Dr. Acharya Shree Yogeesh is a spiritualist and practitioner of Eastern philosophy with a Doctorate of Philosophy in “The Six Substances of Jainism: A Comparative Study with Buddhist Texts.” Acharya Shree is also founder of Yogeesh Ashram, a California-based non-profit whose sole purpose is “to uplift and awaken souls.”
Violent videogames, in the doctor’s opinion, contribute little or nothing to that mandate.
In a YouTube video from earlier this year, Acharya Shree talks about the karmic effects of videogames on users, stating that the impact on users is “very bad” because “their intention is not pure.” He added, “Even though they are just characters or cartoons, …killing is immoral. Violence is the worst thing in the world to collect the bad karma.”
Acharya Shree continued, “Where there is killing in world, even when it is mental, it brings a lot of bad karma and person can be suffering even in this life, you never know, because the karmic effect can happen in this life. It is not that this person has to wait for the next life to have the bad result.”
He suggest a ban on violent games:
So I suggest that those kinds of games, which teach children a lot of violence, it is not good for the family, good for the society, good for the nation. We need to put ban on those kinds of characters, those kind of games…
It is not a good future for the nation at all. The children will go violent and will create trouble in the society when they grow up because they get habit to kill. …They might kill each other!
Acharya Shree on what kinds of games parents should be encouraging their kids to play:
Teach your children not that kind of games, teach something mathematical, where their brains get sharp, or historical games, where there is knowledge in world, where there is maybe philosophy in world, where there is psychology in world, where their brain can get sharper more and they become more intelligent… they become more peaceful, they become more calm and they will not disturb the family, they will not disturb the society and they will not disturb the nation.
I suggest our government needs to take the step toward this because these games, they are making our society very violent and it is just time to stop those companies who are making that kind of games.
We are all responsible for that violence because we are not protesting.