Ahimsa: Moving Beyond the Mortal Moment into the Moment of Immortality


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Ahimsa: Moving Beyond the Mortal Moment into the Moment of Immortality
The definition of the Sanskrit word ‘Ahimsa’ is the act of not injuring or being injured. The concept of ahimsa is found throughout the religious doctrine of several religions:” Ahimsa is in Hinduism, it is in Christianity as well as in Islam” (Prabhu & Rao, 1988). Ahimsa may be defined as a process of living a non-violent life, and existing in harmony with all living things, yet its essence is more complex. According to Mahatma Gandhi, “For the way of non-violence and truth is sharp as the razor's edge. Its practice is more than our daily food. Rightly taken, food sustains the body; rightly practiced non-violence...
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.....s a lifestyle. Ahimsa is a value driven commitment to the infinite on the part of an individual within the conventional realm of mortals. Although the essential seed of ahimsa that informs all human actions may never grow fruit in the mortal realm, it is in the individual and collective eternal striving for an eternal truth that enables the seed of ahimsa to grow to fruition. In adhering to a simple essential courageous truth, the world is made better by even the simplest action. As Gandhi stated, “Such courage comes from the belief that God sits in the hearts of all and that there should be no fear in the presence of God” (Prabhu & Rao, 1988).
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. Rao. The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi. Boston: Greenleaf Books. 1988.