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  • When we hear or read the word 'violence', the picture that
    comes immediately to the mind is that of beating, burning,
    riots or terrorist attacks- everything physical.
    I was reading an article in Vedanta Kesari by
    Swami Visharadananda.
    He writes, physical violence is the worst and grossest
    form of violence.
    But there is verbal and mental violence, equally hurting.
    Many a times we speak without thinking, we do not care
    about the feelings of others. Some people are so used
    to looking at the minus points of everything, they do not
    even realize what they are doing.

    “ A mind which is busy thinking of others faults is like a
    housefly looking for a wound and relishing it”.

    Swami Visharadananda has written,“In order to practice
    verbal non violence, we should remember that it is not
    easy to heal others' hurt feelings, but to hurt others is easy.”
    Speaking ill of others in their absence is also verbal violence.
    If we keep thinking ill of others, sometime or the other it
    comes out- through words or actions. First it is a mere
    idea, if we do not check it, it slowly assumes greater
    form and intensity.
    Non-violence or ahimsa means 'sensitivity to others',
    'Do unto others what you want others to do unto you.'
    Sarcasm, laughter and even a smile can hurt others.
    The entire Mahabharata took place because Draupadi
    laughed at Duryodana at the wrong time, that pierced
    his heart like a spear. The seeds of Mahabharata war
    lie embedded in Draupadi's laughter”.
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