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How to make Religious and Spiritual Progress?

Question: Can you please elaborate on the subject of ahimsa (non-violence) in one's religious and spiritual progress?

Dadashri: Ahimsa itself is a religion and ahimsa is also  spiritual progress. The definition of ahimsa is: to maintain the awareness to not hurt any living being, even in the slightest degree, through your mind, speech and actions. You will make spiritual progress when this principle remains firm in your conviction and awareness.


Question: How do you benefit in life with the mantra 'Ahimsa Parmo dharma' (Ahimsa, the highest religion)?

Dadashri: Every morning before leaving home, you should recite the inner intent, 'I do not want to hurt any living being, even in the slightest degree, through my thoughts, speech and conduct'. Repeat this five times. Having done this, if you do end up hurting someone anyway, you must take note of it and repent for the mistake.

Dadashri: All you have do is to have and protect the intent that you do not want to hurt any living being, and repent for the times you cannot maintain it.

Questioner: Is it really possible to live in this world filled with all kinds of living beings without hurting any one of them? Can we satisfy every living being that surrounds us in every circumstance?

Dadashri: Whoever desires to do so, can do it. If the goal of ahimsa is not attained in one lifetime, it will be attained in two or three life times. If your goal and decision is firm and you maintain ahimsa in your awareness, then absolute ahimsa is inevitable.

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