18 Facts About Ahimsa


Ahimsa is one of the cardinal virtues of Jainism, where it is first of the Pancha Mahavrata.

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Ahimsa is a multidimensional concept, inspired by the premise that all living beings have the spark of the divine spiritual energy; therefore, to hurt another being is to hurt oneself.

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Ahimsa has been related to the notion that any violence has karmic consequences.

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Over time, the Hindu scripts revise ritual practices and the concept of Ahimsa is increasingly refined and emphasized, until Ahimsa becomes the highest virtue by the late Vedic era.

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The Ahimsa doctrine is a late Vedic era development in Brahmanical culture.

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Across the texts of Hinduism, there is a profusion of ideas about the virtue of Ahimsa when applied to non-human life, but without a universal consensus.

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Gandhi believed Ahimsa to be a creative energy force, encompassing all interactions leading one's self to find satya, "Divine Truth".

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Gandhi stated his belief that "Ahimsa is in Hinduism, it is in Christianity as well as in Islam.

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Schweitzer praised Indian philosophical and religious traditions for the ethics of Ahimsa: "the laying down of the commandment not to kill and not to damage is one of the greatest events in the spiritual history of humankind", but suggested that "not-killing and not-harming" is not always practically possible as in self-defence, nor ethical as in chronic starving during a famine case.

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Ahimsa is imperative for practitioners of Patanjali's eight limb Raja yoga system.

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Ahimsa is one of the ten Yamas in Hatha Yoga according to verse 1.

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In Jainism, the understanding and implementation of Ahimsa is more radical, scrupulous, and comprehensive than in any other religion.

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Ahimsa was already part of the "Fourfold Restraint", the vows taken by Parshva's followers.

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In Buddhist texts Ahimsa is part of the Five Precepts (), the first of which has been to abstain from killing.

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Ahimsa precept is not a commandment and transgressions did not invite religious sanctions for laypersons, but their power has been in the Buddhist belief in karmic consequences and their impact in afterlife during rebirth.

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The Buddhist texts not only recommended Ahimsa, but suggest avoiding trading goods that contribute to or are a result of violence:.

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Ahimsa thought that, although this King of Magadha has transgressed against his kingdom, he had not transgressed against him personally, and Ajatasattu was still his nephew.

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Ahimsa did not make Ahimsa a matter of rule, but suggested it as a matter of principle.

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