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How can spiritual knowledge help soldiers?
Q: So many of our soldiers have been killed by terrorist attacks, what can we do? How can spiritual knowledge help soldiers?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Spiritual knowledge is always useful in many ways. Soldiers have a lot of anxiety. If they have anxiety, knowledge can help them. There are so many soldiers committing suicide out of depression. Spiritual knowledge can help them come out of depression, it can help them to handle their mind, it can help them to better their intuitive abilities.
For terrorism, education is required. Those who have become terrorists, we can’t do much about them, unless we get them into a jail. We can do work with them in the prison. But we can stop children getting into this mindset so that down the line, 10-15 years later at least we will not have any child with such a mentality.
If you ask me how, I’ll give you an example. See, children, a few decades ago in the tribal regions never knew how to brush their teeth. Take for example, the African continent. There are many people who did not know how to brush their teeth! But today that is not the case. From young age we teach them how to brush their teeth. So dental hygiene has become a common thing. There was polio, now polio has been eradicated, how? We attended to it at the very infant level. If we could eradicate cholera, polio and these diseases by attending to kids, we can vaccinate them with anti-radicalization, we can vaccinate kids against terrorism. This is the only way we can do it. De-radicalize youths who have already gone into that mindset, and give vaccinations to kids who have not yet walked that path.
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