1. Standard memberDasa
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    The battle of Kurukshetra was fought 5000yrs ago in India and 3.95 million people were killed in 18 days.

    Rivers of blood were seen flowing with arms and legs and heads bobbing around.

    How glorious was that battle that even the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krsna was there driving the chariot for Arjuna.

    The Bhagavad Gita was spoken on that battle field - before the fighting began.

    After the fighting subsided and when night fell - the opponents of one side went to the other side and talked of the days fighting - swapping stories of heroic deeds.

    At day break the fighting continued.

    Fighting wars is an eternal activity of living beings - and righteous wars are always glorious when fought for the right reasons.

    No women and children were there - and there were only kshatriyas (warriors) at the battle.

    In Vedic culture violence of any type is condemned for the sake of the peace of the citizens - but righteous warring is glorified when true religious principles are at stake.

    Rules of engagement
    The two supreme commanders met and framed "rules of ethical conduct", dharmayuddha, for the war. The rules included:

    Fighting must begin no earlier than sunrise and end exactly at sunset.
    Multiple warriors may not attack a single warrior.
    Two warriors may "duel", or engage in prolonged personal combat, only if they carry the same weapons and they are on the same mount (no mount, a horse, an elephant, or a chariot).
    No warrior may kill or injure a warrior who has surrendered.
    One who surrenders becomes a prisoner of war and will then be subject to the protections of a prisoner of war.
    No warrior may kill or injure an unarmed warrior.
    No warrior may kill or injure an unconscious warrior.
    No warrior may kill or injure a person or animal not taking part in the war.
    No warrior may kill or injure a warrior whose back is turned away.
    No warrior may attack a woman.
    No warrior may strike an animal not considered a direct threat.
    The rules specific to each weapon must be followed. For example, it is prohibited to strike below the waist in mace warfare.
    Warriors may not engage in any "unfair" warfare.
  2. Standard memberRJHinds
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    09 Oct '11 16:21
    Originally posted by Dasa
    The battle of Kurukshetra was fought 5000yrs ago in India and 3.95 million people were killed in 18 days.

    Rivers of blood were seen flowing with arms and legs and heads bobbing around.

    How glorious was that battle that even the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krsna was there driving the chariot for Arjuna.

    The Bhagavad Gita was spoken on that battle fie ...[text shortened]... strike below the waist in mace warfare.
    Warriors may not engage in any "unfair" warfare.
    But what if the other side does not follow these rules, and say, continues
    the attack through the night. Is there any allowance for defensive fighting
    during these situations?
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    09 Oct '11 16:281 edit
    Morality comes from God!? Meh! 😞
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    09 Oct '11 16:54
    Originally posted by Dasa
    The battle of Kurukshetra was fought 5000yrs ago in India and 3.95 million people were killed in 18 days.

    Rivers of blood were seen flowing with arms and legs and heads bobbing around.

    How glorious was that battle that even the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krsna was there driving the chariot for Arjuna.

    The Bhagavad Gita was spoken on that battle fie ...[text shortened]... strike below the waist in mace warfare.
    Warriors may not engage in any "unfair" warfare.
    I know who you really are mate...

    😉
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    09 Oct '11 16:56
    Originally posted by divegeester
    I know who you really are mate...

    😉
    The easter bunny?
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    09 Oct '11 17:31
    Originally posted by Agerg
    Morality comes from God!? Meh! 😞
    So God does exist? 😉
  7. Standard memberDasa
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    09 Oct '11 17:32
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    But what if the other side does not follow these rules, and say, continues
    the attack through the night. Is there any allowance for defensive fighting
    during these situations?
    Vedic warriors always follow the rules of engagement.

    In the Vedic times the warriors were also learned and properly behaved.
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    09 Oct '11 17:47
    Originally posted by Dasa
    In the Vedic times the warriors were also learned and properly behaved.
    So what went wrong?
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    09 Oct '11 18:44
    Originally posted by Dasa
    The battle of Kurukshetra was fought 5000yrs ago in India and 3.95 million people were killed in 18 days.

    Rivers of blood were seen flowing with arms and legs and heads bobbing around.

    How glorious was that battle that even the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krsna was there driving the chariot for Arjuna.

    The Bhagavad Gita was spoken on that battle fie ...[text shortened]... strike below the waist in mace warfare.
    Warriors may not engage in any "unfair" warfare.
    if you are going to have rules for warfare why not include
    No killing
    No maiming
    No fighting
    No shouting

    and decide the result over a game of chess?

    Your rules for warfare make it no more glorious than any other war.
  10. Standard memberDasa
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    09 Oct '11 18:51
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    if you are going to have rules for warfare why not include
    No killing
    No maiming
    No fighting
    No shouting

    and decide the result over a game of chess?

    Your rules for warfare make it no more glorious than any other war.
    Modern warfare is not glorious the least.

    The men rape the women.

    They kill children women and old men.

    They torture.

    They have no principles and are below even the dogs.
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    09 Oct '11 18:55
    Originally posted by Dasa
    In the Vedic times the warriors were also learned and properly behaved.
    Yup, you got that right. They ate meat!

    -m.
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    09 Oct '11 18:58
    Originally posted by Dasa
    In the Vedic times the warriors were also learned and properly behaved.
    Yup, you got that right. They ate meat!

    By the way, when did Vedic times cease to be?

    -m.
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    09 Oct '11 19:12
    Originally posted by Dasa
    Modern warfare is not glorious the least.

    The men rape the women.

    They kill children women and old men.

    They torture.

    They have no principles and are below even the dogs.
    if the numbers were correct there must have been a lot of spare lasses
  14. Standard memberDasa
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    09 Oct '11 19:12
    Originally posted by mikelom
    Yup, you got that right. They ate meat!

    By the way, when did Vedic times cease to be?

    -m.
    5000 yrs ago.
  15. Standard memberDasa
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    09 Oct '11 19:14
    Originally posted by mikelom
    Yup, you got that right. They ate meat!

    By the way, when did Vedic times cease to be?

    -m.
    They were properly behaved because they did not kill defenceless cows like the cowards of today.
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