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Ahimsa in the View of Indian Sages

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Item Code: NAD157
Author: Swami Adgadanand ji
Publisher: Sri Paramhans Swami Adgadanand ji Ashram Trust
Edition: 2009
ISBN: 8189308500
Pages: 75
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 100 gm
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O Arjun! How such ignorance is born at this critical juncture? Neither it is conducive to your reputation nor to your well being, nor any ancestor ever behaved like this. ‘ Anaryajushtam-form where you have learnt such anti-Aryan conduct? The Geeta is the code of the Arya. Nothing exist except the soul. He who has faith in its existence, is Arya ; he who is devoted to God is Arya. He who translates the technique of Yoga into conduct is the faithful Arya. As a result of this whose self is realised, who is self fulfilled is Arya. He has obtained the essence of Arayanism (This is spiritual Terminology).

Soul is eternal. He who is the worshipper of it , is the follower of Sanatan Dharm, That eternal soul is enshrined in the heart: ‘ Hirdi Sarvasya Visthitam’. In the 15th chapter, the lord says-‘ Sarvasya Chaham Hirid Sannivisto’- I inhabit the heart of all the persons (15/15). In the 18th chapter, the Lord says-‘ Ishwarah Sarva Bhootanam Hrideshearjun Tisthati’ (Geeta, 18/61)- Arjun! God is present the heart of all the creatures. The worshipper of heart situated god , came to be known as Hindu. So, he who is devoted to the existence, is Arya; he who realizes the eternal self is the follower of Sanatan Dharm(Eternal Religon) and he who is devoted to the God situated in the heart is known as Hindu. With the passage of time, the names change but all the three name breathe the same message.

For better understanding, go through the Eternal commentary of Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta known as ‘ Yatharth Geeta”.



Ahimsa is originally a term of Yogix-practice. When Ahimsa, truth (Satya), non-stealing (Asteya), celibacy(Brahmacharya) and state of possessionlessness (Aparigrah) all are imbibed properly, entry into the higher regions of Yog becomes possible. Dharma (power or retention) meditation (Dhyan) and (Samadhi) trance ultimate Realization (Kaivalya Gyan ) become attainable through them. They are known as moral conduct or mental disposition (Sheel) and Atomism (Anubrat). They are the synonyms of Ahimsa. No Sadhana like Ahimsa exists separate from them.

Actually the messengers of the society floated this term ‘Ahimsa’ for injecting religious force to the idea of disarmament otherwise it is against our tradition. Since hoary past or the beginning of the civilization arms commanded an honourable place in our country. There is none among our gods or demons who is without any arm.

Indram the king of gods, possessd the weapon of lightning, Varun, god of sea had Pash (trap), Yam, god, god of death, wielded baton , Lord Shiv moved with a trident; Brahma was adorned with a lethal power and Vishnu with invisible discuss- shaped missile. In the Great War between gods and demons when the gods got defeated, the goddesses jumped into the battle-field and defeated demons. Not only gods, even demons(Rakshas belonging to the culture of Raksh) were not inferior in operating weapons. Their military inventions too were not lesser in number. For example- regaining life even after they got beheaded. Shukracharya, who was their mentor, used to reinfuse life in the army which lay dead. The invention of Raktbeej was miraculous. The more the drops of blood of demon fell on the ground, the greater the number of demons used to get up. Even she-demons were skilled in operating weapons. She-demons like Tadaka totally ruined the most prosperous country named Karush, established by Indra. Dense forest grew up there.

Kings and rulers too created record by winning all the three worlds and came to be known as all-conquering emperors. They used to acquire military skill through Rajsuya Yogya and Ashwamedh Yagyas. Ashok Samundragupt and Akbar are well known historical kings who were all victorieous. Our ancestors used to reach up to the world of gods in quest of superior arms. Arjun started trembling with fear after seeing the armies contronting each other, ready for the battle. He started praying lord Krishna that he would not fight at all because it was sin to kill the family members. The Lord Krishna loses good reputation, name and fame. Arjun retorted that it would be better if the armed Kauravas killed him defenseless, he would prefer death to such a sinful life. A man without arms is indeed a dead man, a corpse. That would have been the fate of Arjun had Duryodhan got him defence-less without arms. Everybody knows that he had plotted to finish the whole family of Arjun- along with Kunti , in Lakshagrih erected for burning the Pandavas to ashes.

Today out of the descendants of such heroic ancestors if a handful of them on account of their hot temper, turn out to be terrorists, people find it difficult to escape and save themselves.

Neither the Muslim rulers nor the Britishers nor the present governments have thrown the all conquering Indians to the present miserable plight, it is so because of the misleading interpretations of a part of a shlok of the Geeta which says- ‘Chaturvarnyam maya Srishtam’ and the social system laid down during the period of Pushyamitra shung by the professors of Dharm on the basis of their material education. It is true that Varna is an inner orderly step of the spiritual evolution aimed at realizing the soul, which is available to each and everyone who is in human body. But unfortunately the sociallegislators interpreted varna as caste and divided human beings in four principle castes on the basis of their birth comerlling them to earn their livelihood, according to the calling of their castes. They declared it to be their religion and forced them on the strength of the royal military to perpetuate the system and termed the life and death of the creatures of God as Himsa (violence) and Ahimsa (non-violence) turning people methodically into cowards who were out of wits and terrified.

All the castes were dissatisfied with the system of professional reservations and the concept of Himsa and Ahimsa, so the legislators of the society planned to hammer the idea of disarmament so that the disgruntled castes might not raise up arms against them. So that the Shudras who belonged to the lowest caste meant for menial service of the persons of higher castes might not become Vident under any condition. They were trained to believe that they were not meant to revolt when someone looted them. If they flouted this rule they were destined to go to hell. But Brahmins were allowed to raise up arms if someone grabbed their things which they got in donation. Vaishyas too could take up arms if any cow was in trouble, kshatriya alone were allowed to raise up arms, out of one hundred persons only seven happened to belong to the caste to kshatriya and the number seven included women, children and old person. If the invaders captured two of three such persons, all the remaining people could easily be enslaved and rounded up like sheep and goat.

The cunning social organizers imposed strict restrictions on general education in order to perpetuate the exploitation. They laid down canons that only Brahmins could receive education and only they could impart it. The Mahabharat, our representative cultural book and the Geeta which is the holiest of all the holy books emphasizing the essential unity were banned for general reading and even for keeping in the homes of common people. Now Smriti Granthas (books) were prepared and they were declared as Dharm Shashtras (Scriptures.)

It was compulsory in our culture to get proper training for operating weapons. When the devilish forces like Ravan got upper hand in the society they used to create hurdles in performing Bhajan(worship). They imposed the system of eat, drink and be merry. The saints and Mahatmas, on failing to convince and convert the mind of such terrorists, used to train the kings and rulers of those days for eliminating the persons of devilish nature. They made the mode the modes and methods of self-realization available to all and sundry. Thus we see that wars and battles are not opposed to Ahimsa they rather restored it and resolved the problems. People would always have to be ready and prepared for them.

Intensive training for the operation of weapons is indispensable for the self-defence and the protection of Religion and culture.

The terrorists never fall short of weapons. Disarmament even today is regarded to be meant for simple and peace-loving people only. Only they plead for disarmament who have stored in their armoury enough weapons and do not want that their monopoly is disturbed. This is the main cause of the unrest.

Mutual cooperation, kindness, brotherhood, tolerance, sympathy are most needed for leading a happy social life but they do not cover Ahimsa.

Now we should examine how and in what way Ahimsa has been dealt with by our ancestors.

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