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Dheeraj K. Arya
“Non-violence is a weapon of the strong.”

The word “Ahimsa” is from the Sanskrit language and means ‘non-harm/injury’”. It is a doctrine in the four Indian religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism and is defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica as “the ethical principle of not causing harm to other living things.”

Ahimsa is commonly translated to mean non-harming or non-violence, sometimes even compassion, both towards oneself and towards others. However, ahimsa (like most Sanskrit words) has a much deeper meaning than English translations can justly define. Ahimsa isn’t simply the practice of refraining from violent words or actions, it’s also about abstaining from violent thoughts. Ahimsa is the total and complete absence of violence from one’s mind, body, and spirit. It’s not only about evading harmful deeds, but about lacking the capacity to engage in harmful thoughts whatsoever.

A truly non-violent person avoids all forms of disturbance.
He does not cause any ripples in the world he lives by his willful actions, nor he suffers from any mental modifications within himself because of the pairs of opposites or the action of others.
He lives and acts as if he does not exist.
He bears pain and suffering with equanimity, shows extreme compassion in his dealings with others.
He offers no resistance whatsoever to the suffering inflicted upon him by nature, circumstances or others.

Different types of non-violence –
· Non injury to all living beings

1-Not causing pain and suffering to others including plants and animals.

2- Compassion towards all living creatures

3- Abstaining from animal and human sacrifices

4- The practice of forgiveness, love and friendliness

5- Peace and equanimity towards oneself and others

6- Abstaining from eating meat and animal products Abstaining from hunting animals or using animals for entertainment and animal fights.

Ahimsa is complicated, but ahimsa can be as easy as riding a bike instead of driving a car. Ahimsa is looking in the mirror and not thinking that you look fat in that outfit. Ahimsa is as easy as remembering that all beings everywhere have the right to be happy and free. Ahimsa is mindfulness. Ahimsa is an idea that can grow into a reality if we will it so. Ahimsa in our thoughts is the final frontier. Our thoughts are the fountainhead of our words and our actions. If we can become ahimsak in our thoughts, then the chances of us indulging in violent words or deeds, becomes greatly reduced.
It is therefore apparent that Ahimsa is a philosophy that touches all aspects of our life. Ahimsa is a way of life–in fact a superior way of life .



Dheeraj K. Arya
Translam Academy

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