Ocean Of Problems - The Boat to Non Violence: 30 ►Non-Violence in Thoughts

Published: 16.06.2020

From the view of Jaina scriptures killing someone’s thoughts and presenting the same concocted thoughts is not less than killing a living creature. One who kills a living creature takes its life only but one who kills thoughts becomes responsible for killing numerous lives. Violence is way to one’s downfall. A violent person becomes responsible for the descent of his own soul. Influencing someone by one’s own wrong ideas and thus persuading the person tomove in a wrong direction is causing violence. A person who fails to realize the value of non-violence in thoughts, how he would comprehend Mahavira’s non-violence.

No person must tamper with anyone’s thoughts, from this point of view Lord Mahavira propounded the theory of Anekantbad (to seek one in many); almost every master imparted the thoughts of non-violence but from individual’s point of view the violence that is caused was pointed out by Mahavira only and he made people aware about it. The theory of non-violence in thoughts is his unique contribution.

From this point of view it can be accepted that failing to understand one’s perception in proper way or not presenting it in a proper way is not justice either on person’s part. This is a great violence. Lord Mahavira has said that we must try to understand one’s point of view from his perception and present it accordingly.

Every material consists of varied nature. People who have partial vision catch hold of one particular nature and perceive it to be the whole. This goes beyond truth and non-violence.

We must try to perceive something wholly and present it neutrally. This would be a justice to others thoughts to one’s own self and to truth and non-violence.

In the field of religion and philosophy arguments, debates, and controversies are a frequent phenomenon. This happens due to partial or narrow perception. In the ancient days there were great scholars of scriptures. If we discern at it from the view point of non-violence its value is not more than wrestling. The question of victory or defeat in itself is a kind of violence. But all this happens due to partial or narrow minded thoughts. If we try to perceive anything wholly then violence in thoughts can be easily erased.


Title: Ocean Of Problems
Author: Acharya Tulsi
Publisher: Jain Vishwa Bharati, Ladnun
Digital Publishing:
Amit Kumar Jain
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