SWAMI SIVANANDA’S TEACHINGS
🔔 SPIRITUAL DON’TS FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE AND GOD REALIZATION 🔔
In Continuation we complete Don’ts in Discipline.
We begin the
WAYS TO PEACE
Don’t keep in the heart any injury done by others.
“Ahimsa paramo dharmah-Non-injury is the highest of all virtues.” A Sannyasi should not defend himself when he is attacked. He should not use any weapon in his defence. A Sannyasi is one who says: “I am not body. I am immortal Atman.”
A householder can defend himself when he is in danger; but, the householder who practises Ahimsa in thought, word and deed, should also behave like a Sannyasi. There is a hidden power in Ahimsa which protects its votaries. The invisible hand of God gives protection. There is no fear.
First control your physical body. When a man beats you, keep quiet. Suppress your feelings. Follow the instructions of Jesus Christ and his ‘Sermon on the Mount.’ Says Jesus: “If a man beats you on one cheek, tum to him the other cheek also. If a man takes your coat, give him your shirt also.” This is very difficult in the beginning. The old Samskaras of revenge, “tooth for tooth,” “tit for tat,” “eye for an eye,” and “paying in the same coin,” will all force you to retaliate the man. But, you will have to wait coolly. Reflect and meditate. Do Vichara. The mind will become calm.
The opponent who is very furious will also become calm, because he does not get any opposition from your side. He gets astonished and terrified also, because you stand like a sage. By and by, you will gain immense strength. Keep the ideal before you. Try to get at it with faltering steps. Have a clear-cut mental image of Ahimsa and its immeasurable advantages..
Hari OM Tat Sat