Hindu/Sanskrit word meaning:
“causing no harm, no injury, no violence to any living creature”
Mohandas Gandhi furthered the definition of ahimsa with the following:
“….nonviolence was the active, unconditional love toward others, the persistent pursuit of truth, the radical forgiveness toward those who hurt us, the steadfast resistance to every form of evil, and even the loving willingness to accept suffering in the struggle for justice without the desire for retaliation. . . ” cac.org – Richard Rohr
These words are attributed to Jesus in Matthew 5:9:
“Blessed are the peacemakers; they shall be called the sons and daughters of God.”
This lifestyle of nonviolence is a choice which each one of us has the ability to pursue because we are created as children of a loving and compassionate energy force that has been named God in the Judeo-Christian tradition. We have been given the option to follow or deny this truth of the human condition.
Peacemakers are not always the statesmen and women who are at the forefront of peace pacts and international treaties. Normally these people accomplish what they do from a position of power and strength often forcing and enforcing their particular ideals of peace. Yes, they serve a purpose in the world order, but they are not the peacemakers to whom Jesus referred.
It is you and I who need to be the peacemakers in relation to our neighbors, our friends, our family, our enemies and, most importantly, to ourselves. It starts from that divine spark within every human on earth. We have the ability to be the peacemakers who bring peace into the insanity of our world which is spiraling toward a violent, fiery demise. As Jesus prophesized, we have been blessed, but we have a responsibility to use that blessing.
PACEEBENE.ORG ,a global nonviolent organization of education and action, will be leading an annual CAMPAIGN NONVIOLENCE September 14-22, 2019, working toward a culture “free from war, racism, poverty, and environmental destruction.” Let’s join and support in whatever way we can.