Non-Violence

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Nonviolence

non·vi·o·lence

The doctrine, policy, or practice of rejecting violence in favor of peaceful tactics as a means of gaining political objectives.

Buddhism
Not by harming life
Does one become noble.
One is termed noble
For being gentle
To all living things.
Dhammapada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Christianity You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder,and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. (Matthew 5:21, New King James Version)

You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
(Matthew 5:38-42, New King James Version)

Christianity

When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?”  Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.  but Jesus said, “No more of this!”  And he touched his ear and healed him.
– Luke 22:49-51

(Source – Jesus and Lao Tzu – The Parallel Sayings edited by Martin Aronson)

Hinduism

“What is the perfect path? It is the path of avoiding killing anything.”
Tirukkural 0324

Islam
“The Holy Prophet Muhammed came into this world and taught this: ‘That man is a Muslim who never hurts anyone by word or deed, but who works for the benefit and happiness of God’s creatures. Believe in God is to love one’s fellow men.” Abdul Ghaffar Khan

Jainism
All sorts of living beings should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away. Know about this, there is no wrong in it. This is the doctrine of the teachers. (Holy Akaranga Sutra)



 

Taoism

Force is followed by loss of strength.
This is not the way of Tao.
And that which goes against Tao perishes young.
– Tao Te Ching – Verse 30

Victory is no cause for rejoicing.
If you rejoice in victory, then you delight in slaughter;
If you delight in slaughter you will not succeed
in your ambition to rule the world.
Enter the battle gravely
with hearts full of sorrow.
A victory must be observed like a funeral.
– Tao Te Ching – Verse 31
(Source – Jesus and Lao Tzu – The Parallel Sayings edited by Martin Aronson)

Religious Science / Science of Mind

When Jesus said you have to lose your life to find it, he was saying: You have to lose your hate if you wish to find love … you even have to surrender fear, if you wish to discover faith. – Ernest Holmes, founder of Science of Mind
(Source – The Personal Practice of Nonviolence by Jennifer Hadley -located at
this site – Promoting Peace.org/)

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