Noninjury and Brahmacharya

Cybertalk: Bodhinatha speaks on vasudhaiva kutumbakam, "The whole world is one family," in reference to the current problem in India. He discusses the problem of the "my people" concept, that of exclusion, and the division it creates in the world. Next is ahimsa, noninjury, as it relates to speech, and the problem with joking, teasing, gossiping and backbiting. Bodhinatha reiterates a caution Gurudeva gives to those practicing brahmacharya, total sexual abstinence, with regard to the power of their words and thoughts.

Photo of  Gurudeva
Giving a gift begrudgingly in return for another gift is, of course, mere barter. Many families barter their way through life in this way, thinking they are giving. But such gifts are cold, the fulfillment is empty, and the law of karma pays discounted returns.
—Gurudeva