Ahimsa lights the way
Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word for nonkilling and nonharming. It is not mere passivity, but a positive method of meeting the dilemmas and decisions of daily life. In the western world, we call it dynamic harmlessness which encourages nonviolent action to create positive changes.
Abstinence from animal products
Harmlessness with reverence for life
Mastery over oneself
Service to humanity, nature, and creation
Advancement of understanding and truth
ABSTINENCE FROM ANIMAL PRODUCTS
This is a meaningful, positive, highly practical manifestation of the inward attitude of kinship for all life. It brings positive benefits to the abstainer and to the animals, and the fellow humans one contacts.
HARMLESSNESS WITH REVERENCE FOR LIFE
Humans, being the most powerful creatures on Earth, must use that power ethically and benevolently, not as some mindless creature running amuck, killing and destroying, creating fear and hatred, and leaving degradation and death in its wake. This is another “negative-seeming” pillar with highly positive results.
INTEGRITY OF THOUGHT, WORD, AND DEED
In ahimsa, we work toward the state wherein there is
MASTERY OVER ONESELF
Ahimsa guides us in transcending our egocentric lower “brute nature” and bringing forth our finer, higher self. Instead of materialism and selfishness, have enlightenment and understanding. A measure of self-control is necessary for the achievement of every other pillar.
SERVICE TO HUMANITY, NATURE, AND CREATION
The path of ahimsa opens new doors to creative service, altruistic and unselfish living, and devoting oneself to helping make this world a better, saner, more harmonious place in which to live.
ADVANCEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING AND TRUTH
To “know” is not enough; knowledge must be understood. It should not just be swallowed, but digested, assimilated, and put to good use. Further, our perception of “facts” may change in time, as with the good old flat-Earth concept. We may not know
AHIMSA, ethics, The Golden Rule, Reverence for Life, ethical dilemmas, and dynamic harmlessness, and more are discussed in detail in the book Powerful Vegan Messages by H. Jay Dinshah and Anne Dinshah. Jay developed the Pillars of Ahimsa.
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