un-struck – anahata


Anahata by Aspen Moon Art

More on the topic of violence:

A beautiful reciprocity became clear to me today: the heart chakra in Sanskrit is called “anahata”, which is often translated as unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten. For me the term “unstruck” has always resonated, since it correlates with ‘the sound of one hand clapping’ – or Silence and Spaciousness, meaning the sound was created without using a strike or a pluck or any other kind of disturbance that normally creates sound waves in air. Anahata Nad refers to the Vedic concept of unstruck sound, or the sound of the celestial realm. Anahata is usually associated with a calm serene sound, without disturbance or dissonance.

Now we take the Sanskrit term “ahimsa” – often translated as non-violence, or “do no harm” and translates as a term meaning ‘not to injure’ and ‘compassion’. The word is derived from the Sanskrit root hiṃs – to strike; hiṃsā is injury or harm, a-hiṃsā is the opposite of this, i.e. cause no injury, do no harm.

The beautiful correlation is that the energy stream of the heart – anahata – (un-struck) expresses as ahimsa – not-strike or harm, i.e. compassion. Nice, huh!




related reading: ahimsa – a life free of violence





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