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Ethical Dilemmas of Suffering at Life’s End

by Rohini dasi

Posted July 16, 2012

Is there a devotee who is researching or specialising in ethical dilemmas such as euthanasia? We know that we should not kill, but is it really so black-and-white when a devotee is in extreme pain?

What about pets? Sometimes accidents take place and the animal cannot function anymore. Do we keep them alive under every circumstance?

In the case of humans, it seems unbearably cruel to allow someone to continue living if they have third-degree burns on over 90 percent of their body. Is it really an absolute rule in Krsna consciousness that there should be no hastening of death under any circumstances?

For many of us, our gurus are not physically present anymore, and no one else may be able to replace their direct instruction. I would be keen to hear some response on this matter from devotees.

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