Why is violence necessary?

We have celebrated the victory of the non-violent movement made popular by Mahatma Gandhi.  Nonviolence has become a term of decadence, while violence is a term with a connotation of ignorance, and little is known about unavoidable, necessary violence or “natihamsa”, thereby glorified violence.  We still lament violence, but we celebrate people who have saved us from dangers even if they had to kill many to do so.

In other words, glorified nonviolence is our favorable option, which often is replaced by necessary and thus “good” violence.  The gap between the two is the individual criteria to be exercised in order to reach the perfect conclusion. It is a question of evaluation of time, place and circumstances.

The exercise of our free will comes into play with our submission to authorities, who have enforced values which have to be defended even with violence as the last resort. We hardly take into consideration some type of necessary violence such as the plowing of fields. The plow is a very violent instrument for the earth and its inhabitants.

When a doctor cuts out a boil or performs some invasive surgery, that may also be considered a form of trauma or violence, and there is also monetary compensation involved. Armed public servants often encounter situations where someone innocent may be annihilated. What a huge responsibility. The world of crime knows little about scruples. To steal an earring, they can tear the ear, and for ten to twenty dollars you get a desperate drug addict to become a hired assassin. There are great tests to pass. Weapons create fear and submission to the weapon holders. They easily wind up in the hands of people who abuse that submission.

Another problem comes from the tendency to exercise one’s false superiority by torturing and abusing others. Raping, stealing and other crimes by armed individuals, both from the armed public services or the armed criminals, is a daily story. It requires that those who touch weapons must be carefully trained. Actually, every person must undergo such “weapons responsibility therapy” because even our fitness can be a weapon. Violence or nonviolence has to be decided in every person’s life on numerous occasions. Maturity, compassion and justice all play their part in responsible decision making.

OIDA Therapy provides the training necessary to have a clearer understanding of the three. The ancient wisdom of India tells us that compassion, cleanliness, austerity and honesty are the basis of proper discrimination.

The ancient wisdom of the Incas tells us: do not be lazy, do not steal and do not lie. The ancient wisdom of the indigenous tells us to be careful guardians of Mother Nature. This for example, leads to an understanding that water contaminating industries have to be stopped to protect the innocent victims. The underlying original law of nature and human responsibility should form the basis for both lawmaking and individual decision making. Decisions show a person’s maturity in different circumstances and faith in higher values.

Another consideration is the violence people commit against their own bodies. They range from suicide to eating poison as well as damage to the nervous system caused by consumption of different types of intoxicants. People need to be extremely appreciative of the value of life and a healthy mind and body.

OIDA Therapy trains us to understand the shallow nature of materialistic consumerism that has spread almost everywhere.

Necessary violence sometimes includes defeating the unhealthy concepts disseminated by those who financially benefit from the ignorance of others.