“The Scriptures of the Christians, Mussalmans, and Hindus are all replete with the teaching of ahimsa.” ~ Gandhi, CWMG, xxv. 522
As are those of the Jains, Buddhists, Jews, etc. The differences are only of degree, with the Jain scriptures (and practices) carrying their ahimsa teaching to the furthest and most demanding degree. This should tell us something about the centrality of ahimsa (nonviolence) in all moral systems and all human aspiration. It is for this reason that Gandhi urged that all children should be given “a reverential study” of all the world’s major religions. Not just an intellectual study, but enough understanding to bring respect. Imagine what our world would look like if religion were no longer a fault line for the most intense conflict but a unifying force.
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