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Why do different prophets give contradictory teachings?

Prophets are born from time to time to remove a catastrophe and establish Dharma. They
preach according to the time, place, conditions and requirements. Lord Buddha preached, “Don’t
kill”. Guru Govind Singh preached, “Kill”. When Buddha was born, people were sacrificing
many animals. He had to preach Ahimsa to stop killing. Guru Govind Singh had to infuse
chivalry in man. One prophet preached, “Renounce and go to the forest”. Sri Ramanuja
preached, “Enjoy at home. Have no attachment. Worship Vishnu”. The teachings are not
contradictory in reality. They are needed to suit the occasion, time and nature of men.

From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda

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