Are we violating our own human rights (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 13, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 07, Text 15

The Bhagavad-gita (07.15) uses the word mudhas, meaning asses, to refer to those unfortunate people who violate their own human rights.

Our society exalts as human rights those claims that nature automatically and adequately endows to animals: bodily protection and maintenance. Gita wisdom prods us to rethink whether we might have got our definition of human rights wrong. True, our mismanagement of nature’s gifts has made these natural endowments rare for a large number of our fellow humans.

Nonetheless, our essential human right — the feature that differentiates us from animals and defines us as humans– is our faculty for philosophical thought; our ability to contemplate the meaning and purpose of our existence; our capacity to enquire about our actual identity and final destiny. Our essential human right is the right to spiritual enlightenment.

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