THERE are several reasons why those following spiritual path need to cultivate non violence. One reason revolves around the law of karma.This law states that forevery action there is are action. As we sow, we must also reap. Whatever we do is credited or debited to our karmic account. If we cause injury to any living creature, we must pay for that deed in kind. Most people live in ignorance of this law. They harm others without being aware of the consequences.

There are courts of law by which certain crimes are tried, many crimes seemingly go un punished. We may think we have escaped punishment, but sooner or later we must pay for our deeds, whether it is in this life or the next. IT is inexorable. Those following spiritual path refrain from violence. If we want to reduce karmic debt so that we can return to God, we must develop nonviolence.

Another reason for developing nonviolence is based on the fact that violence to other forms of life is interfering with God’s creation. How can we expect God to grant us entry to the spiritual regions if we mistreat His creations? We may consider the lower forms of life insignificant. We may think insectsare repulsive andreptilesuseless.

But for some reason known to Him, God created each life form. To Him, all are His children. What is more, the outer form is but a shell or casing for the soul within. And that soul is a part of God. If we can feel so much love for our children, how much more love must God feel who has created the entire universe? Imagine His pain to see His most intelligent life forms, His most noble creatures, human beings, injuring His less endowed children? We who are the highest in all creation should be the most spiritual and noble of His creatures. It is incumbent on us to live up to the highest ideals for which He created us, and protect and help the lower life forms. It is forthis reason that those on the spiritual path advocate a vegetarian diet.

God has granted humanity enough growing plants as food. We need not kill animals, birds, and fish for our sustenance. If we wish to reunite our souls with God, we must keep ourselves pure. We must developlove for all creation. We can not say we love God, if we do notlove His children.

We should try to extend to all humanity and creation the same feelings of love that we have for our near and dear ones. We should realise that within each beating heart isasoul, and that soul is no different from ours. All souls are a part of God. All souls are connected by a deep bond. The soul in us is the same soul that is in all other forms of life. We should see that no injury is done to any soul,for when a part is damaged, the entire system is affected.

If we can cultivate nonviolence in our daily lives we will find that God is pleased with us and sheds more and more of His grace. We will become an abode of peace and tranquillity forthose around us. We will be helping God by becoming a conscious co-workerin His divine plan.We will be helping him relieve the sufferings of His children. Our progress will be accelerated and all other virtues will be added unto us.

If each of us could attain this cherished goal, this planet would enter a Golden Age in which there would be no wars or conflicts. There would be no more bloodshed and suffering. We would have a world in which there were peaceful solutions to problems and conflicts.

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