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Aidan Rankin: Careful action

5 Février 2016 , Rédigé par POC

Pins sylvestres en forêt de Rambouillet. Photographie: Pierre-Olivier Combelles (2015)

Pins sylvestres en forêt de Rambouillet. Photographie: Pierre-Olivier Combelles (2015)

"Careful action is more than merely abstaining from abusive and harmful behavior. It involves considering the consequences of—and crucially, the intention behind—all forms of action. In Jainism, the concept of action encompasses thought. Thoughts and ideas can harm or uplift the thinker as they are the starting point for all acts of himsa or injury, as well as all beautiful, creative, loving actions. Iryasamiti is closely associated with the spiritual ideal of ahimsa: non-violence or non-injury to life. This, too, is far more than simple abstinence. It is about cultivating an attitude of calm and a state of equanimity through the practice of maitri (friendship with all beings) and recognizing that worldly entanglements, including material gain, political power, or academic success are but transient trifles of no ultimate significance.

Careful action is based on recognition of the four following ideas:

    Each life—and this includes all forms of life—is individual, unique, and precious.
    All life is interconnected and interdependent.
    Human beings and their concerns are but one small part of the earth and the cosmos; therefore, we should approach the rest of existence with humility and modesty.
    Human intelligence has evolved to give men and women the capacity for spiritual development and the possibility of liberation. However, this intelligence is a double-edged sword for it confers the possibility of choosing destructive over creative power, gross materialism over spiritual insight, himsa over ahimsa.

Careful action is therefore a form of conscious choice to minimize harm and act in ways that benefit others, both human and non-human."

Aidan Rankin

http://pocombelles.over-blog.com/2014/07/aidan-rankin-green-karma.html

Punaise verte (Nezara viridula Linné). Photographie: Pierre-Olivier Combelles (2015)

Punaise verte (Nezara viridula Linné). Photographie: Pierre-Olivier Combelles (2015)

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