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...
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A small temple that quenches thirst

If there is an oasis in the spiritual desert, then it is here – a small, beautiful piece of stonework that relives all stress when merely glimpsed. Stand on the stone steps and let the cool breeze moisten your skin. A place that satisfies equally the body, mind and soul. In the surrounding fields and villages, nothing like this exists — the architecture, the artistic stonework emerges from nowhere, making one wonder: What stories does the intricate artwork conceal? There used to flow nearby (or still is?) a small stream whose water was sweet. I can dimly recall tasting the water and its subtle sweetness when I was very young. On a subsequent visit, the stream had dried up, and the holed up water undrinkable. The heavenly fountain of life has an end too. Photo Courtesy: Peter & Jackie Main ...
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