A person should not use his or her thoughts as a weapon to hurt anyone. So, how can anyone use any other weapons like their speech and their body to hurt others? It is not the mind, speech or the body that causes pain, but the intent behind it. If for example, a non-violent person shot an arrow at someone, his victim would not bleed. In contrast, a man with violent intent would cause a person to bleed, even if he threw a flower at him. Neither the arrow nor the flower is itself ‘effective’, but it is the intent behind the act that yields the effect. This is the subtle meaning of non violence.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan constantly maintained the inner intent that no living should be hurt in the slightest through His speech, thoughts and conduct. His speech flowed with this very intent and He never used His mind as a weapon, even against the smallest of life forms.

If for instance, a scorpion stung Param Pujya Dadashri, He would not raise any weapon (His mind, speech or body) against it. By stinging Him, the scorpion would have fulfilled its’ obligation, without which there would be no liberation for Him. Even though it is the nature of the mind to retaliate, Param Pujya Dadashri never would.

On rare occasions, Param Pujya Dadashri would speak a bit harshly, but such harshness was like the difference between raw and refined silk. Such speech came out only rarely and only for people who were very close to Him. It was for their benefit. He would never use such speech as a weapon nor would He use His thoughts in that way. 

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