the Spirit of Mahatma Gandhi lives through every nonviolent action
But it appears clearly that on the way, there is no simple ready for use recipe for following Ahimsa … neither is there for any other of the Yamas or Niyamas. As shown in these few pages, the assessment of Ahimsa is eminently situational : and it is not only the external actions, but also the motivation, the “spiritual level” of those involved etc. that have to be taken into consideration. Ahimsa is but a guideline, the polar star guiding us on our spiritual journey. It sets a direction but we have to rediscover it and actualize it anew incessantly like little children who rediscover the world at each moment. Through the practice of Ahimsa, we may again become able to wonder and to marvel. We may little by little become innocent and non-harmful again and start enjoying instead of chasing the world … and Reality.
Originally this note was a presentation given at the International Center for Yoga Education and Research / Ananda Ashram (Tamil Nadu) on 7th November 2008.
After having read this article, I pondered the teachings of my Sensei and recalled a time that a wasp had entered our dojo. I was anxious for him to rid us of the insect as I am allergic to stings. However, he gathered the wasp into a container and took it to the door and said, "Be free, little wasp, be free!" He did this in accordance with the teachings of Buddhism. In his gentle way, he reminded me that the wasp "could" be the incarnate of a relative of mine.
I had and do have great respect for my Sensei. I respect his feelings as well as his beliefs. One of the most important things I've learned through my interaction with others, is how important it is to have acceptance. I strongly believe acceptance is a major stepping stone in our efforts toward peace.
Personally, I have stones to gather along my path toward enlightenment. However, I don't mind the hard work!
May your road be filled with blessings,