In Mahabharata, Shree krishna tells Arjuna to destroy his enemies and brothers. He reminds Arjuna of how draupadi was insulted and everything. He tells that punishing the sinful is the duty of Kshatriyas and it's not sin. If so, can someone take revenge and punish someone who has done some wrong things? should a person be blamed if he punishes the corrupt group of people in society?
If so, can someone take revenge and punish someone who has done some wrong things? should a person be blamed if he punishes the corrupt group of people in society?
Taking revenge and to punish someone are not exactly one and the same thing. Wrong doers should always be punished. To not punish them is again a blameable act.
Here are some verses from the Manu Smriti that talk about the need for punishment.
Manu Smriti 7.22. The whole world is kept in order by punishment, for a guiltless man is hard to find; through fear of punishment the whole world yields the enjoyments (which it owes)
Manu Smriti 7.23. The gods, the Danavas, the Gandharvas, the Rakshasas, the bird and snake deities even give the enjoyments (due from them) only, if they are tormented by (the fear of) punishment.
Manu Smriti 7.14. For the (king’s) sake the Lord formerly created his own son, Punishment, the protector of all creatures, (an incarnation of) the law, formed of Brahman’s glory.
And, its the duty of the king to execute punishments. A king who does not punish the wicked sinks to the lower worlds.
Manu Smriti 7.16. Having fully considered the time and the place (of the offence), the strength and the knowledge (of the offender), let him justly inflict that (punishment) on men who act unjustly.
7.18. Punishment alone governs all created beings, punishment alone protects them, punishment watches over them while they sleep; the wise declare punishment (to be identical with) the law.
7.19. If (punishment) is properly inflicted after (due) consideration, it makes all people happy; but inflicted without consideration, it destroys everything.
7.20. If the king did not, without tiring, inflict punishment on those worthy to be punished, the stronger would roast the weaker, like fish on a spit;
Taking revenge, on the other hand, is not considered as a good attribute.
If external or spiritual pain is created by others, and one is not offended and does not wreak revenge, it (i.e., the spirit) is called Dama. (39)
Atri Smriti, Chapter 1, Verse 39.
And, Dama, Dana (charity), Aspriha (want of desire), Daya (mercy), Soucha (cleanliness) etc are considered as some auspicious traits or Mangala for all householders. So, a vengeful temperament is not at all praised in Scriptures.