Ahimsa or The principle symbolizes love, genuine care, and compassion towards all living beings

As social beings, we are influenced to some extent by society, environment, and stereotypes. What should we do if our surroundings do not lead us on the path of harmony, kindness, and integrity? How can we remain undaunted even in the most difficult life circumstances? Shine like the sun? Delight the space around us?

Very often, especially when living in large metropolises, you find yourself in a system where there is a lot of violence. Violence is not only present in big cities; it exists everywhere, including on the internet, in the media, at work, in educational institutions, and even in our own homes. The modern world is woven from patches of violence, primarily in its subtle and harsh manifestations, sometimes invisible to the eye. Violence involves not just physical actions. It is the deliberate imposition of one's opinion, attempts to remake someone to fit one's standards, insults, criticism, and much more.

We all, as God's creatures, are familiar with the 10 Biblical commandments: do not kill, do not steal, do not commit adultery, honour your father and mother, do not bear false witness against your neighbour, etc.

Each commandment seems simple on the outside but in reality, carries a deep meaning.

In the Vedas and yoga, there is also a rule; it is called ahimsa, which means non-violence. Non-violence is what Gandhi practised when liberating India. One of the most famous writers and philosophers in the world, Leo Tolstoy, also wrote a lot about this.

Types of Violence

There are several types of violence:

  1. Violence towards oneself.
  2. Violence towards other people, including loved ones.
  3. Violence towards animals.
  4. Violence towards the surrounding world.
  5. Violence towards God.

The types of violence listed above, which manifest in life, distance us from true happiness, closing off the possibility to draw energy and inspiration from the Source.

Let's examine each type of violence in detail.

Violence towards oneself usually manifests at four levels: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.

Lack of regimen, a sedentary lifestyle, unbalanced nutrition, working late and without weekends, consumption of alcohol and drugs, fast food, smoking, lack of necessary hygiene, and a careless attitude towards one's health, etc., are examples of physical violence. But we are not just bodies; we are souls living in the bodies at this moment. In other words, the body is the vehicle, and the soul is its driver. And yes, we need to refuel with quality fuel, wash the car and interior, regularly do maintenance, fix malfunctions, change oil, battery, etc. The same applies to electric cars.

Because if we don't act, our vehicle breaks down and stops driving. The same applies to our body; if we don't take proper care of it, it becomes sick. The most important thing is balance in relationships with our body, soul, mind, and emotions.

Violence over the mind includes watching meaningless TV shows, surfing the internet and social media, reading useless literature, and condemning other people.

When our mind is cluttered with news from the yellow press, cheap romance novels, and gossip, sooner or later we will realize that the world is dangerous and that people around us are evil and envious.

It is very important what we feed our minds. Whom we learn from. It is very important what we watch, read, talk.

If we read sacred scriptures, we will come to God.
If we watch movies about true love, we will learn to love.
If we learn humility and selflessness, we will learn to create strong bonds.

The emotional level can also include various forms of violence, such as the accumulation of unexpressed emotions, negative emotions (fear, anger, sorrow, shame), deception, insincerity, holding grievances against other people, accumulation of negative emotions, and working in an unloved job.

Holding grievances against other people is one of the most vivid and terrible forms of violence. When anger becomes habitual, it also violates the commandments.

You may ask, how to live correctly?

Living someone else's life or moving on someone else's path is also a form of violence towards oneself.

Violence at the spiritual level includes the concept of atheism.

Violence is a very broad concept. If you look closely at your life and admit that there is something to work on, you can see those aspects of life that require changes.

We will talk about other forms of violence in the next article.