26. ACTIONS PERFORMED
IN OTHER THAN HUMAN LIFE
birds, beasts etc. in their births lower than human beings, only enjoy
their Prarabdha which are the ripened fruits of the Kriyaman and Sanchit
Karmas of their
past births and they leave their body immediately after their Prarabdha
Karmas are exhausted. They are called Bhog Yonis.
actions are initiated and propelled only by instincts and intuitions
and they are controlled by nature which does not allow them to perform
any new Kriyaman Karma which would be added to their Sanchit Karmas
for their subsequent births.
If a dog
or a snake bites a person causing his death, it cannot be prosecuted
for murder in a criminal court. It is the Prarabdha of that person which
propelled the dog
or snake by intuition to bite him and make him meet with such a destined
death. This does not amount to be a new Kriyaman Karma to be added as
a Sanchit Karma in the
account of that dog or snake.
kicks somebody just to defend himself against some danger suspected
by him as he has no other weapon to defend himself. And in his so doing
(kicking) if somebody is injured, the donkey would be beaten and punished
there and then, but he cannot be prosecuted in a criminal court. Civil
and criminal laws and penal codes of courts are applicable only to human
beings and not to animals, birds etc. who are lower than human beings.
If cows or
buffaloes etc. enter into a field and damage the crops, their owners
are liable for punishment or compensation under the Cattle Trespass
Act and not the
animals who actually trespassed. At the most they can be beaten there
and then and thus they suffer the fruits of their present Karmas and
thereafter they are not again
added in their Sanchit Karmas for their subsequent births.
super human births are also Bhog Yonis. They only enjoy pleasures in
the paradise being the matured ripened fruits (Prarabdha) of their pious
Sanchit Karmas accumulated in their past births. But then when they
are completely exhausted immediately they again return to human bodies.