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.
Greed keeps one in a state of continuous seeking and chasing desires. A greedy person is always poor and empty inside even though he may have lots of material assets at his disposal. Greed inevitably leads to unrighteous and corrupt practices. It makes a person very unhappy, fearful, dishonest and irresponsible. Greedy people can never enjoy life as they always want more. Greed can lead to total imbalance and exploitation of man and nature, which can result in widespread damage.
Attachment is the root of all suffering; it comes from the need to feel supported and valued by people, objects and roles. It creates a strong sense of false support and identity. 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.
Ego is the subtlest enemy of the soul. When we are under the influence of ego, we are totally disconnected from self-respect; we fabricate and identify ourselves with a false self image.
An egoistic person always feels insecure and seeks attention. It is said, if it hurts, it is ego. An egoist is in delusion, always influenced by praise and defamation. Ego isolates a person and creates clashes, discord, hatred, and blind competition.
When we violate ourselves, we are violating eternal spiritual laws that are needed to sustain peace and harmony in this world. The Supreme Soul, the ocean of knowledge, purity, peace, love, happiness and power, recreates and re-establishes a new world order and culture of ‘ahimsa’ as the supreme dharma and way of life.
Violence can be eliminated when we follow spiritual principles to become vice-less through Rajyoga, which is a spiritual process of intellectual communication with the Supreme.