The past few weeks there were news about executions, here in Indonesia and Indonesian abroad. The former were drug traffickers, and the later was Indonesian maids in Saudi Arabia.
This is not about right or wrong. This is just my thoughts on death penalty.
A country, trying to defend it’s order and equilibrium, set up some rules. When people break a country’s rules and get caught with it, they get punished according to the rules. Some countries (55, according to Amnesty International UK) have death sentences as one of the punishment in their laws.
But who are we to take other people’s life? A lifetime is such a blessing, a grace. Maybe in this lifetime a person is so disconnected with their inner wisdom that they made mistakes. But no matter how grave the mistake was, does it justify taking another person’s life? Does it justify taking away someone’s body before it’s time?
Your body is your soul’s garment, given to you by God. It must be taken care of, looked after, and appreciated. It is an indispensable tool for the soul, to help you carry out & accomplish your mission.
~ Korshed Bhavnagri
The body is a home for the soul, a vehicle to go through this lifetime. And I read and heard again and again from various sources – it is our duty to take care of it to the best of our abilities, so it can function well during the time we’re given. So with this point of view, even suicide, taking own’s life is not acceptable, let alone taking other’s life.
As we’re on the subject of taking other person’s life. What about war? Taking other person’s life because he is the ‘enemy’? Fighting each other for a ’cause’ – perhaps the ideology of the nation. But what are nations but human imagination? With imaginary borders only to be seen on a map.
And what about religion? It is the biggest reason of people killing each other. How absurd, as at the core religion is about love and compassion.
Speaking of war, in the Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna taught Arjuna that it is his dharma as a warrior to go out there and fight (and possibly kill) his teachers, cousins, uncles. Arjuna didn’t want to fight, and Lord Krishna told him to go fight the war and fulfill his duty. And explained that the soul is eternal while the physical body is only temporary.
Anyway. Perhaps it is their karma, to be executed. Maybe something they did in their past lives so they have to go through it this time. Then the ones who decided on the execution has planted a karmic seed too, that will come to fruition sooner or later. And the circle goes on and on.
Still my heart questions “Who are we to take other people’s life?”
Image credit: … to dusty death by Sippanont Samchai