Ahimsa Animal Welfare is the philosophy of nonviolence, respect, and care for all living things., applied and practiced by Steven Monahan founder of Green Pets America Charities Charities, “Ahimsa Animal Welfare” and the “Ahimsa Humane Society”
WHAT IS AHIMSA PARK ?
AHIMSA PARK is the centerpiece of education and gathering place for our philosophy of non-violence. It is a gathering place for those who believe in non-violence, respect, love, and care for all living things, great and small.
The word Ahimsa is an ancient Buddhist life moral principle of nonviolence which applies to all living beings. It is a key virtue in Jainism, as well as Hinduism and Buddhism. Ahimsa is one of the cardinal virtues of Jainism, the first of the five precepts of Buddhism.
Nonviolence is an active force of the highest order. It is soul force or the power of Godhead within us. Imperfect man cannot grasp the whole of that essence – he would not be able to bear its full blaze, but even an infinitesimal fraction of it, when it becomes active within us, can work wonders.”- Mahatma Gandhi
The concept of Ahimsa extends to all living beings, and therefore, protection of the environment, natural habitats, and vegetarianism are its natural derivatives. Buddhism and Jainism impose total non-violence on their followers. In Hinduism, it means the principle of non-injury to living beings. Hindus, particularly in the southern parts of India, often abstain from eating meat in accordance with the belief in not harming animals. To one who reads the spirit of the Gita, it teaches the secret of nonviolence, the secret of realizing self through the physical body.
Background of Ahimsa
Ahimsa is derived from the Sanskrit verb root san, which means to kill. The form hims means “desirous to kill”; the prefix a– is a negation. So a-himsa means literally “lacking any desire to kill”. Literally translated, ahimsa means to be without harm; to be utterly harmless, not only to oneself and others, but to all living beings.
But its implications are far wider; it is more than not doing violence, it is more than an attitude, it is a whole way of life. It is the opposite of “violence” which is to hurt the vitalities of life force, through vibration due to the passions, which agitate mind, body, or speech.
Ahimsa in Jainism
The basic elements of Gandhi’s philosophy were rooted in the Indian religions of Jainism and Buddhism. Both of these advocate ahimsa, which is “absence of the desire to kill or harm” The Acaranga Sutra, a Jain text, describes the fundamental need for non-violence: “All beings are fond of life; they like pleasure and hate pain, shun destruction and like to live, they long to live. To all, life is dear”
Mahavira threw new light on the perennial quest of the soul with the truth and discipline of ahimsa. He said: There is nothing so small and subtle as the atom nor any element as vast as space. Among the Jains, one of the greatest virtues was to show compassion and kindness to fellow living beings. The clear rule for Jain monks is that all possible care must be taken not to harm living things while walking, acting, speaking, begging, or performing excretory acts.
According to the Jain tradition, ahimsa is a great vow of compassion in body, mind and spirit. Their scriptures state: Don’t injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being. The Jains believe that life (which equals soul) is sacred regardless of faith, caste, race, or even species. Harm done to other beings is considered harm to oneself since it attracts much karma.
Ahimsa in Buddhism
The concept of Ahimsa is the first of five precepts or ten precepts that the Buddha taught – “do not kill.” Jesus was the most active resister known perhaps to history. His was nonviolence par excellence. Ahimsa is certainly not cowardice; it is wisdom. And wisdom is the cumulative knowledge of the existing divine laws and sacredness of things, blended together within the psyche or soul of the Hindu.
Ramana Maharishi states: You do not like to suffer yourself. How can you inflict suffering on others? Every killing is a suicide. The eternal, blissful and natural state has been smothered by this life of ignorance. In this way the present life is due to the killing of the eternal, pristine Being. Is it not a case of suicide? Tolstoy was the greatest apostle of nonviolence that the present age has produced.
AHIMSA ANIMAL WELFARE
The modern philosophy of AHIMSA ANIMAL WELFARE and AHIMSA PARK was founded by Steven Monahan. AHIMSA ANIMAL WELFARE is a spiritual belief. And AHIMSA PARK is a physical gathering place for those who believe in non-violence, respect, love, and care for all living things, great and small. The Vision is for AHIMSA PARKS scattered across the globe.
Steven Monahan, animal welfare philanthropist, and founder of GPA Charities.org has been a leader in innovative animal welfare since 2004. GPA Charities is in the top 1% of all nonprofits in America. Gold Star Rated.
One aspect of AHIMSA PARK is a no-kill, nonviolence animal shelter adoption center. AHIMSA PARK is the introduction of a 21st-century enlightened paradigm for animal welfare across the Globe.
AHIMSA ANIMAL PARK
Imagine a Disney look pet park. A PETS Theme Park for sharing and celebrating the Human & Animal bond. Bringing together animal welfare, animal sheltering & adoption. And a fun events center for pet care and retail. Its name is Paws B Us.
A destination park for all things pets, parks walking trails, a no-kill animal shelter. A spacious community park and retail shopping destination center. A fun and beautiful Disney feel and look on a green 10-acre destination park. A theme retail and events center for all things pets and animals.
Non-Violence, No- Kill
AHIMSA PARK will have green parks and walking meandering trails, a non-violence, no-kill animal shelter, and a full adoption center. A shelter and adoption center that respects, loves, and cares for all living things.
Also, for shopping for unique pet and animal items a myriad of locally owned pet boutiques. And for a fun day an indoor pet community center, and outdoor pet events stadium for pet owners and lovers to attend local, and national dog shows and agility events. And for those coming or staying for a couple of days a Hotel, Boarding kennels, Veterinarian facilities, Pet-friendly Restaurants, National Pet Retailers, and so much more.
At AHIMSA PARK you and your companion animals can spend the day together. Enjoy pet events, pet-centric restaurants, in and outdoor dining. A stay-over hotel, and green space walking trails and parks.
Stop at Veterinarian offices, get shots, and wellness exams. Visit unique boutique pet and food shops. Visit dog groomers. Stop by and get a pet portrait. Maybe try pet obedience lessons. Or, dog Agility training, and events in our outdoor stadium.
Each park will have space dedicated to family-friendly activities. It will have local and National pet events at an outdoor stadium. and agility courses, and frisbee fields. And, pet owner training, and activities like hikes, dog agility teams.
All living things great & small
Close your eyes: imagine a Disney look Ahimsa Park in your community? Perhaps replacing a current animal shelter in your community. Ahimsa Parks is a bold idea. But one day they will be across America, and across the Globe. A new era, a new higher consciousness in animal welfare has arrived.
An end to euthanizing millions of healthy shelter dogs, and cats every year, day in, day out. Across the globe. Our companion animals are sentient beings that feel pain, experience life, and give us their total unconditional love. They seek only to please us and be with us. They teach us how to live happy lives. Non-violence, no-kill, respect, care, and love for all living things is the only thing that will bring happiness and peace to humanity.
The Vision is for planting AHIMSA Parks, across the globe. Non violence gathering parks, animal shelters and adoption centers. GPA Charities.org has been a leader in innovative animal welfare since 2004. They are in the top 1% of all nonprofits in America. Gold Star Rated.
Steven’s physical Vision for “Ahimsa Animal Welfare” is AHIMSA PARK… a place for those who believe in non-violence, respect, care for all living things, great and small. The Vision is for AHIMSA Parks, across the globe – no-kill nonviolence animal shelters – adoption centers. GPA Charities.org, Steve’s animal welfare charities have been a leader in innovative animal welfare since 2004. They are in the top 1% of all nonprofits in America. Gold Star Rated.