Killing a human is a bigger sin than killing a fish, and killing a fish is a bigger sin than killing a tree. This is because a human has a more valuable life than a fish or a tree. What determines the moral value of a life form, according to Hindu scholars?

For multiple reasons, the karma of its previous lives cannot be relevant to how a life form is treated by humans.

  • It is determined by the amount of sins committed by the life form in the previous births .. a tree is a Jiva (life form) which has committed more sins compared to a Jiva which is currently an animal and so on. Basically killing a being which has greater sins is lesser sin compared to killing a being which has relatively less sins.
    – Rickross
    Aug 31, 2022 at 17:38
  • @Rickross That sounds problematic. Karma itself will punish evildoers in their next lives, without any need for human intervention. Evildoers who have been reincarnated as plants have already been punished by nature for their sins, so there isn't need for any extra human punishment. So the previous life of a life form is irrelevant for how humans should treat it. It should be based off of other factors.
    – Targi Koor
    Aug 31, 2022 at 18:03
  • Not completely punished .. some remnants of sins will be there otherwise why births as plants or animals? (if sins cleared off completely)
    – Rickross
    Aug 31, 2022 at 18:13
  • @Rickross They are punished by being born as a plant or animal. As karma is divine and infallible, it will work regardless of what humans will do.
    – Targi Koor
    Aug 31, 2022 at 18:16
  • How is what humans will do with them is relevant? I am not saying humans need to punish them .. their birth itself is a form of punishment because in those births they are far less privileged
    – Rickross
    Aug 31, 2022 at 18:22


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