The chief topic of our deliberations is not disarmament,
elimination of war or world peace. The focus of our debate and
interaction should be: have we trained human beings adequately enough that
they are enabled to take effective and fruitful steps towards the realisation
of the objectives of promoting disarmament, removing threat of war and
strengthening world peace. We have had enough orations and preachings on the
subject fall of virtuous content. Only talk, talk and talk will lead us
nowhere. Time has come to determine how we can make peace all pervasive in the
life of individual and society.
Those who commit violence or wage wars and conflicts never
admit their guilt or confess having done something wrong. In fact they prepare
for, as well as, conduct conflicts with utmost efficiency and the use of most
modern weapons and technology. On the other hand, protagonists of non-violence
only hold conferences and meetings. We have not evolved our weapons to defend
ourselves from succumbing to the cult of violence or to be able to sanely
prevent it from escalating when it occurs. This is our weakness. In fact, very
little effort has been made in this direction.
Look at the contrast. For committing violence or
undertaking actions and steps using violence as a tool, there is elaborate
training of the army and the police. However, no well conceived training or
intense and well-organised effort of a long-ranging and comprehensive nature
is there to strengthen the forces of non-violence or to be able to use
non-violence as an effective tool; for the solutions to problems that bedeire
inter-personal, inter-society, national and international life. Those who
wield power and authority betray a dual and at once mutually contradictory and
conflicting personality. They tend to over concentrate on programmes of
weapon---building programmes and training projects for their use. Precious
little is done by them to promote the use of non-violence ways and techniques.
There is the lack of balance.
Let us clearly understand the basic truth. War can never be
stopped until we go to its root causes and tendencies and tackle them. War is
the result of the outcome of certain hostile perceptions and tendencies. I
would appeal to endeavour to identify the root causes and address themselves
to them instead of repeating the common place and oft-repeated talk about the
need of peace and disarmament. And we need to devise training programmes for
the volunteers of non-violence, so that they could contribute towards building
up in the society the right approach and the right culture (sanskar)
which would make non-violence universally acceptable and pervasive.
There is seed in every human being of violence as well as
non-violence. Our training for non-violent action should aim at germinating
the seed of non-violence. Our starting point and premise is that the world
needs a healthy society and a healthy individual. As long as violence remains
a medium for the solution of problems, the society and the individuals will
remain sick with distorted vision and misguided perceptions.
All of us have faith in the cult and culture of
non-violence. But emotional approach will not do. We cannot be effective if we
allow ourselves to be carried away by emotions. We need to articulate
intellectually on the issue, control our emotions and strengthen our reasoning
and convictions about the means and methods of the training and preparations
for adopting , widely using non-violent action as a tool to promote peace and
Abraham Lincoln once wrote to the teacher of his son
advising him to impart to his son not merely academic training and education,
but to prepare him to face the ups and downs of life in a confident, brave and
ethically balanced manner. He should teach him how to incorporate love and
kindness into his thinking as well as action.
Acharya Shri Tulsi has given us the direction and the
inspiration. Let us move forward in the direction of formulating programmes of
training for non-violence. The challenge confronting us is two-fold :
Firstly how to convert to non-violence those who have
somehow acquired faith in the use of force.
Secondly how to go to the very fundamental source of
thinking and reasoning--the human brain. We need to activate its right
hemisphere as much as the left one and reinforce the parasympathetic nervous
We cannot reach our destination if we proceed in a
half-hearted manner or take piecemeal or ad-hoc measures. We need to think
with clarity, conviction and precision. We should focus the practical and
concrete aspects of the principles of non-violence and make it a vibrant
factor in our day-to-day lives. Let us hope and trust to have a concrete
action for strengthening and consolidating peace and non-violent action all
over the world.