Last updated on: 10/15/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Himalayan Academy at Kauai's Hindu Monestary Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Hindus know that all souls reincarnate, take one body and then another, evolving through experience over long periods of time. Like the caterpillar’s metamorphosis into the butterfly, death doesn’t end our existence but frees us to pursue an even greater development…

When a person is put on long-term life support, he must be left on it until some natural biological or environmental event brings death. If he is killed through euthanasia, this again further disturbs the timing of the death. As a result, the timing of future births would be drastically altered.

Euthanasia, the willful destruction of a physical body, is a very serious karma. This applies to all cases including someone experiencing long-term, intolerable pain. Even such difficult life experiences must be allowed to resolve themselves naturally. Dying may be painful, but death itself is not. All those involved (directly or indirectly) in euthanasia will proportionately take on the remaining prarabdha karma of the dying person. And the euthanasia participants will, to the degree contributed, face a similar karmic situation in this or a future life.”

“Karma and Reincarnation,” www.himalayanacademy.com (accessed Oct. 12, 2009)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“The study programs of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery are conducted under the banner of Himalayan Academy. Founded by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001, affectionately known as Gurudeva), and guided by his successor, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, the Academy offers study of The Master Course trilogy of books, annual teaching and worship events on Kauai on the occasion of Gurudeva’s mahasamadhi anniversary in October/November, and periodic Innersearch Travel-Study Programs.”

“Himalayan Academy,” www.himalayanacademy.com (accessed Oct. 15, 2009)

Mission:

“Modern Insights into Hinduism: Step onto the traditional path of self-transformation through the teachings of an ancient Saivite lineage: The Master Course.”

“Himalayan Academy,” www.himalayanacademy.com (accessed Oct. 15, 2009)

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