Thursday, December 27, 2012

Non-violence: Ahimsa

Hinduism offers a very comprehensive support to non-violence (ahimsa) — its outlook is practicable and up-to-date. To give an example, a Hindu might suggest, “An old lady verbally abusing her daughter-in-law is violence, but an army officer annihilating a terrorist is non-violence.

In Hinduism, ahimsa is not a theoretical concept where killing any living being is bad karma but involves a fine balance between karma and dharma (what was done vs. what the universe expected from us). At the same time, because karma includes what we say or think, hurting an innocent being’s feelings by our words counts as violent karma.

Would you agree with the example above (in bold)? If not, please tell us why?


Anonymous said...

Good question. I learned a lot about this from the book Forgiving the Unforgivable, about a group of meditators caught in the Mumbai terrorist attack who forgave their attackers unconditionally, even though two of their friends were shot and killed. They explained that they wanted to answer hatred with compassion.

Vince Ahuv said...

I disagree with the above statement. Who is to say who a terrorist is? This could be used by anyone justifying whatever war. Non-violence covers everything.

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