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The Non-violence Is A Philosophy of Life

Updated on November 10, 2014

The Non-Violence

All wise men down the ages have preached the doctrine of love and non violence. Zoroaster, Buddha, Mahavira, Christ, Nanak primarily emphasized a moral code that gave due status to non-violence.

Non-violence is a philosophy of life, a modus operandi which has been accepted as an article of faith in the East as well as the West. "Non-Violence is the law of our species as violence is the law of the brute" - so spoke Mahatma Gandhi, celebrating the need and nature of the principle of non violence for mankind.

But what does the word ‘non-violence' mean in simple terms? To what extent can and should non-violence be exercised in daily life? And is it not true that the world today is in dire need of non-violence?

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About Non-Violence

Non-Violence: Statue
Non-Violence: Statue | Source

Non-violence is a conception based on the fundamental goodness of man. In the fight for what is right and good - freedom, morality, justice and equality, violence must be evaded.

All these are to be acquired by avoiding use of physical force. One must avoid imposing pain on others to win one's own goal however true and justifiable it may be.

Evil must be opposed in a calm manner and not through violence in thought or action. For almost always violence begets violence - and there will be no end to it.

The path of non - violence calls for a great amount of courage on the part of the person practicing it to achieve the best of goals. It also calls for guts and a lot of self-sacrifice.

Thus non-violence, asMahatma Gandhi said, is not the weapon of the coward but of the strong.

Just like other compassionate principles, non-violence fails to make sense once you take it to an extreme. It is not achievable for man to exist at all if he is to guarantee that he does not harm or injure a single animal, plant or micro-organism throughout his life.

We breathe - and in the mere act of breathing we kill a number of germs and bacteria that cannot be seen by the naked eye. We walk - and the mere act of walking crushes innumerable tiny, microscopic organisms that proliferate on the soil.

Moreover, injury by itself need not be solely physical in nature; it can be emotional and mental as well. There are no standard and practicable measures by which we can gauge the extent to which an act may cause mental and emotional harm.

Mahatma Gandhi is measured the apostle of non-violence. Truly, he lengthened the perception so that non-violence as a principle acquired a totally new meaning and breadth.

For him the path of AHIMSA (Non-violence) was the only way to attain freedom and truth which was the supreme authenticity for him. He clarified how ahimsa was an energetic force and not simply a term passive in its meaning.

The struggle through ahimsa was a rightful struggle that demanded a lot of merit and virtue on the part of its followers. Ahimsa, for Gandhi, was not weakness.

Gandhi encouraged the use of ahimsa so that its practice on an individual level might finally increase its implication for the nation as a whole. Only individuals compose a nation.

The efficiency of the message of non-violence advocated by Gandhi can be measured from reactions all over the globe. We have self - perceived students of Mahatma Gandhi in leaders like Aung San Su Kvi and Nelson Mandela.

In the Present times, it is violence that has surfaced as one of the most general causes of human suffering. The search of material benefits has resulted in growing controversies between individuals, groups and nations.

New forms of violence have thus appeared. Highly sophisticated and deadly chemical and nuclear weapons have opened up ways to impose an utmost of devastation and damage.

In truth, one ought to blame the modern ways of living for the violent predispositions that have taken strong roots in mankind. There is less of tolerance, perseverance, true courage, commitment and absolutely no sense of values at all.

Man today is lost; and wandering souls can be easily deceived in the name of anything. Violence has grown to such an extent today that it has almost acquired some kind of authenticity.

One fears that the growing violent mind-set will eventually wipe out mankind as a whole. The world is to a great extent in need of non-violence as a way of life, to proliferate the gospel of love, brotherhood and peace.

Man must awaken and understand that the world of violence in which he is living can blow up on his face at any time. Before time runs out, man must recognize the stupidity of indulging in violence and give it up.

Only the path of non-violence can truly offer mankind release from all ills and bring about harmony in the world. Only non violence can restore sanity around us.

Mahatma Gandhi Statue At Chennai Marina
Mahatma Gandhi Statue At Chennai Marina

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Mahatma Gandhi Statue At Chennai

"Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."

Mahatma Gandhi

Books About Non-Violence

Pschology of Non-violence and Aggression
Pschology of Non-violence and Aggression
"This book is "the missing link" between the studies of nonviolence and the field of psychology...this is a valuable source of deep thinking to understand the psychological dimensions of peaceful behavior. Kool takes the reader through the main schools of psychology and discusses, with deep knowledge, their relevance for understanding how nonviolent behavior can be understood as a human reaction in certain situations. For psychologists, this volume opens doors to the lesser known world of nonviolent activities in social conflicts. As a complement to the enormous number of works on aggression arld violence, Kool offers a focus on the constructive, peaceful, and creative reactions for humans in conflicts. The problems of understanding and measuring nonviolence are discussed in detail, and several methodologies are examined.

The Dalai Lama, Inner Peace and Non-Violence - Vid - .

Book About Ahimsa (Non-Violence)

Ahimsa: Non-Violence
Ahimsa: Non-Violence
Ahimsa Non-Violence explores the traditions of the Jain religion. Jains are an extraordinary people who put into action their deep belief in non-violence. Their adherence to ''Ahimsa'', non-violence in all thought and deed, means that the Jains are not only strict vegetarians but take an active humanitarian role in caring for all animals. Mahatma Gandhi adopted Ahimsa as his fundamental rallying cry, as did Buddhism itself. Ahimsa Non-Violence is an intimate look at a philosophy that offers hope and peace for the rest of the world.

Useful Link About Non-Violence,

Non Violence is a philosophy and strategy for social change that rejects the use of violence. As such, nonviolence is an alternative to passive acceptance of oppression and armed struggle against it. Practitioners of nonviolence may use diverse methods in their campaigns for social change, including critical forms of education and persuasion, civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action, and targeted communication via mass media.

Mahatma Gandhi's Speech.

From Gandhi (1982) is a biographical film about Mohandas ("Mahatma") Gandhi, who was a leader of the nonviolent resistance movement against British colonial rule in India

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    • linhah lm profile image

      Linda Hahn 

      7 years ago from California

      I much prefer nonviolence.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      8 years ago

      I so wish more people would follow this philosophy. There is way too much violence in the world. Blessed.

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      8 years ago

      Returning with an angel blessing for this great wisdom.

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful article - thank you for this information. I enjoyed reading it.

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      8 years ago

      The Homo Sapien speceis is disabled and not fit to survive short and long term.The next step in our evolution is a totally nonvionet species, the Homo Sapin Sapien species. one which can achieve nonviolent sacrifice on the individul, national and planetry levels if needed.

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      9 years ago

      The Transformation of a Nation

      The Living Word says

      "I beseech you my brother... be transformed by the renewing of your mind".

      To truly be a part of humanity, one must detest the inhumane.

      To deny, ignore, or accept man's inhumanity towards man

      is a plague that will allow that same inhumanity to knock on your door.

      The Kingdom calls the GOLDEN RULE Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. How could it be that I live in a world where there is nothing going on adverse to any man. No man is suffering injustice at the hands of another. No man is killing another man. Many people don't want this. To separate the inhumane and the humane will split many of us to the core. Therefore we live in a dog eat dog world. We don't have to accept this, ANYMORE.

      Cain smote his brother Abel and lived to talk about it.

      This is our problem and that's when it started, so what can we do about it?

      We can cry "ABBA FATHER my child is vexed with a devil"(Matt 15:21) and we place the care on THE LORD. Forcing a hand of innocents dead and the guilty living because we didn't do our part in raising our children.

      If we are to be responsible, though we can't go backwards and re-raise our children nor can we re-write mistakes, we must admit to being a being intent to cheat humanity at some point in our life and therefore not offended by the "Being intent to cheat humanity" term.

      Like the woman from Canaan who wasn't offended when Jesus called her a dog.

      I submit that she was called a dog and knew she was a dog because she failed to

      Protect her daughter from being vexed with a devil... dogs don't raise their young.

      We must understand that this admission sets us free and that it's not a life sentence but a Springboard bottom to a moral crisis. "What the devil meant for evil God can turn it around.

      The First step is to embrace humanity in all its parts, kinds, types and distinctions as part of the whole.

      And anything or anyone that would "cheat Humanity is cheating you. When a life is taken, it is cheating you personally.

      Cheating Humanity becomes very distasteful when "being intent to cheat humanity" becomes the term of offense, because, by law; the offender being intent to cheat humanity is a b.i.t.c.h. This revelation is a very big deal. News Flash We are looking for an alleged b.i.t.c.h. in your neighborhood.

      With out any malice or emotion this can become a factual statement able to stand up in a court of law.

      All of a sudden the offender is offended

      We simply call the shooter what he is. Is it an accident that the word fits so well?

      Running scared, hiding out or maybe even locked up but living to talk about it.

      How many people have used this word to relieve the frustration of the event?

      You bitch, you killed my baby!!!...

      For the word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow,

      and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb4:12


      The Second step is to re-educate the nation on what a being intent to cheat humanity looks like... massive advertising.

      We crucify the being intent to cheat humanity in effigy: But not just an effigy multimedia effigy. From the serpent to the mobsters to the thugs to the punks with guns to the crabs in the barrel. WE place all the Scourge of society on the being intent to cheat humanity on the cross as Jesus took all our sins on himself to the cross.

      "What we see him do we shall do also and more."

      Teaching the youth of what not to be and making them aware of the scorn that goes along with that stigmatism

      The Third step is for society to stand together with eyes of conviction against beings intent to cheat humanity

      If society as a whole would adopt the view that humanity is ours personally and we let it be known if, and when

      we are cheated and who cheated us ...Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight but

      all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.Heb 4:13

      meaning the bitch can't hide. Society will draw out all beings intent to cheat humanity and isolate them from itself.

      Erradicating the b.i.t.c.h. behavior but saving the man. Its time to re-educate the nation with a revelation to bring about

      the manifestation of the Kingdom that we pray for. Thy Kingdom Come... This word is the two-edged sword. With it we

      can isolate inhumanity from the human, condemn the act but save the person, avoid retaliation, and save ourselves from

      the conditions deep disgust of mankind, fear of each other, and a feeling of

      That's the way of the world. No that's the way we made it.

    • vkumar05 profile image


      9 years ago

      Non violence is the core of human civilization. Great Lens.

    • ColorPetGifts profile image


      9 years ago

      Thank-you for promoting non violence

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      destination lm 

      9 years ago

      This lens is just perfect. Thank you so much for sharing. Ciao, Andrea

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      9 years ago

      I am very pro-non violence...MLK is an inspirational man to me!

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      avorodisa lm 

      9 years ago

      In the 20th century people have witnessed how many inventions and great ideas turned out the bad side. Drugs that must kill pain started to make drug-addicts. Atomic energy led to some catastrophies. Transport helped people travel faster, but there have been and are so many accidents. For me, the concept of non-violence is more about the preservation of the human life itself. No matter how far a technological or scientific progress can lead us, we should remember about the other side of it and the danger for the human life, and try to improve the security.

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      Harshitha LM 

      9 years ago

      Ahimsa is powerful and great men have achieved commendable results with their policy of non violence. Yet extreme non violence is not feasible. Great lens. Thumbs up

    • efriedman profile image


      9 years ago

      Very good reminder of the importance and the power of non-violence.

    • Krafick profile image


      9 years ago

      Very good text on non-violence. Rafick

    • chezchazz profile image


      10 years ago from New York

      Bravo! What an important and beautifully presented lens. I'm sending a link to this to all of my political representatives (in the U.S.) and urge other readers to do the same!

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      10 years ago

      What a wonderful world it would be if all could embrace non-violence at every level. Beautifully done! I love the revolver sculpture.

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      10 years ago

      This lens is really well put together. Great flow and writing. Also visually it just works, thanks for making it. Liked and shared.

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      10 years ago

      We have Mahaveer and Gautama Buddha who not only preached but practised what they thought. The compassionate Buddha could turn the evil dacoit Anguimal to a saint with his compassion. A beautiful lens that constantly reminds us of Ahimsa.

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      10 years ago

      What a fabulous lens. I have Mahatma Gandhi's quote in my bathroom, it reads: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." I love that you shared this lens and put so much heart and soul into it. Take Good Care, Rose

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      June Campbell 

      10 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Thank you for this wonderful lens. I so support non-violence, but as you say, one cannot take this to the extreme. I love the gun statue. Brilliant.

    • sukkran trichy profile imageAUTHOR

      sukkran trichy 

      11 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      [in reply to sandyspider] thank you sandy

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great lens on non-violence.


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