Last updated on: 11/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Samvidananda Saraswati Biography

Title:
Head of Kailash Ashram
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Hinduism is full of compassion and forgiveness. Leave aside human beings, we are supposed to be kind even to insects and animals. We are not supposed to kill a small insect. Therefore, taking the life of a human being is a very big issue for us. Our Hindu dharma is very clear that use of violence against anyone is not allowed. Any other type of punishment may be given, but we should not take anyone’s life. Our scriptures and Vedas do not favor capital punishment. They advocate the principle of nonviolence.”

“Capital Punishment: Time to Abandon It?” Hinduism Today, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Head, Kailash Ashram
  • Hindu Monk
  • Member, Acharya Sabha
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • Full title is Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Swami Samvidananda Saraswati Ji Maharaj
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?
  2. Does Hinduism Support the Death Penalty?