BEYOND ALL WORDS OR FORMULATIONS
Among the words that need such exploration, few are as important as "violence" and "nonviolence." They have a direct bearing upon the ideologies that shape not only particular actions but also the entire tenor of life.
Spiritual life is a matter of perception and not of mechanical conformity to rules, even when these rules are meant to stand for the highest values. It implies an understanding that goes beyond all words or formulations. All words and formulations have a tendency to limit the Truth.
Therefore, those who seek to bring out the spirit underlying these formulations often have to launch upon a searching analysis of the formulated principles and to supplement this analysis by constantly retaining touch with concrete examples taken from life. This is particularly true of those guiding principles formulated through the opposite concepts of violence and nonviolence.
DISCOURSES, 7th ed, p. 67
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