Ahimsa means ‘non-violence’, or ‘non-harming’. It is the central tenet of Hindu Philosophy, deriving from the awareness that everything is One; whatever lives inside us is the same ‘organism’ that lives in all things, therefore, to hurt another being is to hurt oneself.
Ahimsa is also the title of a ground breaking programme that Sri Ramana has created, teaching Natural Ecology to children and young people. The programme is comprised of a curriculum of 21 lessons, each falling into one of four subject areas; Nature, Environment, Earth & Animals, with one stand alone lesson – Water.
The lessons introduce practical information and factual knowledge about each topic, progressing to a more deeper appreciation of the underlying value of the topic, and how it relates to the inner life of the child learning the Programme.
The Ahimsa programme has been piloted in Andhra Pradesh, South India, where it has been delivered to over 1500 of the poorest children in the Tirupati district. It draws out the natural qualities in all children; compassion, empathy, kindness and care, fostering the creation of a cruelty free culture in the citizens of tomorrow.
For further information on the Ahimsa Programme, and the Pashupati Ashram Animal Sanctuary, please visit www.pashupatiashram.org.