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Hiduism And Abortion


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Hiduism And Abortion

  1. 1. Hinduism and Abortion <ul><ul><li>Somik Raha </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stanford University </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Core Beliefs <ul><li>Sarvam Khalidam Brahma </li></ul><ul><li>All this is really Brahman, God, Divine in Nature </li></ul><ul><li>Chandogya Upanishad </li></ul>
  3. 3. Core Beliefs <ul><li>Neha Naanaasti Kinchana </li></ul><ul><li>There is not the least trace of multiplicity here. </li></ul><ul><li>Katha Upanishad </li></ul>
  4. 4. Core Beliefs <ul><li>Mrtyoh sa mrtyum gachhati </li></ul><ul><li>Ya iha naaneva pashyati </li></ul><ul><li>One goes from death to death </li></ul><ul><li>Who seems to see differences here </li></ul><ul><li>Katha Upanishad </li></ul>
  5. 5. Implication <ul><ul><li>What is really here </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See the world truly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surface Differences </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Implication <ul><li>This is Hinduism. The technique is to fill the mind </li></ul><ul><li>with such thoughts; then approach all the many </li></ul><ul><li>practical questions that life challenges us with. </li></ul><ul><li>God is present in the mother, and in the embryo as well. </li></ul><ul><li>How can one make a blanket rule regarding pro-life or </li></ul><ul><li>pro-choice? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Applied to Abortion <ul><li>With a heart filled with love, do what is best for both mother and </li></ul><ul><li>embryo in each case under its own peculiar circumstances. </li></ul><ul><li>Every problem has its own dynamic, and if approached in the </li></ul><ul><li>right way by all parties, the proper solution will manifest of its own </li></ul><ul><li>accord, by its own inevitable logic. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Karmic Consequences <ul><li>Every action produces a result </li></ul><ul><li>The soul's journey is cut-short by our actions </li></ul><ul><li>Being irresponsible and punishing an innocent soul for our actions – is that what we want to do? </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Birth of a Child <ul><li>Not just from a physical act </li></ul><ul><li>Parents pray for a good soul to come into their family </li></ul>
  10. 10. Karmic Counterpoint The story of Ganga and Shantanu Famous painting by Raja Ravi Verma
  11. 11. Practical Ethical Test <ul><li>Is there any selfishness in the decision making process? </li></ul>
  12. 12. From Ethical to Legal <ul><li>Why would Pro-Choice and Pro-Life be mutually exclusive? </li></ul><ul><li>What if both are recognized as separate legal rights? </li></ul>