Ahimsa (non-violence) is one of the foremost vows of good life. It is a supreme duty of man - ahimsa paramo dharmah - thus scripture declares. In the regeneration and divinisation of man, the first step is to eliminate the beastly nature. The predominant trait in beasts is cruelty. Therefore sages prescribed ahimsa. This is a most effective master-method to counteract and eradicate completely the brutal, cruel nature in man. O earnest aspirant! Ponder the great significance, and immense importance, value and blessings of ahimsa. Start its practice now - this moment.
Ahimsa is not merely non-killing as some think. Ahimsa is perfect harmlessness and positive love also. It is to abstain even from the slightest thought of harm to any living creature - mentally, verbally, or by deed. There is no excuse nor exception to the above rule. Harsh words to beggars, servants or inferiors is himsa (cruelty). To fail to relieve pain or trouble in another is negative himsa. To approve of another's harsh actions is against ahimsa.
Avoid strictly all forms of harshness, direct or indirect, positive or negative, immediate or delayed. Practice ahimsa in its purest form, O Saumya! And become divine. Ahimsa and divinity are one. Contd…
Close the gates of the senses. Shut the door of the mind. Light the lamp in the inner chamber of thy heart and stand face to face with the Lord.