How long would a vow of non-violence last?

If one were to take a vow of peace and non-violence in all its forms – speech, thought and action – chances are it wouldn’t last five minutes in the big world. Every sphere of life is ridden with conflicts that never fail to arouse us, and it is always the passionate animal inside that they ping on. It did not take long for Moses to lose control and break his first commandment. If you get up in the morning and your thoughts are full of hatred, curses, and ridden with reactionary violence, that is the time to remember that what makes us human is that part of the psychological iceberg that rises up above the water, on which shine the bright rays of the sun. Anger is the most stupid thing in the world. How bad it makes us feel long afterwards? Recently in the overcrowded train, a young man argues with an older man over a most silly situation. As is...
Read More

The path of non-violence

We are surrounded by violence today, and the media too is eager to bring it to us.  Our body, mind and soul are being filled with violence. So much so that, for the common man today, violence has become the first and surest means to resolve problems. Little do we realise the immense power of non-violence. That it alone can make us live a real and fulfilling life. That non-violence is also the road to self-discovery. There is an instinct of aggression in all of us — for self preservation.  Children show an affinity for violence early on.  But the real man, a true man, is a product of non-violence. We hurt others, and in doing so, ourselves in many ways through violence – in thought, speech and action. It is no exaggeration but an evident fact that the world today is burning with violence. Whether it is at home, the neighbourhood, or the world affairs at large. We are injuring others...
Read More

Say it like it is: Let free speech rule

Constitutions may guarantee it, but this is one of the most burning issues in the world today. Growing up is all about free speech. Well, even children practise it, in fact more than adults, because they don’t face the consequences that may befell adults. Closely attached to free speech is humour. Most jibes and insults are traded in humour, except in a real fight. There appears to be no limit to what you may say in humour. And that’s where sarcasm, parody, taunts, cartoons and caricatures belong. I am not really an expert with verbal wars, but the issue is understood by everyone. It is no secret that major religions and communities of the world have been at war with each other at some point of time in history. And the war has continued on a different platform today. And in the last decade, almost on the same platform. We know bad things have been said and done in history by all nations...
Read More