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Ahimsá, Non-Violence

This section is called Ahimsá, non – violence. Ahimsá is one of the basic foundations of Dharma. It is the first step in Patañjali’s Yoga, the root of all yamas and niyamas and is addressed to in all classical yoga texts: in theVedas, the Bhagavad Gítá, Hatha Yoga Pradípíka. It is also present in the teachings of Buddha and Mahávíra.

Those who walk the path of Dharma should always pursue non violence. Violence, himsá, can be perpetrated through thoughts, words and actions. These thoughts, words and actions, creators of suffering, should be avoided and ideally banned. We can be violent towards ourselves, through negative self criticism or negative habits that we create, but more often we are violent towards others: other human beings, animals or nature.

Each and every form of violence should be avoided. As the human being tends to be more compassionate towards beings that belong to his own species, he tends to make the interests of the human species prevail above other species interests. We are usually more alert and receptive to the idea of changing habits and courses of action that may result in human suffering.

Unfortunately, the suffering of non human beings is not attended in this way. Non-human beings don’t express themselves like we do and don’t organize or join efforts in order to defend their interests. This is why they are unprotected and vulnerable to abuse. Before overlooking this section with fear of being disgusted or emotionally distressed, please think twice.

None of these videos and pictures were set here to shock, nor do they portrait far away realities that don’t relate to us. On the contrary, they picture the daily horrors that millions of animals who are bred for meat have to endure. These situations that you are about to see happen every day, all over the world, and will keep happening as long as the various animal exploitation industries exist.

We thought that we owed to these animals to show people their suffering, so that people can consciously choose to keep contributing to their suffering or not.

If, at this point, you are thinking you don’t like to see these images, that they disturb you, remember that they represent only a few seconds of emotional discomfort in your life, but portrait whole lives of physical and emotional pain that animals have to endure, and to which you may be contributing – a whole life of intense suffering, without a break, without rest, without the chance of being able to say I don’t like this and look to the other side.

Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!

Maria and Miguel



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