Ahimsa paramo dharma does not come from the Bhagvadgita. It is a phrase used repeatedly in the Mahabharata, but the Gita does not have it. People regularly make this mistake. It is universal now, but don’t burden the Gita with lack of guts. Also, don’t try to make a spiritual prescription for something that was merely a social norm.
Making ahimsa non-negotiable was one of the biggest blunders ever made in Hindu society. An injunction not to be cruel or awaken your inner sadist became a cowardice and weakling producing factory.
Swami Vivekananda had said the last word on this subject in 1899: “I am for ahimsa — for the sannyasin. For the householder — self-defence.”
क्लैब्यं मा स्म गमः पार्थ नैतत्त्वय्युपपद्यते । क्षुद्रं हृदयदौर्बल्यं त्यक्त्वोत्तिष्ठ परन्तप ॥ २-३॥
That is what the Gita actually says. “Yield not to such degrading impotence. Abandon such petty fears from your heart and Arise, O Scorcher of Foes.” That is the sort of Paramo dharma I like.
‘Dharma himsa tattaiva cha’ is regularly quoted on the more militant side of things as the full form of Ahimsa paramo dharma. This seems to be something made up in the 20th century. Nobody has been able to find the original quote from the Mahabharata, which is the usual citation. But it does not exist there.
I am not saying the sentiment is wrong. I fully approve of it. But facts are facts and it is not Shastra insofar as has been currently determined. This has become an ‘evidence by citation’ blunder now. I first heard it in the 1980s from a very senior and respected spiritual figure who told me it was from the shastras. But I have been unable to find out which one, even though I have been looking for three decades. I think it does not exist. It is not real. But it should be!
Swami Vivekananda had said the last word on this subject in 1899: ‘I am for ahimsa — for the sannyasin. For the householder — self-defence.’
‘Sarva dharma sama bhava‘ is another popular phrase that seems to have been invented in the 20th. Sita Ram Goel speculated that the Ramakrishna Mission originated it and he may be right. Wikipedia, that Marxist den of lying liars, claims Gandhi originated it. ‘Although commonly thought to be among the ancient Hindu Vedas, the phrase is actually attributed to Gandhi, having been used first in September 1930 in his communications to his followers to quell divisions that had begun to develop between Hindus and Muslims toward the end of the British Raj.’ That would surprise me not a bit. It is precisely the sort of sanctimonious sentiment he loved.
I have complete disdain for this piece of tripe anyway. It has become the bedrock of the utterly tedious nonsense much beloved of secularists and idiot Hindus and nobody else, to wit, “All religions are the same ‘. Not only are they not the same, they are not of equal value either.
“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” was articulated to deceive and slaughter. It was included in the Hitopadesha as a warning against being credulous and a simpleton. It was fraudulent from inception. It was articulated by Kshudraabuddhi the jackal so that he could betray and feast upon Chitranga the deer. The entire fatuity was warbled AFTER a clever crow warned the deer from being deceived…
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This one phrase has become a perpetual nuisance. There is always some seminar going on and some idiot intellectual is quoting it with smug self-satisfaction while the ignorant applaud. Which is why I call it Vasudhaiva ‘Stupiditum’ — the world is full of stupids.