We live at the most violent time in human history – we are violent towards fellow human and also to the planet, our Mother Earth. Our greed leads us to eliminate one whole species of living things (trees, insects, birds, etc), and to create deserts out of fertile land at an unprecedented rate. Our poisoning of river systems, underground water reservoirs and oceans is such that many rivers are now ecologically dead and oceans are covered with a film of oil that steadily diminishes their oxygen-producing ability.
It is as if we care so little for our children – in a few short years the irreversible degradation will be complete and they and their children will be destroyed by a poisoned and crippled planet. Even before that end-time, Nature will retaliate, seeking to shake the infecting organism (mankind) form its surface. Baba says:
Divine Discourse, 13-1-1997
Non- Violence is the zenith of human achievement and perfection. It is universal love that goes beyond our relation with our fellow beings and embraces all living and non-living things. It is the spiritual domain of existence. Here, one experiences the essential oneness and unity of all creation. It blossoms from the understanding that man has an obligation towards every object and component of this universe. And the least one can do is to try and extend one’s sphere of love to all.
In the context of human beings, Non- Violence means amity, harmony and the understanding; in the context of plants and animals it means non-injury that is, desisting from avoidable harm and in the context of nature as such, it means non-violation of the law and balance of nature.
Thus the practice of Non- Violence is not restricted to the physical plane alone but includes all the three, that is, thought, word and deed.
Summer Showers in Brindavan, 1978