Violence and killing are not merely physical acts. They are psychological compulsions acted out of incompletion in the physical realm. The ruler of a country who orders warfare against others is the violent one, even if he hides behind his throne. Violence of the mind carries on as the vāsana or desires; the essence of the spirit, that incarnates from birth to birth. That is the horror that does not end with death. The spirit is violated, degraded, and degenerated by this attitude of violence.
A violent man is always a coward, an inauthentic person who does not have the courage to face the truth. He does not have the sensitivity to treat others as he expects to be treated. He goes out-of-integrity, losing his power of words, isolating himself in a cocoon of lies, using the excuse of defending himself, and commits violence against others.
When we become aware and conscious that the person next to us is actually an expression of the energy of God, how can we possibly respond with violence? It has nothing to do with whether someone is family, part of our culture, religion or nation; or part of our history, habits or beliefs. The other person may oppose all that we believe in. Yet he is as much a part of this Universe as we are.
That is why Kṛṣṇa says, ‘O Pārtha, how can that man slay or cause others to be slain, who knows him to be indestructible, eternal, unborn, unchangeable?’
ya enaṁ vetti hantāraṁ yaś cainaṁ manyate hatam I
ubhau tau na vijānīto nāyaṁ hanti na hanyate II 2.19
How can we? How can violence develop in us when we recognize ourselves to be God, which automatically enables us to be aware that every other living being, animate and inanimate too is God’s image?
If this message of Kṛṣṇa is truly understood, there can be no violence in this world, no self-hatred and no killing at all. You will not even kill an insect. You will not kill even in self-defense because once you are in completion, your space of completion is transmitted to the other being and that being will not even attack you.
Understand what Kṛṣṇa says and you will never have fear, either for yourself or for others. You are imperishable, you are complete; everyone around you is imperishable, complete. Shed your fear and violence and be complete. Let enriching others; let love for others fill your being.
Please listen from the space of listening!
Any root pattern you carry can be destroyed if you just have love for people. Decide to go on enriching everyone who is happening in your life.
One of the important secrets I want to share with you.
Any root pattern you carry can be destroyed if you just have love for people. Decide to go on enriching everyone who is happening in your life. When you enrich others, be very clear, you are constantly getting enriched. Decide life is for others. Life is for enriching. Enriching is life!
I tell you from my own experience, when I decided any wealth that comes around me is for others, the Cosmos showered me with wealth more than what I needed even for doing the work I am doing. In the same way, my knowledge is for others. I am not going to keep anything secret to me. Because I decided that whatever knowledge I have is for others, Cosmos is going on showering!
Listen to the definition of Enriching.
Enriching is the power that unlocks the power of Living, ātma śakti in you.
Enriching is you taking the responsibility with integrity and authenticity that you are continuously committed to enriching, which is expanding yourself and life in and around you.
Listen! The purpose for which you are born is enriching yourself and others. When you operate out of this understanding, you are most alive, at your peak and living enlightenment!
When Ādī Śaṅkara decided to bless a poor lady, immediately the golden amalaki (gooseberry) showered. If it happens in your life, you will have a bag to collect everything and you will tell the lady, ‘You gave one amalaki. You take one amalaki!’ The old lady gave only one amalaki to Śankara. That is why Cosmos doesn’t shower when you ask.
Just decide that life is for others! All the best things will be showered on you. You will get back to the space you were in when you were born, the purest space of life, the imperishable space! This is the jumpstart technique for enlightenment. Decide from this moment, ‘Life is for Others! Life is for Enriching!’ All your insecurity, fear, anger, greed, all your root patterns will become rootless patterns. Kṛṣṇa is giving this jump-start technique of enlightenment to Arjuna so that he enriches himself and others and fights to destroy the very root of his root pattern of fear and violence.