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Q:

Poojya Swamiji, Pranams

How should we react when we come across injustice (adharma),how to react with people who don't do their duties properly? for example in a workplace if someone is abusive and alcoholic how to manage that?

RS

A:

Dear and blessed RS,

Your email dated 6th Nov. 2012 is before me and I am reading it again.

How to react to injustice and adharma, the answer is very simple, first of all, be given to justice and dharma and whenever adharma and injustice are there, resent it. Whether you should resist and control it is another question. Are you in a position to resist and control? And are you prepared to standby the consequences which arise in the process? If answers to these questions are “yes”, then you may do it.

Generally there are law breakers in the society. The ordinary civilian has no right to contain them, restrain them or take them to further proceedings. We have got a police force, the home department which alone has got the requisite authority and resources to deal with the violators of law, they have to deal with.

A government officer who asks for bribe before doing his duty before a citizen, how can the citizen stop it? Now such demands and procedures will have to be dealt with by the Government department themselves and particularly the superior officers. So wherever you have got the right to resist, you may resist. For example, if somebody enters your house and behaves in an unlawful manner you are the first person to resist it and handle it if you can. But when the same thing appears in the public, the standards will have to be different. The public roads and public places are under the control of the police and the Government, we have no right to rule over them.

So this is the point that you have to use your discretion always in.

First of all, dislike and dis-approve of injustice, whether you can resist it physically or otherwise try to do it effectively but from our mind as well as the mouth a clear denunciation of injustice should be done where ever it is the least possible and effective. In fact not resisting the evil is actually giving a sanction for it to flourish.

Love and ashirvaad,

Ma and Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha also send their loving best wishes.

Antaraatma,

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha