. It is seen that good children spring from wicked persons. The wicked should not therefore be exterminated. The extermination of the wicked is not in consonance with the eternal law.

Santiparva section 257


O Pārtha, how can a person who knows that the soul is indestructible, eternal, unborn and immutable kill anyone or cause anyone to kill?

Bhagavad Gita 2:21 - http://www.asitis.com/2/21.html


Taking as equal pleasure and pain, gain and loss, victory and defeat, gird thyself for the battle; thus thou shalt not incur sin.

Bhagavad Gita 2:38 - http://word.nipl.net/BhagavadGita.pdf


When justice is crushed, when evil is triumphant, then I come back. For the protection of the good, for the destruction of evil-doers, and for the establishment of dharma, I am born age after age.

Bhagavad Gita 6:7-8 - http://word.nipl.net/BhagavadGita.pdf