One of my favourite metaphors – I use it a lot in my therapy is the story of the two trees on the mountain top as the wind was blowing. The oak tree stood firm and upright daring the wind to do its worst. But the willow bends with the wind but will not break (unlike the oak tree). The willow tree trusts that his roots go deep and will hold him even as he bends with the wind.
Sometimes we have to look for our roots to find that they too go deeper than we would ever imagine. And when we do find them, then we can bend with wind but not break.
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AHIMSA PARAM DHARMA
by Sophia Yasmeen
“There is no quality of soul more subtle than non-violence and no virtue of spirit greater than reverence for life” Mahavira
Ahimsa is a Sanskrit term meaning non-violence. The literal meaning of this word is the avoidance of violence. The actual definition of AHIMSA is not to hurt or to make any harm to anybody physically, mentally or by language – not to cause any pain or injury to any other being in any possible way.
Nowadays people use this non-violence theory mostly as a technique to solve conflicts. However, meaning of ahimsa is used in a much wider sense; – it is one of the major ethical
principles of human life. PARAM means Ultimate or Noblest and Dharma means Duty. Ahimsa is the noblest dharma. Everything in creation is held, nurtured and preserved by a principle that is called dharma of mankind. The whole basis of dharma is ahimsa.
A great prophet said, “we have to be more humble than grass and more patient than trees, we have to give respect to each and every living being and we always have to remember God." These are the supreme qualities of human nature. The one who has all these qualities will be able to attain the principle of absolute non-violence.
The one, who is free from enmity, hostility, jealousy, envy, spite, or malice to every living being on the earth, is by nature nonviolent. If we cultivate the feeling that everybody in the world belongs to one family. In this sense we are relatives to each other. It is the perfect way to build a society without violence.
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