Apart from achieving our personal ambitions in life, we should strive to keep the aim of ‘not to hurt or cause pain to any living being’ too. This is one of the highest principles of human life. I personally believe that I would give others what I would like to receive. I would not like to be hurt by others so I should not hurt anyone. This is the aim of my life- human life. Whilst the fulfilling of ambition gives us personal satisfaction, an aim of ‘not to hurt or cause pain to any living being’ makes us rise higher in our spiritual development.

When carrying out our day to day interactions, many a times we may not even realise that we are hurting the feelings of others. So, first of all let’s try and understand the different ways by which we could be causing hurt to others intentionally or unintentionally, through our thoughts, speech and actions in our day to day life.

When we harbor negative thoughts or opinions towards someone – eg: oh they are so useless, they do not understand, they are annoying., the vibrations reach the other person for sure which hurts the other person, and in turn that person too begins to harbor negative thoughts and opinions for us. Due to envy or dislike for someone, we may wish bad things onto others. This could hurt the other person; but in turn it will hurt us in a much bigger manner.

What can be the solution to this? May be we can oppose the negative thoughts for that person and counterbalance each of them with five good ones. Bad thoughts are unhealthy and good thoughts are healthy for us and for others too. Also, we can take a vow to utilize your intellect for solving problems and never to form negative opinions for others.

How do we tend to hurt someone with speech? For instance, when we are annoyed with someone, our underlying hurtful emotions arising out of our irritation for that person, may get expressed through our words and could hurt the person. Words that try to establish authority over the other person are often laden with heavy expectations, they smell of ‘I know better’ attitude, and are demanding, bossy, stern or even harsh in nature. Such words could be received adversely by the person concerned.

Words uttered with a sting in the heart come across hurtful and it could cause damage to the other person. Bitter words hurt the feelings of the other person and create a barrier in our relationship. Our words mirror our thoughts. So if we have perceived bad opinions about someone, it surely gets reflected sooner or later.
All we can do is to think before speaking. Imagine how we would feel and react in a similar situation? We can use words which are short, pleasant, to the point and honest.

When we think that the conservation is going to be difficult or if we have to interact with someone you dislike, take time out to pray to God that ‘May the other person not get hurt by my words. Please give me strength to say words that help pacify the other person.’
Sometimes we may be insistent and demanding. Instead, let’s try to be willing to compromise and patiently listen to the point of view of the person concerned. Be selective in our choice of words by saying such words which inspire and bring about unity and the best in others.

Our conduct may be aggressive or on occasion violent, which could destroy the other person. If our body language is pessimistic and pensive, it could affect the other person adversely. Our negative facial expressions could frustrate, demotivate and even kill the optimism in the other person.

So as a solution to this, we can ask ourselves before we act, “Would I like if the other person acted with me in this manner?” If the answer is ‘yes’, we may proceed. But if the answer is ‘no’ we should refrain ourselves from doing that act or behaviour.

When we feel aggressive towards someone, keep praying within, “I do not want to hurt the other person. Oh God! Please give me strength so that I do not cause any hurt to anyone. “Yet, if wrong behavior does happen, then later on when things have calmed down, sincerely apologize for our behavior and win the heart of the other person. We should internally feel remorseful whenever we have inflicted pain onto someone and ask for strength from God to overcome harmful emotions like anger or bitterness, so that in future we do not become a reason to hurt someone.

Life is an echo of our intent.
So, if we maintain a caring and compassionate intent, results in our life too will be favorable.
All religious and spiritual paths propose that the essence of human life should be to not hurt any living being to the slightest extent. When we make a decision to not hurt others, subtle magical changes take place within. We begin to gradually become aware of our actions, thoughts and speech in situations and with people.

The more we practice the discipline of not to hurt others, the better we shall feel. Hence, every morning we should recite the following sentence 5 times: “May no living being be ever hurt to the slightest extent through my mind, speech or body”

And whenever we find we’ve hurt someone, do not despair. It is my personal experience to simply follow the 3-step process called pratikraman to reverse the aggression caused to someone successfully by asking for heartfelt forgiveness.

1.Alochana – Confess the mistake. Here, we accept our mistake and confess it before God. For example, “Oh God. It was my mistake that I was angry with so and so, and as a result, I hurt their feelings.”
2.Pratikraman - Ask for forgiveness for that mistake. Here, with all repentance in our heart, we sincerely apologize for our mistake before God. “Oh God, Please forgive me for my mistake.”
3.Pratyakhyan - Make a firm resolve to never repeat the mistake. Here, we pray to God, “Oh God, I vow that I shall never repeat this mistake again. Please give me strength to fulfil my vow.”

This is a scientific process which will yield beautiful positive results for us and even to the person whom we might have hurt. As long as we are remorseful for our deeds and we do pratikraman, upholding the sincere intent of not hurting others, our life will improve for the better.

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Author's Bio: 

Ambalal M. Patel was a civil contractor by profession. In June 1958, spontaneous Self-Realization occurred within Ambalal M. Patel. From this point on, Ambalal became a Gnani Purush, and the Lord that manifest within him became known as Dada Bhagwan. A Gnani Purush is One who has realized the Self and is able help others do the same. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to go from town to town and country-to-country to give satsang (spiritual discourse) and impart the knowledge of the Self, as well as knowledge of harmonious worldly interactions to everyone who came to meet him. This spiritual science, known as Akram Vignan, is the step-less path to Self-realization.