Generally, violence is understood as physically hurting, harming and killing others. Of course it is violence, but this alone does not constitute more than 10 percent of the total incidents of violence that take place amongst human society. Ironically, such type of violence–though brutal–may not be taking place as frequently. Moreover, no one, including even the hardened criminals, is engrossed in the act of hurting or killing all the time. And if anyone did that, he/she may soon go mad at his/her own act of so much bloodshed. Even King Ashoka the Great underwent a complete spiritual change of mind at the bloodshed he caused in the battle of Kalinga.
A vast majority of we human beings suffers from and is perpetrator of another type of violence, i.e. reaction and revenge.
Do we not entertain malice in the heart of our hearts towards other even for no reason or, at least, for no obvious hurt? Though such malice may not be expressed in words or deeds, yet, all our speech and actions towards that person are governed by our sense of malice.
Stand before your mirror for a moment and ask yourself how many times daily we react in protest or in anger to others’ words and deeds and how often have we made up our mind to take our revenge of even the very small and unintentional insults and hurts.
Do we not entertain malice in the heart of our hearts towards other even for no reason or, at least, for no obvious hurt? Though such malice may not be expressed in words or deeds, yet, all our speech and actions towards that person are governed by our sense of malice. Is it not a serious incident of violence?
Such forms of violence are more serious since they violate the very dignity of human soul. It hurts both the receiver as well as perpetrator. Naturally, such an act of violence is much more harmful that the explicit act of physical violence (including even rape) and murder. The person caught in a violence of reaction and revenge on others can never be at peace and remains uneasy and restless all the time. Ironically, such a person justifies his act of violence and treats himself as a superior being who has been slighted by others.
Hence, if one wishes to be non-violent in the real sense, he should overcome his impulse of sudden and unthought-of reaction and revenge. Only then can one enjoy lasting peace and happiness.
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