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What's the Krishna conscious view on euthanasia?

by Laxmimoni dasi

In Krishna Consciousness we look at the process of suffering, disease, and ultimately death as intimately tied with karma. One gets a certain amount of happiness and distress along with this body. In the Srimad Bhagavatam it is said: "My dear Lord, one who earnestly waits for You to bestow Your causeless mercy upon him, all the while patiently suffering the reactions of his past misdeeds and offering You respectful obeisances with his heart, words and body, is surely eligible for liberation, for it has become his rightful claim." (10.14.8)

So to take one's life before they complete their allotted suffering will only mean that suffering will have to be accepted somewhere else, at another time. Furthermore, each living entity is meant to remain a certain amount of time in a particular body, and by altering that artificially, one will have to take birth again to complete their time within that body.