Ahimsa and Self-Realization: By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar
In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Ahimsa (nonviolence) is considered the first principle of the spiritual life.
Ramana Maharshi, the great sage of Arunachala has clearly stated, “Ahimsa Param Dharma”. Translated this means that nonviolence is the supreme religion.
Perfect Self-Awareness is Ahimsa. Practice of nonviolence with awareness that the same life resides everywhere purifies the mind and allows for the deepest relaxation at the mental, physical, and spiritual level.
Grace then manifests in the Heart as one’s own Self.
My teacher Chitrabhanu-ji used to say that the feeling of nonviolence and amity towards all life leads easily to Self-Realization.
The foundation of this site is built on the Satsang and the philosophy of divine love and nonviolence.
All discussions, articles, and conversations are in that context. In this world, where conflict, struggle, and wars have been the rule, there have been sages such as Mahavir who have explicitly stated that Ahimsa (nonviolence) is the cardinal principle to live by and to keep in mind as we live this life.
My friends, in order to gain peace, one has to give peace to others. This is the universal law as described and explained by the doctrine of karma. What we give to others, we give to ourselves. If we are able to learn this lesson by heart, it will influence our actions in this world. It is not an easy lesson at all.
Nonviolence is the most beautiful expression and manifestation of the unconditioned recognition of the Nature of Reality. This is our conviction. This ideal is our aspiration. As many times as we fall, we get up and stand on the foundation of nonviolence as our nature.