Practice Ahimsa: The principle of non-violence

In Sanskrit, Ahimsa means non-violence or the teaching of protecting all living things. The word in today’s context can be understood as treating others well, being there for people in need. It means, responding calmly in stressful situations, and saying things that move actions forward.

Shree Radhe Guru Maa-

“Ahimsa, rightly understood, is the ultimate weapon; it turns one’s enemy into a friend, thereby dismissing the possibility of further conflict. In the practice of yoga, it is important to understand that the same life flows in the veins of all creatures.”

The power of Ahimsa

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 the true sacrifice and forgiveness. Ahimsa is the true strength.

How does non-violence manifest in daily life?

Whenever, our thoughts contain negative responses like disappointment, resentment, or guilt, when we feel shame, we are subtly creating violence.

Therefore, Yoga is an excellent way to access ahimsa in our daily interactions. By practising yoga daily, you can confront your inner darkness impartially and with compassion. This then covers the way for transforming negative emotions and tendencies without acting on these feelings.

Benefits of ahimsa include:

Increases willpower

Cultivates compassion

Develops the love for self and others

Purifies thoughts

Helps to achieve peace of mind

As well as, the consistent practice of yoga can help to develop this attitude of non-harming. Yoga calms the mind, increases self-awareness and helps one to realize the supreme expression of Self.

By the practice of non-violence, we are making the world a better world because we are making ourselves better people.

 

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