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18583Swami Sivananda on Ahimsa

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Feb 25, 2013

      Ahimsa or non-injury, of course, implies non-killing.
      But, non-injury is not merely non-killing. In its
      comprehensive meaning, Ahimsa or non-injury means entire
      abstinence from causing any pain or harm whatsoever to
      any living creature, either by thought, word, or deed.
      Non-injury requires a harmless mind, mouth, and hand.

      Ahimsa is not mere negative non-injury. It is positive,
      cosmic love. It is the development of a mental attitude
      in which hatred is replaced by love. Ahimsa is true sacrifice.
      Ahimsa is forgiveness. Ahimsa is Sakti (power). Ahimsa is
      true strength.


      Only the ordinary people think that Ahimsa is not to hurt
      any living being physically. This is but the gross form
      of Ahimsa. The vow of Ahimsa is broken even by showing
      contempt towards another man, by entertaining unreasonable
      dislike for or prejudice towards anybody, by frowning at
      another man, by hating another man, by abusing another
      man, by speaking ill of others, by backbiting or vilifying,
      by harbouring thoughts of hatred, by uttering lies, or
      by ruining another man in any way whatsoever.

      All harsh and rude speech is Himsa (violence or injury).
      Using harsh words to beggars, servants or inferiors is Himsa. Wounding the feelings of others by gesture, expression,
      tone of voice and unkind words is also Himsa. Slighting
      or showing deliberate discourtesy to a person before others
      is wanton Himsa. To approve of another's harsh actions is
      indirect Himsa. To fail to relieve another's pain, or even
      to neglect to go to the person in distress is a sort of Himsa.
      It is the sin of omission. Avoid strictly all forms of
      harshness, direct or indirect, positive or negative, immediate
      or delayed. Practice Ahimsa in its purest form and become
      divine. Ahimsa and Divinity are one.


      If you practice Ahimsa, you should put up with insults,
      rebukes, criticisms and assaults also. You should never
      retaliate nor wish to offend anybody even under extreme
      provocation. You should not entertain any evil thought
      against anybody. You should not harbour anger. You should
      not curse. You should be prepared to lose joyfully even
      your life in the cause of Truth. The Ultimate Truth can be
      attained only through Ahimsa.

      Ahimsa is the acme of bravery. Ahimsa is not possible
      without fearlessness. Non-violence cannot be practiced by
      weak persons. Ahimsa cannot be practiced by a man who is
      terribly afraid of death and has no power of resistance and endurance. It is a shield, not of the effeminate, but of
      the potent. Ahimsa is a quality of the strong. It is a weapon
      of the strong. When a man beats you with a stick, you should
      not entertain any thought of retaliation or any unkind feeling towards the tormentor. Ahimsa is the perfection of forgiveness.