A H I M S A

The Way...The Truth...And the Life = AHIMSA

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What the Bhagavad Gita Says About Ahimsa

"One should not think that since the spirit spark is never killed even after the killing of the body there is no harm in killing animals for sense gratification. The animals are also making progress in their evolutionary life by transmigrating from one category of animal life to another."

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami defines ahimsa in other ways as supported by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita:

 

Nonviolence is generally taken to mean not killing or destroying the body, but actually nonviolence means not to put others into distress. People in general are trapped by ignorance in the material concept of life, and they perpetually suffer material pains. So unless one elevates people to spiritual knowledge, one is practicing violence. One should try his best to distribute real knowledge to the people, so that they may become enlightened and leave this material entanglement. That is nonviolence. (A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami)

 

Ahimsa, nonviolence, means that one should not do anything which will put others into misery or confusion. Material activities that are promised by so many politicians, sociologists, philanthropists, etc., do not produce very good results because the politicians and philanthropists have no transcendental vision; they do not know what is actually beneficial for human society. Ahimsa means that people should be trained in such a way that the full utilization of the human body can be achieved. The human body is meant for spiritual realization, so any movement or any commissions which do not further that end commit violence on the human body. That which furthers the future spiritual happiness of the people in general is called nonviolence. (A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami)

 

Ahimsa means not arresting the progressive life of any living entity. One should not think that since the spirit spark is never killed even after the killing of the body there is no harm in killing animals for sense gratification. The animals are also making progress in their evolutionary life by transmigrating from one category of animal life to another. If a particular animal is killed, then his progress is checked. If an animal is staying in a particular body for so many days or so many years and is untimely killed, then he has to come back again in that form of life to complete the remaining days in order to be promoted to another species of life. So their progress should not be checked simply to satisfy one's palate. This is called ahimsa. (source)

 

Applying the Principle of Nonviolence (Ahimsa) ~ Yogananda and Jesus

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth’: But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew 5:38)

Therefore, Jesus again, as in the principle of nonkilling, speaks of the ideal of noninjury (ahimsa) to any human being (and animal)—in word, thought, speech, or action.  It enjoins freedom from the desire for revenge and not resisting evil with evil methods.  Jesus advises man to conquer evil by the infinitely powerful virtue of forgiveness and love.  He speaks figuratively of turning the other cheek to illustrate the influence of goodness over inimical behavior.  If anybody vents his anger with a slap and receives a slap in return, it only increases his anger and desire to deliver stronger blows—and maybe a kick or a bullet!  A calm response, on the other hand, is quite disconcerting and disarming.  With a resentful second blow his physical wrath is quite likely to be spent.  Wrath is increased by wrath as fire increases by fire, but as fire is extinguished by water, so also, wrath is subdued by kindliness.

One whose immunity of calmness and love can resist the hatred from an angry brother thereby prevents that virus of disquieting emotion from entering within himself." (source)

Paramahansa Yogananda, The Second Coming of Christ

Inspiring quotes from Mahatma Gandhi

"Ahimsa is the highest duty. Even if we cannot practice it in full, we must try to understand its spirit and refrain as far as is humanly possible from violence."

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

"Ahimsa is an attribute of the brave. Cowardice and ahimsa don't go together any more that water and fire."

"The power of unarmed nonviolence is any day far superior to that of armed force."

"Strictly speaking, no activity and no industry is possible without a certain amount of violence, no matter how little. Even the very process of living is impossible without a certain amount of violence. What we have to do is to minimize it to the greatest extent possible."

"The strength to kill is not essential for self-defence; one ought to have the strength to die."

"True ahimsa should wear a smile even on a deathbed brought about by an assailant. It is only with that ahimsa that we can befriend our opponents and win their love."

"Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

Inspiring Quotes from Swami Vivekananda

 

"Never producing pain by thought, word, and deed, in any living being, is what is called Ahimsâ, non-injury."

 

"There is no happiness higher than what a man obtains by this attitude of non-offensiveness, to all creation."

"Ahimsa (non-killing), truthfulness, purity, mercy, and godliness are always to be kept."

"Non-injuring has to be attained by him who would be free. No one is more powerful than he who has attained perfect non-injuring. No one could fight, no one could quarrel, in his presence. Yes, his very presence, and nothing else, means peace, means love wherever he may be. Nobody could be angry or fight in his presence. Even the animals, ferocious animals, would be peaceful before him."

"The test of Ahimsa is absence of jealousy."

"These practices - non-killing, truthfulness, non-stealing, chastity, and non-receiving - are to be practised by every man, woman, and child; by every soul, irrespective of nation, country, or position."

"There is no virtue higher than non-injury."

V I D E O: L I V I N G  B E I N G S

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Thirty-three year old Damien Mander served as a special operations sniper and clearance diver for Australia. Whilst deployed in Iraq he project managed the Iraq Special Police Training Academy, overseeing training of up to 700 cadets at one time. Following three years on the frontline of the Iraq war he departed in 2008 with no new direction in life. A trip to Africa left him face-to-face with the horrors that the world's wildlife is dealing with.

 

Liquidating all personal assets acquired from 12 tours of duty, he founded the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. The organisation focuses on ranger training, operations and integrating modern technology into conservation. Today, the Australian is a soldier-turned-environmental activist. He is outspoken about conservation and the nature of our priorities in an uncertain world. Damien's work has featured in National Geographic Magazine, 60 Minutes, Animal Planet, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, Forbes, Sunday Times, & Good Weekend Magazine. (source)

CAUTION: This man will touch even the hardest hearts...

V I D E O: Modern Warrior Damien Mander @ TEDxSydney

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