To facilitate sustainable and harmonious resolution of situations of social and communal conflicts and disharmony through the means of dialogue and nonviolence, Shanti Sena will intervene by upholding fearlessness in the environment of fear; truth in the environment of untruth; and, nonviolence in the environment of violence.
We aim to raise a force of 50 trained Shanti Sainik by 2007. They will work in areas selected in their own neighborhood as their primary duty. We aim to raise such 100 trained Shanti Sainik by 2009 as our tribute to the Centennial of Hind Swaraj. They will be trained for nonviolent intervention in conflict situation outside of their neighborhood if needed.
As a member of a community, nation and the humanity every individual, directly or remotely, is responsible for any act of violation of truth, righteousness and morality. Out of this awareness one acquires a sense of duty. The one fired by such sense of duty is called Shanti Sainik. With courage and equanimity, such a person upholds truth when untruth rules, fearlessness when fear reigns; and, nonviolence when violence dominates. Violence in its all forms is borne out of suppression of truth and is sustained by the power of fear. While violence in its physical, mental and spiritual forms, lays its roots in dogma, it finds its nourishment in silence. To seek a remedy is an act of nonviolence.
If we look back we have a whole century of an extraordinary show of nonviolence which has enlightened the modern world as nothing else has. The unique and great experiment in the power of truth and nonviolence conducted under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi has since inspired nonviolent movements for human liberation through out the subjugated world and races. Western nations themselves started investing in what the Mahatma called development of "science of the Soul." In India only a generation back the power of ordinary people's nonviolence saw huge social and political transformation under the leadership of Acharya Vinoba Bhave and Jaiprakesh Narayan. Nonviolence is such a legacy of India which has no parallel in the world.
A society which can not resolve its problems through means of peace and nonviolence may develop economically, but such development can neither add into real prosperity nor strengthen democratic fibre. Even with less means, family, village, community and a nation can achieve prosperity if people are united in harmonious relationship. Shanti Sena is for building social harmony and resolving conflicts through the ways of nonviolence.
Devoted to non-violence, a Shanti Sainik is vigilant servant of the community.
Shanti Sainik approaches to resolve conflict at following five levels:
In order to build character of a nonviolent peace-worker one must devote a certain time consistently to selfless social service; introspect regularly in order to overcome anger and hatred towards someone whom one doesn't like, so that one practices and learns to imbibe forgiveness and compassion and thus become capable of loving and serving others.
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