AHIMSA IS SUPREME VIRTUE
July 28, 2013 Comments Off on AHIMSA IS SUPREME VIRTUE
That work which gives elevation, joy and peace to the mind, is right. That which brings depression, pain and restlessness to the mind is wrong. This is an easy way to find out what is right and what is wrong.
Selfishness clouds understanding. Therefore if a man has got even a tinge of selfishness, he cannot detect what is right and what is wrong. A very pure, subtle, sharp intellect is needed for this purpose.
The Gita describes the nature of satva (purity), rajas (dynamism) and tamas (inertia in relation to reason) in chapter eighteen. It says:
“That which knoweth energy and abstinence, what ought to be done and what ought not to be done, fear and fearlessness, bondage and liberation – that reason is pure, O Partha. That by which one understandeth right from wrong and also what ought to be done, and what ought not to be done – that reason, O Partha, is passionate. That which, enwrapped in darkness, thinketh wrong to be right, and which seeth all things subverted – that reason, O Partha, is of darkness.”
Various other definitions are given by wise men to help the students in the path of righteousness. In the Bible it is said: “Do unto others as you would be done by”.
This is a very good maxim. The whole gist of right conduct is here. If one practises this very carefully, he will not commit any wrong action.
“Ahimsa paramo dharmah”. Ahimsa is non-injuring in thought and word and deed. “This is the highest of all virtues”. If one is well established in ahimsa of thought and word and deed, one can never do any wrong action.
Ahimsa comes first in the practice of yama or self-restraint. To give pleasure to others is right. To spread misery and pain, is wrong. One can follow this in one’s daily conduct towards others and can evolve in one’s spiritual path.
Do not perform any act that brings you shame or fear. You will be quite safe if you follow this rule. Stick to any rule that appeals to your reason and conscience and follow it with faith and attention. You will soon evolve and reach the abode of eternal happiness.
– Swami Sivananda