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13) BHAKTIVEDANTA ACADEMY FOR CULTURE AND EDUCATION (BACE)
Classes in vaishnava cooking, deity worship, ayurveda, spiritual business ethics, accounting, martial arts, playing of instruments, vedic ragas, yoga, raising Krishna Conscious children and other such skills are also offered in the syllabus.
Q. Can you please explain the role of martial arts in modern society and what their purpose was in the Vedic culture? Is practicing martial arts unfavorable for Krishna consciousness?
A. Martial arts are primarily for self-defense. Although they have nothing to do with the sadhana of Gaudiya Vaisnavism, if one is interested in such arts, one can practice them without hindering one’s spiritual practice. In time, with serious spiritual practice, one’s interest in martial arts should dissolve, as is the case with all interests other than those directly concerned with krishnanusilanam, the direct culture of Krishna consciousness.
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Im interested in learning martial arts very much.. so is it sin if learn matrial arts.. i have tried many times to forget about it .. but i jus cant do it. it comes on and on.. now am 19.(running) and doin BCA in India. Im chanting 8 rounds daily and trying to take 16 rounds diksha shortly. im increasing slowly. so can i learn martial arts even though it has nothing to do with krishna conciousness and my sadhana.is it sin if i do so?