Non-harming – ahiṃsā

Day 15 – Yoga Challenge
Today one our yogis impulsively swatted a fly that was hovering around the shrine during practice. The practice of ahimsa, not only teaches us to be compassionate, forgiving and tolerant of all beings. Yogis can also work towards attaining peace both inner and socially through the wider practice of ahimsa (non-harming action). We can be actively involved in environmental concerns, helping animals in need, and attending to members of society who need our help. Equally, if we transgress and cause inadvertent harm we can take responsibility for our actions by generating a field of deep loving compassion.

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 Ahiṃsā and Karma

Each action, especially those that cause harm and injury, have a karmic effect that  can psychologically damage both the instigator and the recipient. 

Ahiṃsā means that we refrain from inflicting harm on all living beings, be it through negligence, ignorance, or even wilful intention. We stay vigilant of our dominant urges, taking full responsibility for our actions and their outcomes.

Inflicting harm, or engaging in violent acts are never adequate solutions for any difficult or challenging situation. The practice of ahiṃsā means gaining mastery over our base impulses, and controlling the use of force through humble and gentle means. As Gandhi explains:

“Nonviolence is the law of our species as violence is the law of the brute. The spirit lies dormant in the brute and he knows no law but that of physical might. The dignity of humans requires obedience to a higher law-to the strength of the spirit.”

Moreover, to advance on the…

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