We are witnessing increasingly shocking acts of violence these days. These are all manifestations of the violence within us. When human souls forget their true identity as ‘spiritual beings’ and begin to identify with their bodies, their roles and material assets, they come under the influence of vices. To think and act under the influence of vices is to commit violence, because the soul is violating its true nature of peace, joy, love and power.
The five forms of violence come from five vices–lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego–connected to the feeling of wanting or desiring. Lust destroys all purity and power in the soul. Lust is not just to indulge in physical pleasures. People often spend their lives lusting for money and power. Lust is an obsessive or addictive desire to seek support, fulfilment, happiness and self-worth by indulging in pleasure that finished all inner power and dignity of the soul. It creates endless cycles of desire and indulgence. It makes one extremely selfish and finishes all clarity, sensitivity, love and truth in the soul.
Anger is a fire that burns the self and others. When expectations are not met, when people don’t follow our way, we become angry and react violently. Anger blunts our discernment and decision-making powers. We are not able to think and act rationally when we are angry. We are overpowered by negative emotions and we use emotionally charged words or actions to force others to meet our expectations. Anger always makes a soul subservient to other people’s behaviour and situations. Anger can lead to destructive behaviour that can cause great damage on a large scale such as war, terrorism and murders.
Attachment keeps one entangled in the web of ‘mine’ and the need to hold on to whatever one is attached to. It makes one selfish, petty and narrow-minded.