Excerpts from a newsletter of AHIMSA (Agency for Human Interconnectedness
through Manifestation of Spiritual Awareness) ...
"It is the divinity within the individual and the underlying
spirituality in every one of us that binds us into a universal whole
[...] we will abstain from causing injury to fellow humans, plants,
and animals on the planet earth only when we begin to live in the
consciousness that we are interconnected. Almost all religions of
the world teach that it is necessary to discover and to practice the
presence of universal consciousness within, before we can find
lasting happiness individually and peace and harmony in our society.
We can be proud of our scientific and material achievements.
However, to solve our economic and social problems we continue to use
violent means. With a growing world population and increasing
material wants, conflicts abound and violence escalates around us.
Scars of violence are readily evident, inflicted by humans not only
against fellow humans, but also against the environment which
sustains us all. The impulse to use violence as a means of
resolution of personal and social conflict is not new. It is rooted
in aspects of human personality that encourage uncontrollable want,
greed and selfishness.
Since insatiable desires arise from our preoccupation with body and
mind-centered personality, a renewed emphasis on another dimension of
human personality, namely the spiritual, is needed in everyday living
in order to enhance personal and universal good."
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