Mantra of Peace & Prosperity
Non-violence is not only the biggest virtue but the base of all other virtues. In the bliss of non-violence, turn other traits also precious. Without it, they become worthless. This is exactly what is happening in the world today. Overlooking of non-violence is costing us other virtues. Human rights’ talks are not proving to be extremely beneficial. The greatest crisis of the times is the loss human of values—being humane and qualities associated with it.
Non-violence is an eternal entity. Violence is devastation and non-violence is heavenly. If we want to reach the pinnacle of glory and development, want to enliven the infinite possibilities of life, want to bring heaven on earth, non-violence shall have to be adhered to absolutely.
Lord Mahavira says appropriately in simple terms: Joys are welcomed and sorrows shunned. All want to live and nobody wants to die. We must do for others what we wish others to do for us. This is humanity and the foundation of humanity. Humanity lies in protecting, not in killing. Hurting, murdering or torturing any man, animal, bird or living creature is evidently cruel and brutal. Violence, murder and massacre never have anything to do with human values. Values lie in the simple and elevated echoes of “live and let live”.
Non-violence is pre-requisite and essential for co-existence. Efforts to negate other’s existence and preserving one’s own prove to be useless and finally fatal and dreadening. Acharya Shree Umaswati’s famous saying is “paras paropagraho jivnam”—meaning everyone helps each other. Progress of society and social grace is based on this theory of non-violence. In this manner, co-operation, feeling of belonging, equality, equanimity, and such human values get resurrected through non-violence. Non-violence permeating from nucleus to perimetre renders happiness from man to the world.
Whether it is the case of degeneration of human values in the world, or the sabotage of human rights or other problems, violence, in one word, is the foremost and basic cause of all problems. And solution to all problems lies only in non-violence. “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” the whole world is a family such sentiments are evolved through non-violence in man. Mankind has endured the ill effects of wars, violence and killings, and fears the danger to humanity from the same anytime. No other method but non-violence can save man, humanity and the world.
This is perceptible that violence shakes the very basis of humanity. While killing others, man kills himself and his divine qualities. Lord Mahavira has explained this phenomenon in a very subtle form in Acharang Sutra whosoever you want to kill, that is you. Whom you intend to torture, that is you, and whom you want to discipline, that is you yourself. This advait-bhav is the basis of non-violence. One act of violence gives way to an endless circle of violence. Non-violence brings fearlessness to all. It is constructive and ushers in prosperity. Mankind is born from the womb of non-violence. All human values blossom, grow and spread under the aegis of non-violence. In fact, non-violence is the life-giving oxygen to humanity. Non-violence is the preserver of nature, environment, earth, water and all living creatures.
Man has marked an amazing progress in science and knowledge. But the respect for others and one’s own life has dwindled. A lot of revolutionary thoughts have emerged but behavioural revolutions have not taken place. Peace, non-violence and human rights are much talked about in the world but man is found wanting in proper and decent behaviour towards others. In this context, Sutrakritang-Sutra appears very relevant “Aivam Khoo Naninon Saram Jam Na hisai Kinchan. Ahimsa Samayam Chaiv atavantam Viyaniya.” It means being knowledgeable means not killing anyone. Non-violence based equality is the sum total of religion. This is all to be remembered.
When our behaviour, food habits and lifestyle are steered by non-violence, our life’s garden blossoms with innumerable, multi-coloured flowers of virtues. On the other hand, a tinge of violence devastates everything.
Non-violence propagates union, love, compassion and likewise feelings. Man’s integrity and warmth is in danger because of violence. In fact, warmth, service, sacrifice, truth, forgiveness, fellow feelings—such virtues are the by-products of non-violence. Non-violence helps us develop a view into our soul, the internal self. Others’ sufferings appear to be our own. The follower of non-violence is always ready to alleviate the sufferings of others. Where there is service, there is sacrifice. A non-violent person shall never trouble others, he will rather lessen their sufferings. By associating others with his own happiness, he will merely multiply his happiness and evolve them too. According to creeds of all preceptors, scriptures, great men and thinkers, non-violence is for the welfare of all. It is the greatest of all human values. Unity in diversity is required to establish non-violence. Only then can we save the nation’s universality. (The writer is founder of Sukhi Pariwar Foundation)
By Gani Rajendra Vijay