Ahimsa: The Path Out Of The Jungle

“How is it, then, that we claim to be the highest type of creature, yet act in a barbaric manner that would shame any reasonably decent denizen of the jungle?”

While it remains ever more relevant today, H. Jay Dinshah addressed this conundrum in his book Out of the Jungle in 1967; one of the first books of its kind in America.

This revolutionary book shows how the integration of Ahimsa (nonviolence) into every aspect of our lives will inevitably lead our race out of the darkened jungle in which we have come to reside and towards a bright new light.

Ahimsa is a sanskrit word which can be described rather fully in this acrostic from Dinshah’s book:

The compassionate way
Abstinance from animal products
Harmlessness with reverence for live
Integrity of thought, word and deed
Mastery over oneself
Service to Humanity, Nature, and creation,
Advancement of understanding and the truth

Out of The Jungle addresses the wide spectrum of ways in which Ahimsa may be used to improve the life of each individual as well as the entire planet. To truly embrace this concept we must integrate nonviolence in to all aspects of our lives; our actions, words, and even our thoughts.

Veganism is an integral part of opening up to a life of Ahimsa. Through veganism, Ahimsa can be infinitely better understood and realized. Veganism involves not purchasing, eating, or using any products that were created with cruelty. Once this part of your life is cruelty free, extending these principles to your actions, words, and thoughts begins to come naturally.

“It is a jungle, so they act like the worst of beasts. And in doing, they influence others around them to act in similar manner, until everyone so influenced turns that part of the world where they live into a jungle worse than any devised by nature. Then they lament that only the ‘law of the jungle’ can apply to life, that civilization is governed only by ‘jungle law,’ that ‘kill or be killed,’ rob or be robbed, and exploit or be exploited, are the valid rules that one must have to get by in this life. They make a miserable world for themselves and others who fall for this line of ‘reasoning.’ But they never seem to understand that it is of their own making.”

This book encourages humanity to look closely at what it has become and realize that we have the ability to step out of this jungle mentality, and into a bright new future where violence is a rarity instead of the norm.

Dinshah’s book is short and to the point, an easy read which uses logic to convince, instead of graphic descriptions. This book will leave you at a crossroads. You can choose to consume the information entirely, or completely disregard it. There is no middle ground when it comes to Ahimsa.

If you are interested in Ahimsa, veganism, or philosophy, this book will reveal truths that few people are exposed to but seem obvious once read, as though there is no doubt that the path of nonviolence is the one humanity must take if it is to survive.


Eternal Gardener
Eternal G7 years ago

I want to stay in the jungle!

Carmen S.
Carmen S7 years ago

thank you for sharing this

Kiana S.
Kiana S7 years ago

Thanks for the reading suggestion :)

Mary B.
Mary B7 years ago

I don't think we will ever be a world of vegans, but something we can all aspire to is non-cruelty.Our food animals need not be treated like beings to harvest, giveing no thought to their biological needs during their life times. We do not need to suject lab animals to painful test, especially for un-needed things like make-up. We also need not have conflict over every differing viewpoint. We are different and we can waste a lot of time trying to change others opinions, or just live our own lives, since it's the only one that is really ours to live.

heather g.
heather g7 years ago

Thanks for the beautiful explanation of Ahimsa.
I have compassion for those who don't understand or who do not want to learn about true happiness or how to attain it.

Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies7 years ago


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Ruth P.
Ruth P7 years ago

Jonathan N., it's not just violence - after all, one human alone can't do very much damage. It's cooperation too. Empathy is as much an instinct as anything else. Our species would not have got anywhere without it.

No-one is suggesting that people reading this should go and never do anything violent ever again, just that they should consider making it their motto. We're not as rational as we'd like to imagine, no, but we do have a little control over our thoughts and actions :)

Cynthia Blais
cynthia l7 years ago

noted ty