living things indeed carries a highly respected meaning to me, It gives
one infinite joy to see the fulfillment of what one considers good and desirable.
As I grew and came in contact with fellow seekers.
I realised that my understanding of nonviolence was imperfect I sought to
understand it in totality. I came to realise that nonviolence meant not
to be stung by the oppressive cruelty of circumstances
There is nobody in this world who would not be enraptured by favourable
circumstances and hurt by adverse circumstances. I felt one cannot follow
nonviolence if one chooses to swim with the current of circumstances. The
delusion turn of favourable circumstances incapacitates consciousness, while
the vexatiousness caused by adversity renders it blunt.
is that independent state of consciousness. Whatever can be subdued by
heat or cold (one condition or the other) cannot be independent. Only
that can be independent which cannot be subdued by anything at all. This
is the light house of my nonviolence now. I am now more sensitive to living
creatures need for compassion. I would not have been constantly sensitive
to others' plight if I had remained a prisoner to circumstances.
do not always remain uniform. Consciousness reflecting these circumstances
cannot also remain uniform. Some people regard me as practical, others
do not. Some people think I am spiritual, others think I am playing politics.
There are many balances and as many evaluative criteria I am capable of
being weighed, being measured so I am weighed and measured. My nonviolence
would have been the nonviolence of the lifeless world of stones and my
peace of mind would have been the peace of mind of the cemetery, if I
had not been weighable and measurable. My nonviolence belongs to the living
world of consciousness and my peace of mind is one attested to hold in
the midst of the rear of the battle.
It is testified
by the fact that I fully examine the personality attributed to me by the
evaluation of others, but I finally recognise only that personality which
is the product of self-evaluation. My criterion too is my own this is
not the voice of my ego. It is the awareness of my existence, which is
not countered by another existence. This unopposed, unassailed state of
existence alone is my present nonviolence.
has two dimensions- resistance and retaliation or countering. Violence
too has these two dimensions. Resistance is self-defence and retaliation
fighting the circumstances. If non-violence were to lose resistance and
retaliation, its practitioner would become powerless and the balance of
power would be in the hand of violent people.
of the common man about the nonviolence should be removed. People should
know that nonviolence is not powerless. It has a much stronger power of
resistance and retaliation One who believes in violence resists and counters
it, being influenced by it and having accepted it. Violence on either
side belongs to the same class. Therefore violence does not end violence
it perpetuates itself.
One who believes
in nonviolence resists and counters violence by being uninfluenced by
if practices nonviolence by rejecting violence. Violence and nonviolence
belong to different classes. That is why nonviolence puts an end to violence,
absorbs its recurrence. The emergence of an independent consciousness
nonviolence and an expensive love, leaving no room for bitterness in its
countering or retaliatory power.
I have an untainted attitude. If I had accorded a place in my mind to
a consciousness enslaved to circumstances, my puissance would have been
Can there be a better example of my foolishness than my strengthening
the very thing that aims at making me impotent. I have been benefited
enough to be able to find my way out of darkness, having been enlightened
by the maxim, "Circumstances gain strength in proportion to the loss
For many years 1 have been trying to ensure the drying up of the source
of bitterness in me -the source which does not let happiness grow in me,
in fact, which dries it up. I consider having dedicated myself to the
deity of nonviolence the day I realised the truth that bitterness returns
and harms its source without reaching its target. I am not baring my conscience.
I am trying to read it under the illumination of the above eternal truth.
He alone is above the polarities of happiness and sorrow who is immune
to heat and cold. He alone is capable to destroying bondage who is not
swayed by circumstances. The world of image and its reflection is the
world of reaction. In its dictionary the word independence is not found.
In it there is neither spontaneous activity, nor any outcome of one's
own self; neither one's own power, nor one's own happiness. Whatever there
is mere reflection and impression, just regret and ennui. And it will-stay
thereas-long as the theatre of violence continues to be the centre of