Corona crisis from the perspective of the Holy Bhagavad-Gita

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

When I look at the population, I see two large groups:

One group believes that Covid-19 is a life-threatening virus and that all measures taken by the government are necessary to prevent the disease from breaking out. They are looking forward for a vaccine that will make them immune to this virus.

The second large group considers the virus to be a kind of imagination, a deliberately triggered hype, which is used as a tool to put the economy into a “reset state” and to snatch the democratic rights of people. There are even talks of a planned vaccine that is to provide the population with a control chip. Some even speak of a planned decimation of population because the world is said to be overpopulated.

There does exists a good number of intermediate groups with various other views and interpretations.

Everyone in these two main groups have one thing in common: they suffer. One group suffers because they are afraid of a life-threatening virus all through the day from morning to evening. The other group suffers because they are affected by economic slumps and sees

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these rules imposed as robbing of their liberty and a loss of federal rights in the society.


How can we view the current corona crisis through the light of the Holy Bhagavad-Gita? This millennia-old sacred book speaks of Dharma and Adharma, i.e. of actions that are performed in accordance with divine commandments and of contrary actions that violate the divine commandments.

Dharma, for example, means that people should be kind towards all living being. One should not cause unnecessary suffering to any living being. Lord Krishna, who is acknowledged by the Vedas as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who bestows us the ultimate knowledge through the Holy Bhagavad-Gita, wants us to be compassionate not just towards human beings, but in general to the nature in its entire form, including all of animals, plants, fish and insects.

Do people really adhere to this principle of not causing unnecessary suffering to any living creature? DO they really follow Dharma? The fact is that every year on this planet, hundreds of billions of animals are systematically bred, kept in confined cages, administered with strong hormones, and then brutally slaughtered, which is Adharma. Most probably these poor animals will never get to see the blue sky, the sun or a green meadow at least once in their entire life. Can we imagine the magnitude of suffering faced by these hundreds of billions of poor animals? (Do note this count is for only one year!)

Unfortunately, since a very long time, the divine principle preached in the Holy Bhagavad-Gita has been ignored in the planet.

Looking at this, it is not at all surprising that globally humanity is now being forced to get back the karma of their own sinister acts. Both groups have human beings, who have by means through their meat consumption for many years caused the suffering of billions of animals. It doesn't really matter to which group you belong to, whether you consider the virus causes a life-threatening disease or consider it to be a deliberately staged hysteria.

Let's take a closer look at what we get back as karmic reactions:

  • Deprivation of ones liberty, restrictions through quarantine regulations, lockdown, ban on visiting relatives and friends, mandatory face masks, personal tracking and monitoring apps, safe distance rules in public areas and “social distancing”. Could the reason perhaps be because we invariably deprive these animals their freedom, keeping them trapped in narrow, musty stalls, not allowing them to roam freely in the open space, tagging and tracking them with transmitters and cruelly taking their offspring’s such as calves away from their mothers immediately after birth?

  • Fear of a dangerous vaccine that shall supposedly weaken us or getting induced with a permanent chip which shall in force be fed on us. If these fears were to be justified, it would also be a karmic reaction due to the way we treat animals. In the systematic breeding, the animals are forcefully injected with strong vaccines and antibiotics without choices, so that no diseases spread in the narrow stables and cages they are put into. As far as the idea of human population decimation is concerned, it can be contemplated to the constant killing of animals which are also systematically decimated so that the breeding farms do not overcrowd.

Lord Krishna says in the Holy Bhagavad-Gita (9.10, mayādhyakṣeṇa prakṛtiḥ), “The material nature, which is one of the manifestations of my energies, works completely under My guidance.” In other words, the material nature ensures that the embodied souls (That is us!) receive karmic reactions to their past misdeeds.

There are several possible ways to receive these karmic reactions:

  1. Nature responds to our ominous (Adharmic) actions with a life-threatening virus that not only creates panic to human beings, but also infects thousands of people, making them sick and sometimes even kill them.

  2. Nature responds with a normal flu virus, which is misjudged to be a killer virus but however spreads fear and terror among human beings. (We should remember that every animal encounters fear and terror the moment they realize that they would be slaughtered)

  3. There is no killer virus in reality, but nature empowers a small group of people to create a targeted illusion and hysteria to a large group of people.

Some readers may ponder on point 3, but the Holy Bhagavad-gita states that the material nature can trick us - the embodied souls, to get into an illusion that we suddenly believe in things that do not exist at all (Maya).

According to Holy Bhagavad-gita, the solution to the corona crisis cannot be found just by the constant wearing of a face mask or by means of a vaccine. Some people may think the solution comes with changing the political or economic systems or the leaders in them. All these are just a superficial view of dealing just the symptoms, but they do not throw light on the solution at all.

The solution is beyond these contemplations, it is rather about introspecting deeply the way we deal with our mother nature and then change our behavior for good (Dharmic way). Nature comes from God, to be precise, it is a manifestation of God. Animals were not created by God to make us give them sufferings, but their creation is for us to cherish their existence and enjoy life together in tandem.

In all certainty one thing that we can definitely foresee is that if we give up our hostility towards animals, the corona crisis pandemic would definitely be over much faster than we can ever think of.

The only way to get past these sufferings is to drop adharma and follow dharma. Avoid making other living creatures suffer; take up dharma by being kind and compassionate to each and every form of living being and thus befriend nature and God.

Krishnarpanamastu !!


Author : von Paramshreya Dasa (Phillip Trier Rabe)

Translation credits from German to Indian: Karthik Subramanian.


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