Metaphysics of Ahimsa Essay

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Metaphysical ideas shape the sociological and physical behaviors of societies. Within the religion of Hinduism, there is an overall purpose in life which can be affected by participation in the religion’s code of ethics. Ahimsa is a metaphysical ethic that affects the practicing individual’s connection to the overall purpose in life, as well as his or her connection to the society. The social aspects of this ethic shaped its origin’s society, and eventually spread to affect and shape ideas in other societies around the world as it was passed from generation to generation. An ethic is a set of honorable standards, or a moral code, which governs a particular group’s behaviors based on opinions about what is morally acceptable within that …show more content…
To achieve ultimate knowledge is to realize Brahman. Realizing Brahman is to be divine and to eliminate all ignorance from one’s life. Divinity comes from two different relationships; the relationship between Brahman and Atman, and the relationship between karma and samsara, previously discussed. These two relationships consist of the metaphysical ideas within the religion and society. The idea of metaphysics refers to anything that is believed to exist, but not able to see. Metaphysical ideas can be supernatural or spiritual. Brahman is the ultimate reality and within everything. Atman is in everything human, and it is “one” with Brahman, therefore, they are the same and divine, and everything living in the universe is “one” and part of the ultimate reality. The ethic of ahimsa is connected to the overall purpose of life, ultimate knowledge, because if you harm another living creature, you are harming yourself by accumulating karma, and therefore harming your atman; because we are all philosophically connected, you’re harming others by harming your atman. Achieving the ultimate knowledge means you cannot be indifferent to causing harm to other people, and you’re required to participate in the common good, otherwise you are participating in ignorance. The quest for ultimate knowledge and a successful samsara, or liberation from samsara altogether, is essential to the existence of the ethic of ahimsa from generation to generation.

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