Understanding Violence

“When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent.

Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind.
When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence.

So a person who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
In yoga we honor the practice of ahimsa, or non violence. There is also the understanding that we are all connected and are not separate beings. It is the persona or ego that keeps us separate and fearful. The path of yoga is to awaken to our interconnectedness and to see ourselves in others.
May we all continue to plant seeds that bring us together instead of tearing us apart.

32 thoughts on “Understanding Violence

  1. We are on this journey together some need assistance, like kindness

    We are not in competition but most people think we are

    It is like we live in scarcity and need to grab all the happiness we can get before it runs out

    Kindness and love are bottomless

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  2. Beautiful post, Val. This quote is particularly helpful as we consider all of the ways humans identify themselves with or as. I am a citizen of the Universe…and have always felt that way…even feeling at times, like I do not belong here. This quote is powerful. Thank you. 🙏🏻💕

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  3. अहिंसा परमॊ धर्मस तथाहिंसा परॊ दमः।
    अहिंसा परमं दानम अहिंसा परमस तपः।
    अहिंसा परमॊ यज्ञस तथाहिस्मा परं बलम।
    अहिंसा परमं मित्रम अहिंसा परमं सुखम।
    अहिंसा परमं सत्यम अहिंसा परमं शरुतम॥

    H ❤

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      • The Mahabharata in Sanskrit. Book 13. Chapter 117. Lines 37-41.

        37 ahiṃsā paramo dharmas tathāhiṃsā paro damaḥ
        ahiṃsā paramaṃ dānam ahiṃsā paramas tapaḥ
        38 ahiṃsā paramo yajñas tathāhismā paraṃ balam
        ahiṃsā paramaṃ mitram ahiṃsā paramaṃ sukham
        ahiṃsā paramaṃ satyam ahiṃsā paramaṃ śrutam
        39 sarvayajñeṣu vā dānaṃ sarvatīrtheṣu cāplutam
        sarvadānaphalaṃ vāpi naitat tulyam ahiṃsayā
        40 ahiṃsrasya tapo ‘kṣayyam ahiṃsro yajate sadā
        ahiṃsraḥ sarvabhūtānāṃ yathā mātā yathā pitā
        41 etat phalam ahiṃsāyā bhūyaś ca kurupuṃgava
        na hi śakyā guṇā vaktum iha varṣaśatair api

        Think that’s right, Val.

        H ❤

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  4. I don’t agree with Jiddu Krishnamurti’s definition of violence. As long as we are stuck here in our human bodies, there is a need (at times) to differentiate ourselves from all the other bodies.

    Using a few convenient labels to describe our upbringing, experiences, etc., standing alone, is NOT violence.

    If the definition of violence is that broad, then the Dalai Lama must shed his robes and run around naked so that he cannot be identified as a Tibetan Monk. Or a Buddhist.

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    • I love Jesus too. He never excluded and chose to encompass all. It’s when the labels we use become “us “ vs “them” that sow the seeds of violence. I’m a woman and I am part of the greater human kind. Thanks for joining me here Mitch🙏

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  5. Such an interesting perspective! I will enjoy thinking this through. I have long believed that we are all connected and that respect and “difference” can co-exist beautifully, if we have the openness to see how much we share. I never thought of difference as particularly a negative thinking, or as violence. But I do think this is an on-going dialogue we need to have within ourselves. I like to think that I’m capable of fine-tuning my perspectives. 🙂

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